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Hull FC 18-20 Castleford

Hull FC (6) 18
Tries: Yeaman, Tickle, Fitzgibbon Goals: Westerman, Tickle 2

Castleford (10) 20
Tries: Owen, Isa 2 Goals: Dixon 4


Willie Isa
Willie Isa's second try for Cas swung the game in his side's favour

Castleford survived a desperate late fightback from Hull, who had Sean Long sent off in the dying minutes.

Kirk Dixon's goal put Cas ahead before tries from Richard Owen and Willie Isa either side of Kirk Yeaman's score for Hull, Joe Westerman adding the kick.

Danny Tickle converted his own try in the second half to give Hull the lead.

But two more Dixon goals and a second Isa try put Cas back in front, 20-12, as Hull closed with Craig Fitzgibbon's late try and Long's red card.

Long was sinbinned, along with Castleford second row Martin Aspinwall, after a brawl with a quarter-of-an-hour remaining.

But he had only been back on the field for a matter of minutes before getting his marching orders for another ugly incident to effectively end the Black and Whites' hopes of victory.

Hull coach Richard Agar put himself in danger of receiving a Rugby Football League reprimand after launching a vehement post-match attack on referee James Child.

Agar's side have won just twice in eight Super League matches this season to leave him under pressure at the KC Stadium.

And, after arriving at the post-match press conference before the majority of the media, the furious Hull coach had to endure the sound of fans banging on the window, calling for him to resign.

I've got seasoned Test players in there coming in shaking their heads in disbelief

Hull FC coach Richard Agar

But Agar responded by accusing Child, who awarded 27 penalties on the night, of costing his side victory.

Having ended the night a man short, Hull had earlier been reduced to 12 men for the first time after just six minutes when prop Lee Radford was sinbinned for a dangerous tackle and, during his absence, Cas established a foothold.

Dixon was successful with his attempt at goal on 12 minutes before two shocking errors from Will Sharp two minutes later contributed to the game's opening score.

The Black and Whites winger jumped to claim a Rangi Chase field kick when he did not need to and lost the ball.

Two plays on and he misfielded another kick to allow Owen a try in the corner on his comeback from his double leg break against Bradford last February.

The conversion was missed and, when Hull were awarded a penalty on 20 minutes, they produced a swift handling move that caught Cas cold and left a three-on-one overlap for Yeaman to touch down in the corner.

Hull forged they way into the game and came close to scoring again on 32 minutes when Westerman tried to find Sharp with the line beckoning, but Cameron Phelps was left empty-handed when clean through.

Cas struck next with four minutes to half time when Sharp went to intercept a Danny Orr pass, only for the ball to go over his head and land in the hands of Isa, who raced in unchallenged, Dixon again missing the conversion attempt.

The hosts were awarded a penalty on the half-time hooter, which Westerman landed from five metres in, to make it a four-point game at the turn around.

Richard Whiting came close to opening the scoring 10 minutes into the second half with a 50-yard break before being caught and Tickle crashed over from close range, converting his own score to put Hull ahead.

Dixon landed a penalty on 57 minutes to draw Cas level and they re-established their lead when Chase danced his way into space and delivered two dummies to put Isa in again.

Dixon converted from 10 metres in from touch to give the Tigers lead at 18-12 lead.

And, after the set-to between Aspinwall and Long were sin-binned, Hull were penalised again and Dixon's fourth goal put Cas two scores clear.

Horne's run from dummy half and delayed pass found Fitzgibbon crashing through for Hull's third try and Tickle's conversion set up a tight finish. But Long made his early exit - and Hull's hopes went with him.


Hull FC coach Richard Agar:

"I'm angry. I saw this bloke referee a trial game between Salford and Hull KR and I thought: 'I'm dreading when we get him'.

"Sure enough he's backed it up. Just a disgraceful performance. I've got seasoned Test players in there coming in shaking their heads in disbelief.

"It's just been a good game and a good spectacle punctuated by ridiculous decisions, completely ruined by one bloke.

"I've had the benefit of watching it on video and when Sean Long went in to score that try he was cleaned out. Plain and simple cleaned out. He said he didn't know where he was.

"He said he tried to shoulder charge a tackle and, from what I saw, he completely missed contact. A player of Castleford has ran 50 metres and begged for him to be sent off."

Castleford coach Terry Matterson:

"I can see Richard's frustration. We've had the referee twice and had two very similar performances.

"There were 37 penalties in the first game and 27 tonight. I'm frustrated. We got the two points but it doesn't hide the game never flowed into a rhythm.

"We didn't play well but we got the two points and that's the main thing."


Hull: Phelps; Sharp, Whiting, Yeaman, T Briscoe; Horne, Long; Moa, Houghton, Radford, Westerman, Tickle, Fitzgibbon.
Replacements: Obst, Manu, Lauaki, Dowes.

Sent off: Long (76).

Castleford: Mathers, Dixon, Arundel, Isa, Owen, Chase, Orr, Jackson, Hudson, Emmitt, Jones, Aspinwall, Ferres.
Replacements: Huby, Fozzard, Widders, Clark.

Attendance: 8,063.

Referee: James Child (England).



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