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Friday, 28 June, 2002, 22:26 GMT 23:26 UK
Hull hold on against Castleford
Toa Kohe-Love grabbed an 85-metre interception try a minute from time
Kohe-Love's try secured the victory
Castleford Tigers 12-18 Hull


Hull weathered a second-half fightback from Castleford to win a thrilling game at The Jungle on Friday.

The Tigers dominated for long spells, but were 12-4 down at half-time and missed a string of chances.

That was despite a flying start when Lee Harland was held on his back over the line before Mitch Healey went in from a pass by his half-back partner Danny Orr.

Hull snatched the lead in the 10th minute when hooker Lee Jackson capitalised on a kick from scrum-half Jason Smith to score a try that Matt Crowther converted.


It could well be the best defensive display since I have been at the club
Shaun McRae
Hull coach

Nathan Sykes and Healey made the opening for Castleford hooker Wayne Bartrim to go over but the effort was ruled out for a double movement.

Hull made it 12-4 in the 39th minute when another kick from skipper Smith resulted in winger Gareth Raynor scoring a try. Crowther tagged on his second goal.

In the second half a penalty goal by Bartrim was cancelled out by Crowther, who restored Hull's eight-point advantage.

But the Tigers set up a nailbiting finish when they reduced the deficit to two points when Bartrim sent Orr in for a try that Bartrim converted.

Castleford piled on the pressure in the closing stages and looked capable of grabbing a late win.

But Hull made sure of their first victory at the ground since 1991 when centre Toa Kohe-Love grabbed an 85-metre interception try a minute from time after snapping up a pass from Castleford's Harland.


We lacked composure and we pressed the self-destruct button on far too many occasions
Graham Steadman
Castleford coach

Hull coach Shaun McRae was unstinting in his praise of his side's defence after they held out in the second half.

McRae said: "The effort was fantastic. It could well be the best defensive display since I have been at the club.

"There were times when Castleford troubled us. They had a lot of ball and a lot of field position. On another day they could have scored five or six tries.

"If there was a criticism it was that we did not put them under enough pressure.

"However a lot of that can go down to fatigue because we were just hanging on defensively."

Castleford coach Graham Steadman said: "We lacked composure and we pressed the self-destruct button on far too many occasions."


Castleford: Rogers, Pryce, Mather, Eagar, Johnson, Orr, Healey, Sykes, Bartrim, Lynch, Fritz, Smith, Harland. Replacements: Lennon, Rainey, Sampson, Warren.

Hull: Crowther, Raynor, Mackay, Kohe-Love, C Smith, Cooke, J. Smith, Greenhill, Jackson, King, Maher, Ryan, Chester. Replacements: Bird, Logan, Carvell, Parker.

Referee: Ian Smith (Oldham)

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