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Last Updated: Saturday, 8 July 2006, 15:46 GMT 16:46 UK
Harlequins 24-16 Castleford
First try-scorer Lee Hopkins (left) and Joe Mbu haul back Castleford's Peter Lupton
Lee Hopkins (left) grabbed Quins' opening try

Harlequins (18) 24
Tries: Hopkins, McLinden 2, Randall
Goals: Paul 4

Castleford (4) 16
Tries: Manu, Huby, Viane
Goals: Brough 2

Harlequins ended a run of three Super League defeats with a priceless home win to ease their relegation worries.

An early Lee Hopkins try and two scores from captain Mark McLinden put the hosts 18-4 up by half-time, Willie Manu replying with one for the Tigers.

Chad Randall grabbed Quins' fourth try on the resumption, with Henry Paul converting all four scores.

Craig Huby and Gray Viane crossed for further Cas tries but it was not enough to stop Quins securing victory.

The win lifted them three points above Wigan and Catalans at the bottom of the table into seventh, above Castleford on points difference.


Harlequins: McLinden, Smith, Gafa, Lucky Luisi, Bradley-Qalilawa, Paul, Weisner, Mills, Randall, Heckenberg, Purdham, Hopkins, Mbu.
Replacements: Tookey, Budworth, Lolohea, McCarthy-Scarsbrook.

Castleford: Platt, Pryce, Viane, Shenton, A. Fletcher, Brough, Lupton, Sculthorpe, Henderson, Nutley, R. Fletcher, Ward, Roarty.
Replacements: Fa'aoso, Manu, Huby, Handforth.

Referee: R Laughton (Barnsley)



SEE ALSO
Harlequins 24-26 Wigan
01 Jul 06 |  Super League
Castleford 52-26 Warrington
02 Jul 06 |  Super League


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