22nd September 2017, 22:16 | super8

Hull confirm semi-final spot

Hull confirm semi-final spot

Castleford Tigers 16-48 Hull FC

Hull made light work of leaders Castleford Tigers to book their place in the Betfred Super League play-offs and effectively end Wigan Warriors' title defence.

Lee Radford's team needed to beat the Tigers in their final Super 8s fixture to confirm their top-four spot and they did so in style with a thumping 48-16 victory.

Hull will travel to Leeds Rhinos for next Friday's second semi-final, while Castleford will host St Helens 24 hours earlier unless champions Wigan defeat Wakefield Trinity by a 90-point margin on Saturday.

Albert Kelly and Jake Connor scored back-to-back early tries after Castleford failed to deal with high kicks and it was virtually job done for Hull when Danny Houghton went over in similar fashion.

Debutant Tuoyo Egodo got the Tigers on the board but Jamie Shaul's scintillating long-range try underlined Hull's title credentials before Connor made it 28-6 at the break.

Egodo was celebrating a hat-trick in the early stages of the second half after quick-fire tries only for Connor to complete his treble to end any hopes of a Castleford comeback.

The Tigers will take on Saints – the only other side to beat them at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle in 2017 – on the back of a heavy defeat after Carlos Tuimavave and Shaul completed the scoring.