Hull Kingston Rovers 22-30 Castleford Tigers

Friday 5th June 2015
KO: 20:00 - Round: 17

22-30 FT

HT: 16 24

Attendance: 7,093

Official: R Silverwood

Venue: KC Lightstream Stadium

  • Hull Kingston Rovers

  • Tries
    Albert Kelly 2, Kieran Dixon, Aaron Ollett,

  • Goals
    Kieran Dixon 3,

  • Drop Goals

  • Castleford Tigers

  • Tries
    Ben Roberts, Denny Solomona, Oliver Holmes, Luke Gale, Liam Finn,

  • Goals
    Luke Gale 5,

  • Drop Goals

Match Highlights

Official Report / Commentary

Castleford Tigers withstood a tremendous fightback to complete a First Utility Super League double over Hull KR and condemn their hosts to a first home defeat since the opening day of the season.

The Tigers' 30-22 victory at the KC Lightstream Stadium strengthens their position in the top six and keeps the Robins firmly entrenched in the bottom four.

It was the Ben Roberts show for the first half-hour as the Samoa international turned on the style in his new position of full-back to help the Tigers into a 24-6 lead.

The former Melbourne player scored the first try six minutes in, slicing through the home defence after Liam Finn had forced a goal-line drop-out, and burst clear to get second rower Oliver Holmes over.

In between, left winger Denny Solomona, fresh from his four-try feat at the Magic Weekend, leapt above full-back Ben Cockayne to regather Luke Gale's high kick and touch down.

Roberts then combined with skipper Michael Shenton to get Gale over for a fourth try on 24 minutes and Gale kicked his fourth goal.

Scrum-half Albert Kelly, back from a three-game injury absence, demonstrated his scoring knack by out-jumping Roberts to touch down Terry Campese's kick and scored a second try seven minutes from the end of the half following a forceful run from winger Ken Sio.

With winger Kieran Dixon touching down another accurate Campese kick, the fightback was well and truly on, although Castleford enjoyed another purple patch just before the break.

Prop Andy Lynch got over the line but was held up on his back and Gale saw a penalty kick rebound from an upright as he attempted to stretch his side's 24-16 lead on the stroke of half-time.

It was all Castleford at the start of the second half, too, but without reward as Gale was tackled inches short of the line and Gibson was bundled into touch near the corner.

Having demonstrated their new-found defensive resolve, Rovers got back to within two points on 53 minutes when substitute hooker Aaron Ollett won the race to Kris Welham's grubber kick to the line on the last tackle.

As the tension mounted in the final quarter, Rovers had a great chance to win it when Campese cleverly kicked into space and regathered the ball only to fire a pass meant for winger Sio into touch.

It proved to be the home side's last chance for two minutes later Castleford forward Grant Millington burst a hole in their defence and stand-off Finn jinked his way over for the match-clinching try, to which Gale added his fifth goal.

Hull KR's misery was compounded six minutes from the end when Campese was led limping from the field after seeing his heroic efforts fall just short.

  • 74: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 73: TRY! scored for Castleford by Liam Finn
  • 56: Interchange On for Castleford, Will Maher On
  • 56: Interchange Off for Castleford, Andy Lynch Off
  • 55: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Aaron Ollett
  • 55: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 50: Interchange On for Castleford, Ryan Boyle On
  • 50: Interchange Off for Castleford, Grant Millington Off
  • 48: Interchange Off for Castleford, Ben Roberts Off
  • 48: Interchange On for Castleford, Jordan Tansey On
  • 35: Interchange On for Hull K R, Jordan Cox On
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 35: Interchange Off for Hull K R, Tony Puletua Off
  • 33: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Albert Kelly
  • 30: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 27: Interchange Off for Hull K R, John Boudebza Off
  • 27: Interchange On for Hull K R, Aaron Ollett On
  • 27: Interchange On for Castleford, Junior Moors On
  • 27: Interchange Off for Castleford, Nathan Massey Off
  • 25: TRY! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 25: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 19: Interchange On for Hull K R, James Greenwood On
  • 19: Interchange Off for Hull K R, James Green Off
  • 18: TRY! scored for Hull K R by Albert Kelly
  • 18: GOAL! scored for Hull K R by Kieran Dixon
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 14: TRY! scored for Castleford by Oliver Holmes
  • 11: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • 11: TRY! scored for Castleford by Denny Solomona
  • 6: TRY! scored for Castleford by Ben Roberts
  • 6: GOAL! scored for Castleford by Luke Gale
  • Key Performers

    Andy Lynch

    Metres 172
    5 5

    Tyrone McCarthy

    Tackles 58
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 4
    Castleford Tigers 5

    Goals:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 3
    Castleford Tigers 5

    METRES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 1046
    Castleford Tigers 1438

    CARRIES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 163
    Castleford Tigers 188

    TACKLES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 369
    Castleford Tigers 315

    OFFLOADS:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 3
    Castleford Tigers 7

    PENALTIES:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 6
    Castleford Tigers 4

    BREAKS:

    Hull Kingston Rovers 3
    Castleford Tigers 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Albert Kelly 2 0 15 2 8 6 3 14 100 7.14 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Kieran Dixon 1 0 2 0 2 4 0 14 72 5.14 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 0
    Aaron Ollett 1 0 26 4 5 0 0 2 6 3.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ben Cockayne 0 0 8 1 2 3 0 10 76 7.60 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kris Welham 0 1 7 0 8 1 3 13 110 8.46 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Salter 0 0 22 6 1 0 0 10 67 6.70 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ken Sio 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 17 121 7.12 0 5 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Terry Campese 0 2 12 2 2 1 7 9 53 5.89 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2
    James Green 0 0 30 6 1 0 0 7 57 8.14 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    John Boudebza 0 0 43 14 3 0 0 5 36 7.20 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Tony Puletua 0 0 34 5 0 1 0 13 93 7.15 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Kevin Larroyer 0 0 36 11 3 0 0 6 36 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Maurice Blair 0 0 26 3 1 1 1 11 58 5.27 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 58 16 2 0 0 11 45 4.09 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    James Donaldson 0 0 13 3 1 0 0 3 12 4.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Cox 0 0 12 2 0 0 0 7 58 8.29 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Greenwood 0 0 25 5 5 3 0 11 46 4.18 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Ben Roberts 1 1 8 1 0 6 0 11 112 10.18 2 4 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Denny Solomona 1 0 4 0 0 4 1 9 103 11.44 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Finn 1 1 26 4 2 3 5 8 24 3.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Gale 1 1 17 4 2 7 9 7 48 6.86 0 0 0 0 5 1 0 1
    Oliver Holmes 1 0 37 9 1 2 0 9 69 7.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ashley Gibson 0 0 8 1 1 3 0 14 105 7.50 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Webster 0 0 13 1 1 3 0 13 102 7.85 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Michael Shenton 0 1 24 6 2 3 0 11 71 6.45 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Andy Lynch 0 0 36 7 1 0 0 23 172 7.48 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Adam Milner 0 0 29 3 2 3 0 10 68 6.80 0 9 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Grant Millington 0 0 28 9 2 6 0 17 109 6.41 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Mike McMeeken 0 0 25 3 3 1 0 13 106 8.15 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Nathan Massey 0 0 13 3 1 1 0 14 108 7.71 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Ryan Boyle 0 0 11 2 1 1 0 4 27 6.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Junior Moors 0 0 21 3 2 1 0 13 98 7.54 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jordan Tansey 0 0 4 0 1 1 0 8 79 9.88 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Will Maher 0 0 11 3 0 0 0 4 37 9.25 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties