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A length of the field interception try in the last minute from Toa Kohe-Love helped Hull to a fine 12-18 victory over Castleford at The Jungle. The game was a tight affair throughout but Hull, who defended admirably particularly in the first-half, got their reward and left Cas with the two vital league points.
The Tigers got off to the ideal start as, with just two minutes on the clock, scrum-half and skipper Mitch Healey went over to the delight of the home fans, who were just beginning to settle in the stands.
Wayne Bartrim failed to tag on the extras before Hull replied as hooker Lee Jackson got on the end of Jason Smith's kick for a score goaled by Matt Crowther. The men from The Jungle looked to have regained the ascendency when Barrie-Jon Mather went hurtling to the line, but in the act of scoring, giant Hull centre Graham Mackay stripped him of possession. It was an ideal example of The Airlie Birds's sterling defensive efforts in the first 40 minutes.
And to make things even better Gareth Rayner soon capitalised on Andy Johnson's blunder moments before the break to score Hull's second try of the night. Crowther landed the extras to leave the visitors with an eight-point advantage at the break.
Cas pulled two points back early into the second period via the boot of Bartrim. However, Crowther cancelled the effort out with his next shot at goal following a Tigers infringement, before a Danny Orr try and Bartrim goal left the sides separated by just two points.
As Cas went in search of a match-winning score a wild pass from Lee Harland was picked off by Kohe-Love, who raced home to snare the points for Hull.