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Rugby League

Hull too strong for Castleford

18th June 2017, 18:09 by Bobbie Jackson

Super League leaders Castleford have been knocked out of the Challenge Cup by defending champions Hull FC.

The Airlie Birds took a 14-12 lead in at the end of a very competitive and well balanced first half at the KCOM Stadium.

Carlos Tuimavave and Fetuli Talanoa got the home side off to a perfect start as they crossed for tries on four and eight minutes respectively, before Cas fought back with Ben Roberts and Zak Hardaker scoring in reply.

Jake Connor’s penalty was the only difference at the break and the second half continued to provide plenty of excitement as two top quality sides battled it out.

Roberts scored his second of the game but it was a late showing from defending champions Hull that got the job done.

Mahe Fonua and Jamie Shaul scored within three minutes of each other and Connor kicked a further three penalties to set up a semi-final showdown with Leeds Rhinos.

Hull FC captain Danny Houghton told BBC Two: "We knew that we were going to have to play for 80 minutes against a team that's probably been the form team of the competition.

"Fair play to our boys, we dug deep and we deserved that win I think.

"The memories we got from last year is something that can live forever, and if we can do that again, it takes a special team to do that, so that's our goal."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Bobbie Jackson is a reporter with an in-depth knowledge of football at all levels. A Blackpool supporter, Bobbie is also a keen rugby union, boxing, MMA and UFC follower.

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