Danny McGuire nails Golden Point drop-goal as Hull KR beat Castleford

James Messenger

Hull KR moved two points clear of bottom side London after Danny McGuire’s Golden Point drop-goal helped them to a dramatic comeback win over Castleford at KCOM Craven Park. 

Having been 26-14 behind midway through the second half, it looked like the Robins were heading for their 16th defeat of the season, but a quickfire double from man-of-the-match Ben Crooks brought scores level.

Neither side could find a one-pointer in regular time, with McGuire’s effort nine minutes from time skimming the post as it went narrowly wide.

Nevertheless, the former Leeds star put his miss behind him as the game entered extra time, producing a superb 40/20 before keeping his calm to clinch the two points for Rovers.

Defeat means that Castleford, who had led through tries from Peter Mata’utia, Jordan Rankin, James Clare and Greg Minikin, miss the chance to go level on points with fourth-placed Wigan in the table.

They instead remain in seventh, while KR sit 11th, behind Huddersfield, Wakefield and Leeds on points difference.

In the other game of the afternoon, Salford became the first side to score 50+ points against London as they picked up a convincing 58-28 win at Trailfinders Sports Ground.

The Red Devils had the game all-but sewn up by half-time, leading 36-6 at the break thanks to tries from Krisnan Inu (2), Mark Flanagan, Josh Jones, Niall Evalds and Tui Lolohea.

Having crossed three more times before the hour mark, Salford looked set for a comprehensive victory before the Broncos quartet of Luke Yates, Matty Fleming, Sadiq Adebiyi and Rob Butler all crossed.

Nevertheless, there was still time for Evalds to complete his fourth treble of the season with three minutes remaining as Ian Watson’s side leapfrogged Castleford in the Betfred Super League table.

Sunday’s results:

Hull KR 27-26 Castleford Tigers

London Broncos 28-58 Salford Red Devils