Castleford 33-26 Hull: Greg Eden hat-trick inspires Tigers to victory

Drew Darbyshire
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Greg Eden in action for Castleford

A hat-trick from winger Greg Eden helped Castleford grind out a 33-26 over Hull in a thrilling match at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.

The Tigers scored with the first play of the game. A Ligi Sao error from kick-off saw Daniel Smith score, with Gareth O’Brien converting.

O’Brien then added a penalty goal to give his side an 8-0 lead inside 10 minutes.

Hull scored on the half hour mark as Andre Savelio set up hooker Danny Houghton. Ben McNamara’s conversion was successful.

Tries from Eden and Cheyse Blair edged the Tigers into an 18-6 lead in what was a strong first half display.

Josh Griffin pulled one back for Hull just before half-time following a mistake from Derrell Olpherts. McNamara converted but Hull were still 18-12 behind at the break.

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Derrell Olpherts in action for Castleford

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HT: Castleford Tigers 18-12 Hull FC

O’Brien had plenty of involvement for Lee Radford’s side in the game. He darted through a gap in the Hull defence to give his side a 22-12 advantage in the 43rd minute.

Eden got his second in the 49th minute as he dived over in the corner.

But Hull fought their way back into the game. Tries from Adam Swift and Connor Wynne brought them back to within four points of Castleford with 17 minutes left.

Eden completed has hat-trick in the 66th minute. O’Brien’s conversion put the Tigers 32-22 ahead.

Shaul, who was playing on the wing following Jake Connor’s return at full-back, scored to keep Brett Hodgson’s side in the game and set up a pulsating finish.

And with just three minutes left, O’Brien slotted a drop goal to secure a 33-26 victory for Lee Radford’s outfit.

FT: Castleford Tigers 33-26 Hull FC

Castleford: O’Brien; Eden, Fonua, Turner, Olpherts; Trueman, McShane; Smith, Lawler, Matagi, Sutcliffe, Blair, Westerman. Subs: Hepi, Robb, Hall, Martin.

Tries: Smith, Eden (3), Blair, O’Brien Goals: O’Brien 4 Drop Goals: O’Brien 1

Hull: Connor; Swift, Griffin, Wynne, Shaul; Reynolds, McNamara; Sao, Houghton, Satae, Savelio, Lane, Fash. Subs: Brown, Evans, Lovodua, Johnstone.

Tries: Houghton, Griffin, Swift, Wynne, Shaul Goals: McNamara 3

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