Shaun Briscoe staked his claims for the England full-back spot for Mid-season Test Match against France in Paris, with a two-try performance that kept his side, Hull KR, at the pinnacle of the engage Super League table for another week.
The 25-year old scored two vital second half tries to give the Robins another victory that sees them just a point behind St Helens, who also won tonight, at the top.
But they were made to work hard by Terry Matterson’s Castleford side, who are struggling to pick up two points, a fact that sees them clinging onto their 8th place play-off spot by the narrowest of margins.
Peter Fox also did his chances of call-up the world of good as he finished well in the corner as Castleford’s indiscipline helped the Robins up the field.
Paul Cooke supplied a super pass to the potent wingman who crossed for his 10th try in the league.
And that’s how it stayed for the rest of the half, but the lead was increased shortly after half-time when Briscoe latched onto a Michael Dobson kick.
Castleford did rally to get back into it, Kirk Dixon denied a penalty try by the match referee Gareth Hewer, but Mitchell Sargent did finish off some good work by nifty half-back Rangi Chase to bring the Tigers back into it at 10-6.
But the Robins sealed victory with Brscoe’s second try, after Stanley Gene broke through centre-field and the full-back was on hand to support the utility forward to score under the posts.