Hull KR became the first team to reach the semi-finals of the 2022 Challenge Cup thanks to a 34-10 win over Castleford at Craven Park.
Tony Smith’s Robins got off to a great start by scoring inside three minutes thanks to Elliot Minchella, with Lachlan Coote converting.
Minchella got his second midway through the first half as he again cottoned onto Rowan Milnes’ grubber to score.
Castleford hit back in the 26th minute as speedster Greg Eden dove over following a scrum play.
Eden got his second late on in the first half following a slick passing move from the Tigers involving Jordan Turner and Kenny Edwards. They were only 12-10 behind at the break.
HT: Hull KR 12-10 Castleford Tigers
Hull KR extended their lead in the 54th minute as Lachlan Coote to throw a superb pass to Ryan Hall who went over in the corner.
Milnes gave the Robins some breathing space on the hour as he went under the posts. Coote’s conversion gave his side a 12-point cushion.
Sam Wood put the game beyond reach for Castleford in the 71st minute. The towering winger burst through a gap in the Castleford defence to touch down.
And with less than a minute left on the clock, half-back Jordan Abdull raced 50 metres to score. Coote’s conversion wrapped up an impressive 34-10 win for Hull KR to send them into the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup.
FT: Hull KR 34-10 Castleford Tigers
Hull KR: Coote; Keinhorst, Wood, Kenny-Dowall, Hall; Lewis, Milnes; Maher, Parcell, King, Halton, Linnett, Minchella. Subs: Abdull, Storton, Litten, Richards.
Tries: Minchella (2), Hall, Milnes, Wood, Abdull Goals: Coote 5
Castleford: Evalds; Eden, Turner, Mamo, Faraimo; Trueman, O’Brien; Massey, McShane, Smith, Edwards, Griffin, Westerman. Subs: Watts, Milner, Fonua, Matagi.
Tries: Eden (2) Goals: O’Brien 1