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Hull headed into the play-offs next week with a 36-10 victory over Castleford that owed everything to a dramatically improved second-half display.
A try each for Willie Manu and Tom Briscoe and a score for Castleford's Jordan Thompson were brief highlights of a scrappy first-half that saw little between two under-performing sides.
Buoyed by an early second-half score from Richard Horne, Hull then proceeded to justify their top-six billing, running away with the second-half thanks to three further tries.
Tongan forward Manu led Hull out and it was the second-row who opened the scoring with his drop of the shoulder and dummy enough to open a hole in the Castleford defence after taking Aaron Heremaia's well-timed pass.
Hull scored 70 unanswered points against Bradford last week, but any thoughts of a similar result looked to be dispelled as the Tigers immediately showed they had more bite to their attack with their first real foray at the Hull line.
Thompson probed at the Hull defence with not much luck, but after seeing the ball switch from one side of the field and back again the centre was able to finish second time in some style in the corner.
With Hull's discipline problems once again rearing their ugly head, Castleford were allowed to get on the front foot and the club preparing to head off on their holidays rather than into the play-offs were looking the more impressive.
In his last-ever Super League game Danny Orr was turning back the clock as he pulled the strings, and joined by half-back partner Chase the duo were a constant threat early on.
Playing in an off-the-cuff style that suited Rangi Chase down to the ground, the half-back was clearly enjoying himself.
But despite their territorial advantage the Castleford attack found the Hull defence in miserly mood and having soaked up the pressure it was the hosts who regained the lead just before half-time.
Heremaia's grubber kick to the corner was missed by team-mate Kirk Yeaman and Tigers winger Ben Blackmore, allowing Briscoe to gather the ball for a simple score. A six-point advantage for Hull then became eight on the half-time hooter as Jamie Foster kicked a penalty from in front of the posts.
A dour first-half gave way to an entertaining second period, with Brett Seymour's clever inside pass putting Hull full-back Horne over. The duo then teamed up again to cut open the Castleford defence, this time putting hooker Danny Houghton through for a try under the posts.
Former Australian Test prop Mark O'Meley took three defenders over the try line with him to help Hull bring up the 30 point mark, but to their credit the Tigers would not roll over.
Chase's good work set Oliver Holmes up for a second score of the game for the Tigers and in the final 15 minutes they could have scored again.
But the final word went to Hull, who closed the scoring through young prop Chris Green.
|9||Hull K R||15||14|
|14||Salford City Reds||15||7|
|Saturday 1st June|
|15:00||London Broncos vs Castleford|
|Friday 7th June|
|20:00||Leeds vs Castleford|
|Friday 21st June|
|20:00||Castleford vs Hull|
|Friday 28th June|
|20:00||Wigan vs Castleford|
|Sunday 7th July|
|15:30||Castleford vs St Helens|
|Sunday 21st July|
|15:00||Huddersfield vs Castleford|
|Sunday 4th August|
|15:30||Castleford vs Warrington|
|Sunday 11th August|
|15:00||Widnes vs Castleford|
|Sunday 18th August|
|15:30||Castleford vs Bradford|
|Sunday 1st September|
|15:30||Castleford vs Salford|
|Saturday 25th May|
|Castleford 49 - 24 Wakefield|
|Saturday 18th May|
|Catalan Dragons 39 - 30 Castleford|
|Sunday 5th May|
|Castleford 32 - 24 Hull K R|
|Saturday 27th April|
|Salford 34 - 30 Castleford|
|Friday 19th April|
|Tetleys Challenge Cup|
|Leeds 28 - 12 Castleford|
|Saturday 13th April|
|Castleford 28 - 26 Widnes|
|Saturday 6th April|
|Castleford 24 - 40 Huddersfield|
|Monday 1st April|
|St Helens 48 - 18 Castleford|
|Friday 29th March|
|Castleford 16 - 37 Wakefield|
|Sunday 24th March|
|Hull K R 26 - 22 Castleford|
|Sunday 17th March|
|Castleford 12 - 26 London Broncos|
|Friday 8th March|
|Hull 52 - 0 Castleford|
|Sunday 3rd March|
|Castleford 22 - 28 Wigan|
|Sunday 24th February|
|Castleford 17 - 17 Catalan Dragons|
|Saturday 16th February|
|Bradford 38 - 12 Castleford|
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