Memorable moments vs Hull KR
Posted: Thursday 9th September 2021 - 2:50 PM
After Castleford and Hull KR both picked up wins at Magic Weekend recently, it sets up a crucial contest on Saturday as both teams look to push for the play-off places.
The fixture at Craven Park is scheduled to kick off at 7:45pm on Saturday and will be shown live on Sky Sports Arena. Tickets are also available online at castlefordtigers.com/tickets, at Carlton Lanes and Xscape Superstore, and by contacting the ticket office on 01977529264.
To build up to what should be a box office matchup for the Roger Millward Trophy, we look back on some of the unforgettable matches between the pair over the years.
2021 CHALLENGE CUP CLASSIC
We start with the Tigers’ most recent visit to East Hull for a Challenge Cup tie that will definitely live long in the memory.
Castleford trailed 22-6 at half-time with Ethan Ryan, Adam Quinlan, Albert Vete, and Matt Parcell touching down for the Robins. Jake Trueman did go over for the visitors; however, it was clear to see that they had a mountain to climb.
The Fords launched an offensive early in the second-half with Derrell Olpherts and Paul McShane scoring to close the deficit, although KR re-established their advantage soon after thanks to Shaun Kenny-Dowall and Jordan Abdull as the clock ticked ever closer to full-time.
It was Olpherts with his second which sparked the Tigers’ late comeback as that was followed by McShane completing his brace with three minutes left.
As the final hooter sounded Cas threw caution to the wind as they took the ball out left and Jordan Turner was released out wide to tie the fixture in dramatic fashion. Danny Richardson had the chance to win it with the conversion but sliced wide which meant the match entered Golden Point.
The Fords had a total of eight drop goal attempts without success before half-back Gareth O’Brien managed to get enough on his kick to book their place in the next round.
1986 CHALLENGE CUP FINAL
Castleford headed to Wembley in search of their fourth Challenge Cup triumph but came up against a strong KR side in what turned out to be one of the most dramatic finals ever contested.
Tony Marchant raced from his own half to the line to get the opening score on the day, but KR battled back with John Dorahy kicking a penalty through the posts.
Some smart thinking from Bob Beardmore extended the lead with a drop goal to take the scores to 7-2.
Gary Prohm sprinted over to get KR back in the game again but in the second half Cas showed their class. A brilliant chip and chase try from Bob Beardmore and a rapid solo run from Jamie Sandy gave Castleford some breathing space.
A late injury time effort from Hull KR looked to have won the match in dramatic fashion as John Lydiat skidded over by the corner flag. However, Dorahy hooked his conversion wide, and Cas claimed the Cup in one of the classic finals.
YOUNGQUEST WINS IT AT THE DEATH
After securing a victory over Salford in the first game of the 2012 season, the Tigers then experienced a difficult spell losing seven in a row before coming up against KR at Wheldon Road.
The Robbins looked to have dented the Fords’ spirit early as Kris Welham pounced for his first try of the day. Castleford did hit back through Josh Griffin, but Hull KR did regain the lead in the 19th minute when Dobson and Shannon McDonnell sent in Welham for his second try.
Cas then turned the game around with scores from Nick Youngquest and Richard Owen but just on the stroke of half-time, the Robbins closed the gap to two points thanks to Josh Hodgson’s score.
The contest then swung back in KR’s favour as Welham completed his treble and Lincoln Withers touched down to take their advantage to 28-18 with 50 minutes gone.
Castleford looked down and out but somehow managed to fight back as Rangi Chase's long pass sent Dixon tearing over.
A 59th-minute penalty from Dobson gave the visitors an eight-point cushion with 20 to play, although Danny Orr crossed to set up a grandstand finish.
Owen looked to have grabbed a late winner in the final seconds of the match, but the winger was denied by a brilliant recovering tackle by Shannon McDonnell. However, Youngquest was the man to snatch the win in front of the euphoric home support.
DANNY MCGUIRE DROP GOAL
This was another nail-biting occasion between the two teams back in 2019 as Castleford were looking to secure a play-off place and KR were scrapping for their lives near the bottom of the standings.
The underdogs started strongly and went two tries ahead in the opening stages as Craig Hall and Adam Quinlan got their side off to a perfect start.
From then on in the first half was dominated by Cas as they ended up going into the lead before the break. Peter Mata’utia got the ball rolling before Jordan Rankin and James Clare turned the game on its head.
Eight minutes into the second 40 and it looked like Greg Minikin had taken the visitors into an unassailable lead, however, it was the springboard for a Rovers comeback.
Former Cas man Ben Crooks touched down twice in four minutes for a frenzied last 15. Danny McGuire was off target with his first couple of drop goal attempts before Mata’utia kicked a penalty wide.
Drinkwater missed with another one-point effort and Trueman was also off target as the game entered extra time.
Rovers had the first use of the ball and a 40-20 kick set them up in front of the posts and McGuire took the opportunity to slot his drop goal between the posts on this occasion to snatch the win.
LATE DOBSON PENALTY
This was another drama filled match at Craven Park in 2010 in a must-win game for both teams to guarantee themselves a play-off berth.
Cas pushed ahead in the second minute with Joe Westerman knocking over an early penalty but KR went into the lead through Josh Charnley who broke down the right to score.
The visitors went back ahead as Brett Ferres forced his way over the Rovers line on 11 minutes. It was an end-to-end contest and that was displayed by the Robbins taking the lead five minutes later when full-back Shaun Briscoe dotted down.
The hosts pulled further ahead when an astute kick from Dobson on 23 minutes caught the visitors' defence flat-footed and Charnley nipped in for his second try to give Hull KR a ten-point lead.
However, just before the interval Rangi Chase released Joe Arundel to cut the deficit to just six points at half-time.
Chase raced over for a brilliant individual try from 60 metres out early in the second half to level the scores up. Dobson then made it four successful kicks on the bounce with a penalty ten minutes later to edge his side 20-18 ahead.
Castleford took a narrow advantage as Stuart Jones’ try was converted, however, momentum then swung KR’s way as Charnley touched down for his hat-trick.
The visitors then thought they had rescued a draw with only a few minutes to go with Westerman kicking a penalty but there was still to be a final twist.
Rovers were awarded a penalty just as the final hooter sounded and Dobson remained calm to land the kick from 47 metres to clinch the victory.
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