A young Hull FC side were well beaten at Wheldon Road as a strong Castleford outfit put nine tries on them to win the inaugural Harrison-Bryan Trophy.
Returning from a brief stint in Australia’s NRL, Greg Eden stole the headlines with a well taken hat-trick, whilst Greg Minikin also managed a brace of tries as the Tigers ran rampant.
Cas fielded a much stronger line up than Hull, who were content to blood the large majority of their under-23 team, amongst a handful of their senior fringe players.
It told. Daryl Powell’s outfit were never in doubt of victory and played to their usual fluent structures, although an impressive finish by Hull brought some respectability to the result.
It was all Castleford early on though. They opened the scoring through back rower Mike McMeeken, before debutant Zak Hardaker coasted over.
Two tries for Greg Minikin and the first of three for Greg Eden followed, as Cas built up a 24-0 half time lead, with Hull struggling to build anything going forward.
Playing in their controversial away shirt, they offered little attacking threat and struggled to make much ground. There were brief first half positives from Danny Washbrook and youngster Masimbaashe Matongo, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.
Jack Downs also provided some nice touches, and the youngsters to their credit battled on, but against an almost first choice Super League side the difference in quality was notable.
Castleford’ dominance continued after the break. Eden went the full length of the field from a poor Jack Wray kick, before adding a hat-trick try soon after.
Tries for youngsters Tuoyo Egobo and Luke Million followed, before Hull finally offered some response.
Jez Litten’s impressive cameo at hooker sparked Hull, who soon got their end of the scoreboard ticking.
A neat Marvin Lee chip found Callum Lancaster who touched down, with Litten dummying his way over late on.
Hull finished the stronger of the two sides – and to no surprise as Castleford brought their youngsters on – but it was little too late.
Castleford Starting XIII: 21. Zak Hardaker, 1. Greg Eden, 4. Jake Webster, 5. Michael Shenton, 2. Greg Minikin, 3. Rangi Chase, 7. Tom Holmes, 10. Gadwin Springer, 24. Paul McShane, 18. Grant Millington, 11. Jesse Sene-Lefao, 17. Mike McMeeken, 12. Nathan Massey. Interchange: 15. Junior Moors, 14. Will Maher, 16. Tuoyo Egodo, 8. Brandon Doughlas, 30. Rory Dixon, 20. Conor Fitzsimmons, 25. Daniel Igbinedion, 13. Luis Johnson, 23. Callum McLelland, 26. Luke Million, 31. Jack Render, 29. Declan Sheehan, 27. Calum Turner, Brendon Westerman.
Castleford Tries: McMeeken, Hardaker, Minikin 2, Eden 3, Egodo, Million. Goals: McShane 2/7, Hardaker 0/1, Turner 1/1
Hull Starting XIII: 20. Curtis Naughton, 19. Steve Michaels. 23. Nick Rawsthorne, 4. Josh Griffin, 26. Callum Lancaster, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 36. Jack Wray, 15. Chris Green, 11. Dean Hadley, 22. Josh Bowden, 27. Jack Downs, 17. Danny Washbrook, 16. Jordan Thompson. Interchange: 35. Michael Adlard, 33. Connor Bower, 28. Brad Fash, 32. Jordan Lane, 7. Marvin Lee, 30. Jez Litten, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo, 31. Ross Osborne, 34. Jack Sanderson, 37. Zeus Silk, 25. Jansin Turgut, Josh Wood.
Hull Tries: Lancaster, Litten. Goals: Rawsthorne 1/2
Scoring System: 6-0, 10-0, 14-0, 20-0, 24-0, 28-0, 32-0, 36-0, 42-0, 42-4, 42-10.
Referee: Jack Smith