First Super League hat-trick for Albert Kelly as Hull FC hit back to win 31-18 at Castleford
|Betfred Super League|
|Castleford (14) 18|
|Tries: Minikin, Moors, Eden Goals: Mata'utia 3|
|Hull (4) 31|
|Tries: Kelly 3, Naulago 2 Goals: Sneyd 5 Drop Goals: Sneyd|
Hull FC came from 14-4 down at half-time to stay third in Super League with victory at Castleford.
Cas led at the break thanks to tries from Greg Minikin and Junior Moors, while Ratu Naulago scored for Hull.
But the Black and Whites roared back with four second-half tries, including a first ever hat-trick for star man Albert Kelly and a second for Naulago.
Greg Eden got Cas back level at 18-18 but Hull stretched clear, helped by Marc Sneyd's 11-point haul of kicks.
Sneyd's four conversions, a penalty and a late drop goal took him past 1,000 points for Hull.
Peter Mata'utia got the other Cas points from the boot with two penalties, but just one out of three conversion attempts.
Cas remain fifth, in danger of being overtaken by neighbours Wakefield if they win at Salford on Sunday.
Hull's second straight win since their Magic Weekend humiliation by Huddersfield did not look on the cards at the break, but winger Naulago hauled Hull back into it seven minutes after the restart.
Sneyd added the extras from the touchline to cut the deficit to four points, before Hull then took the lead for the first time with the first of Kelly's three tries in 18 minutes.
Jake Connor made a break from his own 10-metre line before offloading to Kelly, who still had half the pitch to cover before going under the posts.
After kicking the goal, Sneyd's 56th-minute penalty moved Hull into an 18-14 lead, before Eden levelled the scores when he snaked out his right arm to register his 13th try of the season (although he looked to have been taken short). But Mata'utia missed the touchline conversion, and instead it was Hull that regained the lead with 15 minutes left.
Jake Connor's palm down, from Sneyd's high kick, for Kelly to pounce on and score looked to have gone forward, but the try was allowed after a lengthy consultation with the video referee.
Then, at 24-18, with the game still in the balance after a disallowed Jamie Shaul try, Eden spilled a wide pass with the tryline in sight and Naulago cashed in.
The Samoan winger dashed 50 yards down the right before slipping the ball inside for the supporting Kelly to run on and complete his treble, further embellished by Sneyd's conversion - and then a one-pointer to seal victory.
Castleford head coach Daryl Powell:
"In the first half we really took control of the game and put Hull under a lot of pressure.
"But the second half was really frustrating. Our game management was terrible. The swings in the game were massive against us.
"We hurt ourselves too much. Hull are clinical and are one of those teams who can really take advantage, with the breakaway tries.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford:
"I'm really proud of the turnaround after half-time. The speed at the start of their sets was really hurting us and, at half-time, that was one thing we needed to fix.
"I challenged Bureta Faraimo, Ratu and Jamie Shaul to do better in the transitions. I'm over the moon with the response after half-time.
"To come here and get a result is really tough but to come here and get a result with all our blokes missing - I don't bleat about injuries but I do when we've won, so I'm really pleased about that."
Castleford Tigers: Mata'utia; Clare, Minikin, Blair, Eden; Trueman, Rankin; Watts, McShane, Smith, Sene-Lefao, McMeeken, Massey.
Interchanges: Millington, Milner, Moors, Cook.
Hull: Shaul; Naulago, Connor, Buchanan, Faraimo; Kelly, Sneyd; Green, Houghton, Paea, Minichiello, Hadley, Westerman.
Interchanges: Taylor, Fash, Washbrook, Savelio.
Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL).