Super League: Hull FC 48-6 Castleford Tigers

Andre Savelio
Former Cas loanee Andre Savelio impressed for Hull with an all-action display
Betfred Super League
Hull FC (24) 48
Tries: Naulago 2, Savelio, Faraimo, Connor, Houghton, Tuimavave, Ma'u Goals: Sneyd 7, Connor
Castleford (0) 6
Tries: O'Neill Goals: Richardson

Hull FC marked their return to home soil for the first time in seven months with a thumping Super League victory over an under-par Castleford Tigers.

Andy Last's side dominated the first half and scored tries through Ratu Naulago, Andre Savelio, Bureta Faraimo and Jake Connor to build a big lead.

The second half lacked the same flow, but Naulago, Danny Houghton, Carlos Tuimavave and Manu Ma'u all crossed.

Jacques O'Neill scrambled over for Cas, who avoided being left pointless.

Last was handed the reins at Hull following Lee Radford's exit in March - the last time the Black and Whites played on home turf.

Having overcome the coronavirus issues which hampered their progress after the restart, the Airlie Birds looked confident and settled with Ma'u, Savelio and Ligi Sau in particular setting the tone.

Castleford were overpowered, losing for the fifth time in a row as they remain without key players including Liam Watts and Sosaia Feki through injury.

Coach Daryl Powell's task will be to ensure their season does not peter out with the play-offs unlikely, no relegation and six games still to play.

Hull FC interim coach Andy Last:

"I did gently whisper to a few of the senior players on the training field that this is my first home game as head coach of Hull FC, my hometown club, the team I supported as a boy, so please make sure it goes down in the history books as a win.

"Bureta Faraimo said, 'Don't worry coach, we will get the win', Carlos (Tuimavave) was the same, so I think there was a little bit of extra motivation. I was really, really proud.

"I wouldn't have lived it down (if Hull lost). Whenever it happens, when I have grandchildren I will be able to say, 'I coached Hull FC and won my first ever game at the KCOM Stadium'.

"It is something I will remember for a very long time."

Castleford head coach Daryl Powell:

"Tough game. We couldn't find a way back in. Disappointing, we are in a really tough situation, but we have to find a way out of it. We have got to keep our resolve.

"I felt we worked hard to try and get back in the game, but they were too strong for us today.

"I think you have to keep demanding high standards from each other. We aren't going to get out of it by feeling sorry for ourselves.

"We have to build our confidence through performance. Building wins will help confidence."

Hull FC: Shaul; Naulago, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo; Connor, Sneyd; Bowden, Johnstone, Sao, Ma'u, Savelio, Cator

Interchanges: Houghton, Satae, Fash, Brown

Castleford (from): O'Brien; Sanderson, Foster, Shenton, Graham; Richardson, Trueman; Massey, McShane, Hepi, McMeeken, Blair, Milner

Interchanges: Millington, Sene-Lefao, O'Neill, Cook