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  1. Full-time: Hull 32-24 Castleford
  2. Castleford top of Super League
  3. Hull FC current Challenge Cup holders
  4. Live on BBC Two, Radio 5 live and local radio

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By Josh Hunt

All times stated are UK

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Until the next time...

FT: Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

What a wonderful weekend of rugby league we've had.

After Wigan triumphed in one of the most tense games you could ever wish to watch on Saturday, Hull FC produced a tremendous performance to knock out the runaway Super League leaders.

A reminder that the Rugby League Forum will run on this page for another 25 minutes, but that's all from me for now.

Thanks for joining me this weekend. Until the next time, goodbye.

FT: Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Those semi-finals will take place on the 28 and 29 July.

We'll be back with full live text commentary of both those games next month, alongside BBC TV coverage.

Rugby League Forum

FT: Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

BBC Two's coverage of today's game will be drawing to a close soon, but fear not, for the stream on this page will carry on for another 30 minutes for the Rugby League Forum.

Just keep watching for more reaction to today's game and the semi-final draw.

Hull to face Leeds in the last four

Semi-final draw

Hull's reward for winning today is a game against Leeds Rhinos in the semi-finals.

In the second semi-final, Wigan Warriors will play Salford Red Devils.

Semi-final draw

And now, we're straight into the draw for the semi-finals...

'We deserved the win'

FT: Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Hull FC captain Danny Houghton on BBC Two:

"We knew that we were going to have to play for 80 minutes against a temamthat's probably been the form team of the competition.

"Fair play to our boys, we dug deep and we deserved that win I think.

"The memories we got from last year is something that can live forever, and if we can do that again, it takes a special team to do that, so that's our goal."

Full time: Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Hull FC's defence of the Challenge Cup lives on with a hugely impressive victory over Super League leaders Castleford.

Tigers head coach Daryl Powell will be disappointed with the number of errors his side made, but that shouldn't draw attention away from a very professional performance by the hosts.

Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Castleford have fought back bravely, but it looks like Hull will hang on for the win.

Greg Eden momentarily has a bit of space on the left, but Shaun Michaels makes the tackle and forces the winger to knock on.

Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Castleford are having to take a few risks now, and it nearly pays off for them, as Michael Shenton's offload nearly puts Luke Gale over on the final tackle, before a Hull defender gets there to bring him down.

Hull need to make good territory on this next set.

TRY - Hull FC 32-24 Castleford

Greg Minikin

A "brilliant" try from Minikin

Comeback on?

Castleford move the ball to the right-hand side, and Greg Minikin finds himself with just enough space to go over.

Luke Gale makes a difficult conversion attempt look easy.

Connor misses a drop-goal attempt

Hull FC 32-18 Castleford

This is an audacious drop-goal attempt from Hull's Jake Connor, and he nearly makes it too.

From a long way out, Connor swivels and launches the ball towards the posts, only to see it drift narrowly wide.

TRY - Hull FC 32-18 Castleford

Jamie Shaul

Back-to-back tries for Hull thanks to Shaul

A magnificent try for Hull FC, one which surely has them destined for the semi-finals.

Hull race downfield with quick hands and swift feet, before Carlos Tuimavave beats a couple of tackles and offloads to Jamie Shaul to go over the line.

Jake Connor's conversion takes the lead up to 14.

TRY - Hull 26-18 Castleford

Mahe Fonua

A "bulldozing effort" gives Hull another try

Mahe Fonua scores it, but Mark Minichiello takes a lot of the credit.

Minichiello runs from the left to right, testing the Castleford defence, before eventually getting the pass away to Fonua, who takes it well low to the ground.

From there, there's only one possible outcome, Fonua powering over the line.

Jake Connor's kick extends the lead to eight points.

Hull FC 20-18 Castleford

Castleford pin Hull back deep with the kick on fifth tackle, but they were never close to threatening to score there.

Hull advance to halfway and again launch a high kick towards Greg Minikin, who takes the ball cleanly.

There's only 15 minutes left for the Tigers to get back on terms here.

PENALTY - Hull FC 20-18 Castleford

Jake Connor

Adam Milner concedes a penalty for holding down Hull forward Mark Minichiello.

The hosts are sticking with their tactic of kicking the goals where they can, and Jake Connor once more sticks the ball through the uprights.

Hull FC 18-18 Castleford


We are in for a thrilling finish to this game.

Josh Bowden almost breaks through the Castleford line, but he's wrapped up around his ankle at the very last moment.

Hull get another chance though, as they are awarded a scrum for a Castleford knock-on.

Connor misses penalty for Hull

Hull FC 18-18 Castleford

He doesn't look happy about it, but Castleford's Ben Roberts concedes another penalty for holding Albert Kelly down after the tackle.

For the first time today, Jake Connor misses his kick and the scores remain level.

PENALTY - Hull FC 18-18 Castleford

Jake Connor

Connor make his fifth successful kick in five attempts to tie the scores up at 18 apiece.

It was Grant Millington's knock-on that set Hull up with good territory, before Mike McMeeken was penalised for holding on in the tackle.

Hull FC 16-18 Castleford

And just as I say they're on the back foot, Hull get chance to level the scores as another Castleford penalty gives Jake Connor the chance to kick his third penalty.

Hull FC 16-18 Castleford

Hull make good ground on their first set since falling behind, but Albert Kelly gets too much on his kick and it's an easy take for Greg Minikin.

The Airlie Birds are on the back foot here.

TRY - Hull FC 16-18 Castleford

Ben Roberts

Roberts gives Castleford the lead

This is a wonderful try from Castleford.

Michael Shenton runs across the field from left to right, before flipping the ball back inside for Ben Roberts, who darts through a hole and skips past Liam Watts to go over for his second try.

Luke Gale again kicks the two points to put Tigers ahead for the first time.

Hull FC 16-12 Castleford

A big mistake from Jamie Shaul, as he knocks on to hand possession back to Castleford deep inside Hull territory.

Tigers get within two metres on first tackle.

PENALTY - Hull 16-12 Castleford

Jake Connor

Jesse Sene-Lefao is penalised for a high challenge on Hull forward Mark Minichiello, and the hosts once again opt to kick the points.

Jake Connor stays perfect with his kicks to extend the lead to four points.

Hull FC kick off

Hull FC 14-12 Castleford

Hull FC get the second half started.

Who will become the fourth and final team into the Challenge Cup semi-finals?

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Coming up...

Semi-final draw

A reminder that the draw for the Challenge Cup semi-finals is coming up on straight after the conclusion of this game.

You can follow the draw right here by keeping watching the BBC Two stream after the game has finished, and I'll be sticking around a little longer for those of you who can't watch the match.

HT: Hull FC 14-12 Castleford

Now you may be out in the garden while following the live text, sweating away as you just sit there.

So spare a thought for the guys out there today. This is what they have to deal with.


Castleford captain Michael Shenton was just on BBC Two a moment ago and he revealed the ball was greasy in the sunshine, which may explain why we've seen so many handling errors in the first half.

'An atrocious start'

HT: Hull FC 14-12 Castleford

Castleford captain Michael Shenton on BBC Two:

"That was an atrocious start from us, but we ground our way back in it.

"We need to tidy up our game, keep completing sets and put Hull under pressure."

Half-time: Hull FC 14-12 Castleford

That was a brilliant half of rugby league.

Hull FC were slightly the better side for much of the game, but two moments of magic from Ben Roberts and Luke Gale have kept Castleford in with a chance of reaching the semi-finals.

PENALTY - Hull FC 14-12 Castleford

Jake Connor

The drop-out eventually results in a penalty being awarded to Hull, and Jake Connor opts to kick for goal.

The kick is good, and Hull have a slender lead once again.

Hull FC 12-12 Castleford

Hull FC were well on top for the first 25 minutes, but Castleford have shown the quality that has taken them to the top of Super League to tie things up.

Greg Minikin comes up with an error for the Tigers though, spilling a high-kick out over the dead-ball line for a goal-line drop-out.

TRY - Hull FC 12-12 Castleford

Zak Hardaker

Gale's brilliant kick sets up Hardaker try for Castleford

Sheer brilliance from Luke Gale.

Gale looks towards the right-hand flank, before slipping a grubber kick back inside to his left, with Zak Hardaker diving onto the ball for the try.

Gale makes the simple conversion to level the scores.

Hull FC 12-6 Castleford

We saw this yesterday from Wigan, and now it's Hull FC's turn to kick the ball out on the full from the restart.

Tigers are pressing to level the scores now.

TRY - Hull FC 12-6 Castleford

Ben Roberts

Ben Roberts gets one back for Castleford

Hull FC Sika Manu knocks the ball loose close to his own line, giving Castleford another set from inside the 10-metre line.

Ben Roberts picks the ball up, the defence switches off, and Roberts jinks his way through the gaps to go over under the posts.

Luke Gale kicks the extra two points.

Hull FC 12-0 Castleford

So close for Castleford!

Greg Eden tries to bring in a pass with one hand with a clear run to the line ahead, but he can't quite bring the ball under control.

The visitors are starting to ask a few questions of Hull's defence after an uncharacteristically poor start.

Hull FC 12-0 Castleford


Just for a moment, Castleford look like they might break through the Hull FC line as they flip the ball quickly out to the left.

As soon as the gap is there though, another handling error hands possession back to their opponents, as Michael Shenton can't cling onto a pass.

Hull FC 12-0 Castleford

Danny Washbrook is held up over the line as Hull FC continue to put the pressure on.

Castleford hold firm this time, as a well-timed tackle on Mark Minichiello jars the ball loose.

Hull FC 12-0 Castleford

Castleford's vaunted attacking game hasn't posed Hull too many problems so far.

The hosts are dominating for territory, helped by a string of Tigers penalties.

Another penalty, this time for leaving a foot in the ruck, gives Hull another opportunity to test the Castleford defence.

Hull 12-0 Castleford

So close for Hull FC again!

Albert Kelly tries to dart through a gap for the third try, but he knocks the ball on as he tries to spin and dive for the line.

Castleford look a little rattled here.

Hull 12-0 Castleford

How do the Super League leaders respond from here?

Castleford are packed with quality, but an intercepted pass and a missed tackle on Fetuli Talanoa have them firmly on the back foot early on.

A Tigers penalty gives the hosts another chance to start an attack from inside opposition territory.

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Daniel Smith: Quality interception by Hull. Going to be a good game this.

We really hope you're right, Daniel.