Danny McGuire kicks Hull KR to win in Golden Point thriller against Castleford

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Danny McGuire kicks Hull KR to win in Golden Point thriller against Castleford

Hull Kingston Rovers secured a 27-26 home win over Castleford Tigers at KCOM Craven Park.

Below, see the match report.


Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ryan Shaw, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Craig Hall, Josh Drinkwater, Danny McGuire, Mose Masoe, Chris Atkin, Daniel Murray, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, George Lawler. SUBS: Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, Danny Addy, Robbie Mulhern.

Castleford: Jordan Rankin, James Clare, Greg Minikin, Cheyse Blair, Greg Eden, Jake Trueman, Peter Mata’utia, Liam Watts, Adam Milner, Jesse Sene-Lefao, Ollie Holmes, Mike McMeeken, Nathan Massey. SUBS: Grant Millington, Will Maher, Jacques O’Neill, Chris Clarkson.


Rovers made the perfect start with two tries back-to-back, both profiting from Josh Drinkwater assists.

First, Daniel Murray crossed for his first in Red and White, pouncing in goal, before Adam Quinlan finished off a great move initially made by Ben Crooks. Ryan Shaw’s two conversions gave the hosts a 12-0 advantage.

Castleford hit back through Peter Mata’utia who converted his own score in the 16th minute but Shaw’s penalty goal put Rovers 14-6 ahead in the 28th minute.

Jordan Rankin’s converted score brought the Tigers to within two points in the 33rd minute. However, they went six points ahead thanks to an ‘eight-point try’ – when James Clare was caught high in the act of scoring. Mata’utia made no mistake from bang in front twice for 20-14.

HALF TIME: Hull KR 14 Castleford Tigers 20


Rovers threatened early in the first half but it was Castleford who extended their lead – as Danny Addy’s wayward pass was collected by Mata’utia who then sent Greg Minkin through 80m.

The Robins finally hit back with quick-fire tries in the 61st and 63rd minute – both through Crooks. First, he finished Chris Atkin’s break before coolly collecting Drinkwater’s cross-field kick for his second.

Shaw converted both to level the scores at 26 apiece and set up a thrilling final 15 minutes.

Danny McGuire’s drop-goal attempt on 71 went just wide of the upright, before his second on 73 was charged down by former Robins man Liam Watts.

Mata’utia then missed a penalty goal four minutes from time before Drinkwater and Jake Trueman’s respective one-point attempts were unsuccessful – as KR’s first-ever ‘Golden Point’ ensued.


Up stepped McGuire, who earned a 40/20 to then kick a drop-goal on play one to win the match.

FULL TIME: Hull KR 27 Castleford Tigers 26


T: Murray, Quinlan, Crooks 2

G: Shaw 5/5

DG: McGuire


T: Mata’utia, Rankin, Clare, Minikin

G: Mata’utia 5/6

Attendance: 8,004

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