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Hull FC defeat Castleford in Yeaman's Testimonial

FC defeated Castleford Tigers 26-6 in Kirk Yeaman's testimonial at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Hull FC defeat Castleford in Yeaman's Testimonial
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FC defeated Castleford Tigers 26-6 in Kirk Yeaman's testimonial at the KC Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Black and Whites ran in five tries in a confident start to 2013 with close season signings Gareth Ellis, Daniel Holdsworth, Shannon McDonnell, Ben Galea, Joe Arundel and Jason Crookes all making their debuts for the club in the second half.

It came after an impressive showing from the club's young stars in the opening 40 minutes, as an inexperienced FC side more than matched a near full-strength Tigers outfit to take a 10-6 lead into the break courtesy of tries from Ben Crooks and Josh Bowden.

And with the club's senior stars taking to the field in the second half, the Black and Whites added further tries from Aaron Heremaia, Joe Westerman and Shannon McDonnell in the club's first pre-season friendly, Castleford's points coming from a converted Jake Webster try.

The Match

Eager to give his full squad a run-out following a tough pre-season, Hull coach Peter Gentle fielded a separate team in each half against a strong Castleford outfit that fielded four new signings from the start.

In contrast, the Black and Whites gave their youngsters the chance to impress from the off in a promising first half that saw Alex Starling and Ryan Wilson make their debuts for the club from the bench.

And following an impressive opening 40 minutes from Hull against a near full-strength Tigers outfit, the Black and Whites led 10-6 after tries from Ben Crooks and Josh Bowden, Crooks adding one goal.

However, following a strong start in which they enjoyed the better possession and territory, it was Castleford who opened the scoring through former Hull KR centre Jake Webster.

The visitors had twice been repelled by strong Hull defence on their own line before England international Rangi Chase darted down the blind side to feed winger Justin Carney. His pass back inside put Webster over and Kirk Dixon's conversion made the scores 6-0.

The Black and Whites were disheartened though and soon came back into the game, aided by some strong carries by props Bowden and Chris Green through the middle as they staked their claim for a spot in the first team come February's trip to Headingley in the opening round of Super League.

And steered by half backs Richard Horne and Brett Seymour, the Black and Whites soon registered their first try of the afternoon as Crooks rose highest to collect a Seymour kick to the corner to touch down.

The young centre couldn't add the extras but he was on target five minutes before the break as hooker James Cunningham popped a short ball to the onrushing Bowden, whose try made it 10-6 at the break.

And with Hull's more experienced stars taking to the field after the break, it didn't take them long to build on a good start with two quick-fire tries in the opening 10 minutes.

Half backs Daniel Holdsworth and Aaron Heremaia were at the heart of it as the latter waltzed through a gap in the Castleford defence to touch down, before the former New Zealand international turned provider as he put an on-rushing Joe Westerman over underneath the posts.

A Holdsworth conversion took the scores to 20-6 before Castleford enjoyed a spell of pressure on the Hull line as they sought a way back into the game against a resolute Black and Whites defence.

And with Gentle's men continuing to look threaten during their brief forays into Castleford half, it came as no surprise to see the Airlie Birds add to their try tally five minutes before full-time.

It was England international Gareth Ellis who won the penalty to establish the field position for Holdsworth, Shannon McDonnell and Yeaman to combine to release Tom Briscoe down the left flank.

The winger could have finished off in the corner but his pass inside to the supporting McDonnell sent the former Hull KR full back under the posts for a well-deserved try.

Ex-Salford stand-off Holdsworth slotted his second conversion to round off the scoring in an impressive display from the Black and Whites.

Hull FC: Shaul, Lineham, Crooks, Yeaman, J Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, Green, Cunningham, Bowden, Hadley, Whiting, Pitts.
Subs: McDonnell, Crookes, Arundel, T Briscoe, Holdsworth, Heremaia, O'Meley, Houghton, Lynch, Galea, Ellis, Westerman.

Tries: Crooks, Bowden, Heremaia, Westerman, McDonnell
Goals: Holdsworth (2/3), Crooks (1/2)

Castleford Tigers: Owen, Carney, Webster, Shenton, Dixon, Chase, Ellis, Walker, Clark, Huby, Millington, Hauraki, Massey.
Subs: Emmitt, Milner, Holmes, Thompson, Johnston, Fleming, Clare, Pick

Tries: Webster
Goals: Dixon (1/1)

Referee: T Roby
Attendance: 5,577

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