Carlos Tuimavave scored twice in a scorching Player of the Match performance as Hull FC downed Castleford Tigers 29-16 on Sunday to set up a Challenge Cup quarter final tie with Wigan.
FC led 18-6 at half time thanks to a Tuimavave double and a score from Albert Kelly. George Griffin responded for the Tigers.
Though Oliver Holmes and Peter Mata’utia scored second-half tries for Cas, Ratu Naulago’s try and seven further points from the boot of Jake Connor saw Hull home.
Tuimavave put Cas to the sword in the first half; he opened the scoring on nine minutes and providing a slick assist for Albert Kelly on the half hour mark followed by an interception try on the half time hooter.
Connor kicked three goals from three attempts in response to Griffin crashing over for Castleford – Danny Richardson kicking the first of his three goals – which left Hull 18-6 up at the break.
Hull flew out of the blocks in the second half with Naulago sprinting home from 80 metres. Connor made it four goals from four with the boot.
The Tigers then scored two tries in ten minutes as the hour mark approached as they sensed a chance to steal a come-from-behind win.
But it wasn’t to be as Connor helped decide the outcome with two penalty goals in the final quarter, before dashing any outside chance of a comeback with a drop goal on 79 minutes to hand his side a three-score lead and a 29-16 win.
The Coral Challenge Cup quarter finals take place this coming weekend, kicking off on Friday night as Catalans Dragons host Salford Red Devils – 6pm kick off – followed by Hull KR against Leeds Rhinos from 8pm.
The round will conclude with a repeat of last year’s final as St Helens clash with Warrington, 2.30pm kick off and live on BBC One, before Hull FC take on Wigan Warriors from 5pm, on BBC Two.