Castleford Tigers: Owen’s treble maintains unbeaten record

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Winger Richard Owen scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford made history with their first away win over Hull KR in the Super League era to go joint top of the table after three rounds.

Winger Richard Owen scored a hat-trick of tries as Castleford made history with their first away win over Hull KR in the Super League era to go joint top of the table after three rounds.

The in-form Tigers scored five tries to two in a 30-10 success to end their 20-year wait for a win at Craven Park.

The home side opened the scoring when front rower James Green took scrum-half Kris Keating’s short pass near the line to crash over and Travis Burns added the goal to make it 6-0.

But Owen scored twice in eight minutes to give Cas the lead. Second rower Weller Hauraki combined with centre Michael Channing to get the right winger over for his first and Owen then leapt above Eden to collect Liam Finn’s high kick.

Another pinpoint kick from Finn set up second rower Frankie Mariano for his first try for Castleford and Sneyd’s third goal extended his side’s lead to 18-6.

Castleford were reduced to 12 men when Finn was sin-binned for what appeared to be a leg twist on centre Kris Welham, but they continued to defend heroically until right winger Omari Caro took Eden’s pass to produce a strong finish for Rovers’ second try in the last move of the first half.

Mariano and hooker Daryl Clarke had tries disallowed by video referees Ian Smith and Phil Bentham in the second half before the Tigers finally made sure of the points 13 minutes from the end when substitute Oliver Holmes crossed wide out for their fourth try before Owen completed his hat-trick, five minutes from the end, with Sneyd maintaining his accuracy with his fifth conversion.

Hull K R: Eden, Cockayne, Welham, Salter, Caro, Burns, Keating, J. Walker, J. Hodgson, Green, Larroyer, Lovegrove, Costigan. Subs: Carlile, Cox, Horne, A. Walker.

Castleford: Dorn, Owen, Channing, Shenton, Carney, Sneyd, Finn, Lynch, Clark, Huby, Mariano, Hauraki, Millington. Subs: Milner, Holmes, Wheeldon, Fleming.

Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).

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