• Castleford 24-22 Hull FC
• Visitors almost pull off shock victory in rousing finale
As Castleford opened up the eight-point gap at the top of Super League which looks increasingly impregnable as the season progresses, there were perhaps two crucial lessons learned. The first is that is going to take something quite remarkable for someone to become the first team to beat Castleford on their own patch since Warrington did so almost a year ago.
Hull, the side who have caused the Tigers more problems than anyone so far this season, rightly arrived here with expectation, rather than hope, they could become the first visiting team to win in Castleford in 2017.