Trueman hat-trick lifts Castleford
Jake Trueman scored a hattrick to put Castleford on the brink of the play-offs and leave Hull FC facing up to an early finish to their season.
The young half-back was this week included in the Great Britain performance squad and he enhanced his burgeoning reputation in a Super League record 44-12 win against the Airlie Birds.
Cheyse Blair opened the scoring with his first try for Castleford before a Trueman double gave the home side a firm grip on the game.
Masi Matongo went over for Hull’s opening try but Trueman made it a treble before James Clare, Jordan Rankin and Matt Cook completed the visitors’ misery after Jack Logan’s breakaway effort.
The result saw Castleford leapfrog their opponents into the top five ahead of their final fixture of the regular season against Wigan.
Hull must now beat the leaders St Helens next week and hope other results go their way.