Castleford fans will have known little about Jason Qareqare before kickoff; The 17-year-old Academy winger is not a member of his first team and wasn’t even on the 21-man squad for this contest until his surprise late inclusion.
Wearing number 33, however, the crafty teenager, whose name is pronounced ‘Gary Gary,’ scored with his first touch after just 45 seconds and with one of the most stylish finishes he’s probably ever seen.
Early in the first set of what would become volatile Super League competition, Danny Richardson gave a pass without looking at Michael Shenton that gave the veteran center just enough room to give the rookie a good starting touch in space.
From inside the Hull half, Qareqare accelerated immediately, surprising Burrta Faraimo with his pace and easily passing the US winger before closing in on Jake Connor.
The smartest thing to do would be to take the tackle or at least move inside the box, but Qareqare, with a classic in-and-out move, boldly opted to try to carry the England international on the outside.
His determination and courage paid off; the confident teenager circled around Connor, accelerating again to leave his rival in his wake and a stunned crowd from Wheldon Road on their feet.
Qareqare, who hails from the same nearby Kippax Welfare club that produced Castleford legends like Danny Orr and Andy Lynch, joined the Tigers on scholarship level at 15, one of the last of their crop to be scouted before date. limit.
Amid all the recent Academy craze, the Tigers had to fight to retain their elite license after being initially turned down by the RFL, this was the kind of scenario the club was talking about: local youngsters shining for the club from his hometown.
One can only imagine what the legendary Malcolm Reilly, who made his Castleford debut more than half a century ago, may have been thinking as he smiled from the main stage.
Admittedly, there was no dream ending for Qareqare as his team, which missed a series of top teams after Saturday’s Challenge Cup semi-final victory over Warrington Wolves, was eventually knocked out by Hull, who quickly left. behind his disappointment in the semifinal with Connor turning in style.
Underlining his England credentials once again, he created two attempts and then, after landing a 40/20 kick, rounded off the victory with an attempt of his own as he stretched out from the tired Castleford defense.
The hosts, whose captain Shenton, twice the age of their rookie winger at 34, was excellent, landed a consolation attempt through Oli Holmes, but this was the fourth consecutive loss in the league for Daryl Powell’s team. .
However, Hull’s victory, which brings them to the fourth set, came at a cost, as Brett Hodgson, who had already lost Josh Griffin to a season-ending injury in Saturday’s loss to St Helens, saw two more. centers here.
Carlos Tuimavave limped off in the 26th minute with a hamstring problem and his replacement, Cameron Scott, departed in the latter stages holding his shoulder before Marc Sneyd was charged for a professional foul.
After Swift got their first try in the 14th minute, when Mahe Fonua, who bullied Castleford’s right edge all night, took advantage of a jersey-grabbing defense, Marc Sneyd’s conversion put them 6-4 ahead.
They applied most of the pressure but, with a combination of poor execution and desperate home defense, they failed to extend their lead.
Instead, Richardson tied with a penalty in the 36th minute only to see his team concede in the closing seconds of the half.
Paul McShane, his Man of Steel hooker who played in the tie last night without Jake Trueman and Gareth O’Brien, had been attacked early on in his wide defensive stance.
The thunderous Fonua, playing center after Josh Griffin tore his Achilles tendon in Saturday’s loss to St Helens, certainly made life for the tiny rake miserable.
However, this time it was Sneyd’s raised chip that caused Connor to easily soar above McShane and then glow palm down for Fonua to score.
Sneyd’s conversion put the visitors 12-6 ahead at halftime and then slowly turned the screw in the second period.
Connor’s grip in the corner saw Qareqare unnecessarily taking the dead ball for a layoff, leading to possession for a quality pass from Connor to put Swift on his eighth attempt of the season.
Josh Reynolds’ high tackle on Holmes sparked a melee and Andre Savelio was lucky not to be penalized for a shoulder load on Liam Watts as things heated up.
Instead, Reynolds took possession from Richardson and Fonua moved outside of McShane once more to score his second down.
Caslteford’s Alex Foster, who only made his first appearance of the season on Saturday, was carried at the hour mark after a long on the field …
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