Sporting Life Rugby League

October 14, 2015
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Hull KR's Josh Mantellato coverts his own try with the last kick of the gameJosh Mantellato converted his own try with the last kick of the game from the touchline as Hull KR snatched a 16-16 draw against Castleford in the opening round of the First Utility Super League.

The Tigers looked set to open their campaign with a hard-fought victory after two tries from Rovers old boy Jake Webster but Mantellato went over in the corner before holding his nerve to earn the hosts a point.

The sides had a try apiece to show for their efforts at the end of a physical first half in which Mitch Allgood and Lee Jewitt were both sin-binned for fighting.

Denny Solomona's individual try got Castleford's season up and running but Hull KR went into the break on level terms courtesy of James Donaldson's powerful effort.

Webster, a first-half replacement for the injured Michael Shenton, scored twice either side of Mantellato's smart finish to put the Tigers in control midway through the second period.

But the Australian winger's late show denied Castleford the spoils from a tough contest.

Former Hull and Catalans Dragons second rower Setaimata Sa scored two first-half tries on debut to put Widnes on their way to a 24-16 first-round away win over Wakefield.

The Vikings enjoyed three comfortable wins over the Wildcats in 2015 but they were made to work hard this time as Brian Smith's new-look side provided glimpses of hope that they can avoid another wooden spoon.

Source: www.sportinglife.com
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