Home / Sports / Match Report – Hull 18 – 34 St Helens

Match Report – Hull 18 – 34 St Helens

Last Updated: 13/07/18 11:04pm

Luke Thompson scored one of St Helens' seven tries as they beat Hull to consolidate their position at the top of Super League

Luke Thompson scored one of St Helens' seven tries as they beat Hull to consolidate their position at the top of Super League

Luke Thompson scored one of St Helens’ seven tries as they beat Hull to consolidate their position at the top of Super League

St Helens took full advantage of Wigan’s slip-up to move eight points clear at the top of Betfred Super League following a hard-fought 34-18 victory at Hull FC.

The Warriors fell to a 20-12 defeat at in-form Huddersfield on Thursday evening and Justin Holbrook’s team took the opportunity to extend their lead at the summit at the KCOM Stadium.

Bureta Faraimo put Hull ahead with the opening set but the league leaders worked their way back into the match through Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba to move 10-8 ahead at the break, despite the home winger’s second score.

The Black and Whites regained the lead when Jansin Turgut and Albert Kelly crossed to move Hull 18-10 in front, but Saints came roaring back with 24 unanswered points as Jonny Lomax (two), Barba, Adam Swift and Luke Thompson all scored to seal a great comeback victory and the Steve Prescott Cup.

Defeat leaves Hull’s top-four ambitions in doubt ahead of the Super 8s next month.

Hull were competitive for the most part and led into the second half before Saints pulled away Hull were competitive for the most part and led into the second half before Saints pulled away

Hull were competitive for the most part and led into the second half before Saints pulled away

The hosts got off to a rapid start and crossed inside the first minute following great improvisation from Kelly and Jake Connor.

Stand-off Kelly jinked his way across the Saints defence to create an overlap on the right edge before finding Connor, who instantly flicked the ball to Faraimo to twist his way past Barba and power over the line.

Hull FC celebrate Bureta Faraimo's first of two tries on Friday Hull FC celebrate Bureta Faraimo's first of two tries on Friday

Hull FC celebrate Bureta Faraimo’s first of two tries on Friday

However, the league leaders soon found themselves level when Barba made amends for his earlier error to slip Makinson through to dive into the corner with their first meaningful attack following a flat start from the away side.

It was not long before the mercurial full-back put St Helens ahead for the first time when he sliced through the home defence after Jack Logan spilled a Danny Richardson high ball, with the half-back landing the touchline extras.

Tommy Makinson scored St Helens' first effort of the day after 16 minutes Tommy Makinson scored St Helens' first effort of the day after 16 minutes

Tommy Makinson scored St Helens’ first effort of the day after 16 minutes

England international Connor was carried off through injury but his absence did not affect Hull’s right edge as Faraimo took a stunning catch to keep Kelly’s long pass in field before sneaking in the corner to reduce the gap to two points at half-time.

Hull found themselves back in front after 48 minutes through Turgut after he picked out Kelly flat pass ahead of the onrushing Regan Grace to stretch over in the corner.

Jansin Turgut was another to cross the whitewash for the Black & Whites Jansin Turgut was another to cross the whitewash for the Black & Whites

Jansin Turgut was another to cross the whitewash for the Black & Whites

The home side improved their advantage five minutes later when a flowing move saw Hull move upfield before Kelly earned a deserved try by trucking over Barba for an 18-10 lead.

But Saints are top for a reason and they hit back almost immediately as they overloaded on the left edge, with Faraimo down with an injury, for Barba to stroll in his second score of the match.

Albert Kelly stormed over to give Hull an 18-10 lead into the second half Albert Kelly stormed over to give Hull an 18-10 lead into the second half

Albert Kelly stormed over to give Hull an 18-10 lead into the second half

Holbrook’s side were soon back in front with 20 minutes left to play as Jonny Lomax darted over from close range, with Richardson tagging the extras to nudge the visitors 20-18 ahead.

However, Saints hit their stride with three further tries to end Hull’s resistance and condemn the hosts to just their second defeat of the season.

St Helens celebrate another try as they rack up 34 points at the KCOM St Helens celebrate another try as they rack up 34 points at the KCOM

St Helens celebrate another try as they rack up 34 points at the KCOM

Saints hit the left edge once more as Hull players scrambled to recover and Lomax sold two players with dummies to cross for his second try before Swift and Thompson each scored in the corner to earn a thrilling triumph.

About brandsauthority

Check Also

Chelsea’s Olivier Giroud says football has work to do before players feel comfortable coming out | Football News

Last Updated: 15/11/18 10:29pm Olivier Giroud believes football is nowhere near ready to accept openly …

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this: