Hull FC 14-16 Catalans Dragons

Richie Myler Leeds Rhinos

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In what was a very tit-for-tat game at the KCOM Stadium, the Catalans Dragons managed to come away with what was a hard-fought win courtesy of Luke Walsh’s boot scoring 12 of their 16 points on the night.

The first half started fairly steadily, with both sides going set-for-set. Neither were really able to create any chances within the first 10 minutes, with Marc Sneyd’s last-tackle bomb being the only real talking point after it was almost fumbled by Thomas Bosc within his own 10m.

It took until the 13th minute for the games’ first points, as Sneyd stepped up to kick a penalty goal in front of the posts, after the Dragons were disciplined for messing around at the ruck. This came just before Hull were dealt a huge blow as captain Gareth Ellis was forced off the field for a concussion test following a questionable hit from former FC man Sam Moa.

It wasn’t long until Catalans returned the favour in the points department, as Luke Walsh stepped up from 38m out to level the scores on the back of some good pressure from the French outfit.

The visitors then found themselves a man down 20 minutes in as Greg Bird, in his second spell with the club, was sin binned for not allowing Liam Watts to play the ball after repeatedly holding down at the ruck.

With Bird in the sin bin, it’s no wonder Luke Walsh took the opportunity to run down the clock from the next penalty as he opted to kick for goal again, successfully landing it to put his side in front for the first time.

Following 33 minutes of gritty play from both teams, it was the visitors who created the game’s first clear opportunity, and a controversial one to say the least. Krisnan Inu drove forward from close range for Catalans, getting over the line but being adjudged to be held up. However, on closer inspection it looked as if he did actually get the ball down.

And on the following set, Hull were able to break through the Dragons’ line, a real blow for the visitors, who had worked hard in defence all half. The Airlie Birds moved the ball right, before Sika Manu popped a beautifully timed ball out the back to Carlos Tuimavave who dived over despite the best efforts of Thomas Bosc. Sneyd converted without any difficulty, making it 8-4 at half time.

The second half saw some much more expansive play from both sides, but it was the Dragons who came out quicker in the second half, and were in for their first try within a minute. Greg Bird was back on the pitch after his yellow card, and it was his decisive offload on halfway that allowed Thomas Bosc to break, before the veteran fullback put Richie Myler clear to score next to the posts. Walsh converted to put his side back into the lead at 10-8.

Just minutes later, a superb piece of skill from Jake Connor almost created an opportunity for Lee Radford’s men. The former Huddersfield utility plucked the ball out of the air one-handed after a Catalans knock on, but after racing away down the right wing, his basketball-style pass inside was just knocked on by the supporting Mahe Fonua and the chance came to nothing.

Catalans seemed to be taking any points they could get their hands on at this point, as Luke Walsh again decided to kick for goal from a penalty. He was successful, and put his side 4 points ahead.

However, it was a moment of technical brilliance from Liam Watts which put his side back in the ascendency. The towering prop tackled Krisnan Inu, who was attempting to drive away from his own goal line, before pinching the ball one-on-one to dive over unfazed from 5m out. Sneyd converted without any issues to put the home side ahead 14-12.

Yet again, though, it was Luke Walsh who stepped up to put his side back in front as he slotted over two consecutive penalties, one for a late shoulder charge and the other for a dangerous spear tackle, which also saw Liam Watts sin-binned.

This made for a tense last 15 minutes as the home side threw caution to the wind in an attempt to snatch a late win. But the Dragons managed to stay disciplined and strong in defence, grinding out a well-deserved win to take back to Perpignan.

Referee: Robert Hicks

Attendance: 13,544

SCORING SEQUENCE: 2-0, 2-2, 2-4, 8-4, 8-10, 8-12, 14-12, 14-14, 14-16.

Written by Jack Conlon.

Hull FC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jamie ShaulFull Back000000
2Mahe FonuaWing000000
3Carlos TuimavaveCentre100000
4Josh GriffinCentre000000
5Fetuli TalanoaWing000000
7Marc SneydScrum Half030000
8Scott Taylor 15Prop000000
9Danny HoughtonHooker000000
10Liam Watts 22Prop100100
12Mark Minichiello 16Second Row000000
13Gareth Ellis 17Loose Forward000000
14Jake ConnorStand Off000000
21Sika ManuSecond Row000000
15Chris Green 8Interchange000000
16Jordan Thompson 12Interchange000000
17Danny Washbrook 13Interchange000000
22Josh Bowden 10Interchange000000
 Total 230100

Catalans Dragons

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
2Jodie BroughtonWing000000
3Krisnan InuCentre000000
4Brayden WiliameCentre000000
6Luke WalshStand Off060000
7Richie MylerScrum Half100000
8Sam Moa 11Prop000000
9Paul Aiton 23Hooker000000
10Remi Casty 14Prop000000
12Justin Horo 17Second Row000000
13Greg BirdLoose Forward000101
15Benjamin GarciaSecond Row000000
16Thomas BoscFull Back000000
21Iain ThornleyWing000000
11Louis Anderson 8Interchange000000
14Julian Bousquet 10Interchange000000
17Jason Baitieri 12Interchange000000
23Alrix Da Costa 9Interchange000000
 Total 160101

Match Details

Date Time Competition Season Match Day
February 23, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Thursday

Venue

KCOM Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Hull FC8614
Catalans Dragons41216