Hull FC 40-18 Wakefield Trinity

Hull FC 40-18 Wakefield Trinity

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Round 19 of the Betfred Super League saw fourth play fifth as Hull FC faced Wakefield Trinity on an overcast night at the KCOM Stadium.

A victory for Trinity would allow them to leapfrog their rivals, while an FC win could potentially see them rise to second in the Super League table.

After an end-to-end start to the game, the first moment of note came after a lazy arm from Craig Huby on Steve Michaels, leading to Huby and Mahe Fonua trading punches and their subsequent sin-binnings (12).

Hull were given the penalty and were almost over for a try in the corner with Fetuli Talanoa but for great cover defence.

The game’s first try would come from the Airlie Birds after a neat inside ball from Jake Connor, followed by a great break down the middle from Danny Washbrook, who was supported by Jamie Shaul to touch down (16), the returning Marc Sneyd converting to give Hull an early 6-0 lead.

Off the back of a penalty, Hull were in again as they worked the ball out wide to the left with quick hands, Talanoa acrobatically touching down (20), Sneyd missing the conversion from out wide leaving the scoreline at 10-0 in favour of the home side.

Trinity finally responded after neat footwork on the right edge from James Batchelor allowed the youngster to scoot over (28), Liam Finn converting the kick to close the deficit to 10-6.

Wakefield began to find their groove and off the back of a goal-line drop-out, the mercurial Sam Williams weaved his way over for a great score (33), Finn successful with the boot as Trinity led for the first time in the game at 10-12.

The visitors were almost in again prior to the hooter after a looping pass found Ben Jones-Bishop out wide but the referee deemed the pass forward.

This was followed immediately by an FC effort from a towering kick but Michaels’ pass to Fonua was also adjudged to have edged forward as the hooter sounded for half-time.

An exquisite 40/20 from Scott Grix gave Wakefield possession upfield and after working the ball out to the right, Reece Lyne was able to barge over (44), Finn kicking with precision from the touchline to extend Trinity’s lead to 10-18.

The Airlie Birds thought they had responded after Fonua popped a ball out to Michaels on the right wing, but it was ruled forward. In a night for forward passes, Trinity thought they were in for a score via Matty Ashurst soon after but the effort was chalked off again.

Hull refused to wilt and after Trinity initially defused FC pressure, an attempted pass out wide by Kyle Wood on the counter-attack, was intercepted by the perceptive Connor who touched down with ease (59), Sneyd adding the extras to close the gap to 16-18.

FC continued to rally and Sneyd broke away down the middle, displaying evasive footwork to beat Wood and Grix to go in under the sticks (63), sealing a great score with his own conversion as Hull edged back ahead 22-18 to set up a tense finale.

A scintillating burst by Shaul down the middle ripped Trinity’s defence apart as defenders were left in the full-back’s wake to make it a brace of tries for him on the night (69), Sneyd accurate with the boot again as the Black and Whites took control of the game at 28-18.

Fonua sealed a great night for the home side after he was released down the right wing, intercepting Bill Tupou’s pass to storm over in the corner (75), Sneyd converting from a tricky angle to extend FC’s lead to 34 – 18.

There was even time for Jansin Turgut to grab a try after breaking through a gap in the Trinity defence to touch down (78), Sneyd sealing the game with a kick as Hull capped a fine second-half by running out 40-18 winners at full-time.

Written by Callum Thompson.

Hull FC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jamie ShaulFull Back200001
2Mahe FonuaWing100100
3Carlos TuimavaveCentre000000
4Josh Griffin 14Interchange000000
5Fetuli TalanoaWing100000
7Marc SneydScrum Half160000
8Scott Taylor 10Interchange000000
9Danny HoughtonHooker000000
10Liam Watts 8Prop000000
14Jake Connor 4Centre100000
16Jordan Thompson 17Interchange000000
17Danny Washbrook 16Loose Forward000000
19Steve MichaelsWing000000
21Sika ManuSecond Row000000
22Josh BowdenProp000000
25Jansin Turgut 28Second Row100000
28Brad Fash 25Interchange000000
 Total 760101

Wakefield Trinity

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Scott GrixFull Back000000
3Bill TupouCentre000000
4Reece LyneCentre100000
5Ben Jones-BishopWing000000
7Liam FinnScrum Half030000
8Anthony England 23Prop000000
9Kyle WoodHooker000000
11Matty Ashurst 18Second Row000000
14Sam WilliamsStand Off100000
15Adam Walker 8Interchange000000
16Tinirau AronaLoose Forward000000
17Craig Huby 26Prop000100
18Joe Arundel 11Interchange000000
23Keegan Hirst 8Interchange000000
24Mason Caton-BrownCentre000000
26Chris Annakin 17Interchange000000
27James BatchelorSecond Row100000
 Total 330100

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
June 23, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Venue

KCOM Stadium

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
Hull FC103040
Wakefield Trinity12618