St Helens 19-12 Hull FC

St Helens 19-12 Hull FC

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Round 21 of the Betfred Super League saw St Helens take on Hull FC as both sides looked to bounce back from defeats in the previous round on a rain-soaked evening at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Saints thought they’d scored within five minutes courtesy of Morgan Knowles, but the effort was chalked off after Dominic Peyroux was adjudged to be offside from the initial high kick.

In an error-strewn opening 20 minutes, Peyroux was involved again as he broke down the middle but excellent cover defence from Jamie Shaul, Albert Kelly and Josh Griffin stopped a near-certain try.

Against the run of play, the away side scored the opening try after Kelly released a suspect pass to Griffin, who gave the ball inside to Shaul to score his 15th try of the season (24), Marc Sneyd adding the extras to make it 0-6.

St Helens rallied after a period of extensive pressure and James Roby scooted over from close range to touch down (29), Mark Percival adding the extras to level the scores at 6-6.

The errors continued from both teams as the inclement weather began to impact on the quality of the game.

Saints had the last say of the first-half, Percival kicking a penalty after a Griffin flop (39), to make it 8-6 to the home side at half-time.

The second-half began with a try for the home side as Theo Fages spotted a gap in Hull’s defence on the left edge, breaking through and releasing the ball to the supporting Percival for a try (46). The centre converting his own try to extend St Helens’ lead to 14-6.

Errors continued to add up as both sides wasted opportunities in a game lacking inherent quality.

Against the run of play again, the Airlie Birds responded after a towering kick from Sneyd was knocked on by Percival and plucked out of the air by Mahe Fonua to score from distance (63), Sneyd kicking the two to narrow the scoreline to 14-12.

The game sprung to life in the last 10 minutes as Fetuli Talanoa thought he’d touched down in the corner but the Video Referee ruled it out for interference.

St Helens responded and a deft chip from Fages was collected by Percival in the air, to spectacularly touch down in the corner for his second try after another Video Referee referral (73), Percival missing the conversion to leave Hull six points behind at 18-12.

It didn’t matter though as youngster Danny Richardson quickly followed up with a drop-goal under the sticks to edge the home-side further ahead at 19-12 (76).

In a poor-quality game, it was a crucial win for Saints as they keep alive their hopes of breaking into the top four with just two games to play before the Super 8s.

Written by Callum Thompson.

St Helens

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jonny LomaxFull Back000000
2Tommy MakinsonWing000000
3Ryan MorganCentre000000
4Mark PercivalCentre230001
6Theo FagesStand Off000000
9James Roby 17Hooker100000
14Luke Douglas 10Prop000000
16Luke Thompson 8Prop000000
18Dominique Peyroux 13Second Row000000
20Morgan KnowlesHooker000000
24Danny RichardsonScrum Half001000
28Regan GraceWing000000
36Zeb TaiaSecond Row000000
8Alex Walmsley 16Interchange000000
10Kyle Amor 14Interchange000000
13Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 18Interchange000000
17Tommy Lee 9Interchange000000
 Total 331001

Hull FC

# Player Position Tries Goals Drop Goals Yellow Red Star Man
1Jamie ShaulFull Back100000
2Mahe FonuaWing100000
3Carlos TuimavaveCentre000000
4Josh GriffinCentre000000
5Fetuli TalanoaWing000000
6Albert KellyStand Off000000
7Marc SneydScrum Half020000
8Scott Taylor 10Prop000000
9Danny HoughtonHooker000000
12Mark Minichiello 16Second Row000000
17Danny WashbrookLoose Forward000000
21Sika Manu 28Second Row000000
22Josh Bowden 14Prop000000
10Liam Watts 8Interchange000000
14Jake Connor 22Interchange000000
16Jordan Thompson 12Interchange000000
28Brad Fash 21Interchange000000
 Total 220000

Match Details

Date Time League Season Match Day
July 7, 2017 8:00 pm Super League 2017 Friday

Results

Team1st half2nd halfFinal score
St Helens81119
Hull FC6612