Hull FC had Marc Sneyd to thank for an impressive performance as the half-back scored all eight of his side’s points as the East Yorkshire club defeated St Helens 8-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadium. Hull were only in the lead for 14 minutes as they went ahead thanks to a Sneyd penalty goal in the final quarter. They now have a four-point buffer over fifth-placed Saints with five games remaining of the Super 8s.
Regan Grace opened the scoring for the hosts after five minutes as he pulled out the acrobatics in the corner following Mark Percival’s pass. Percival converted for an early 6-0 lead. In an error-laden first period, chances were few and far between but Hull did respond six minutes shy of the break as the returning Marc Sneyd jinked over the whitewash. He added the extras to level the game at 6-6, the half-time score.
The next points of the contest came in the 66th minute as Hull won a penalty and halfway and Sneyd decided to go for the two points. He was successful with his attempt, which gave the Black and Whites their first lead of the evening. With time running out, game management was the key for Hull and with Sneyd at the fore they needn’t fear. He won his side a GLDO after Zeb Taia dropped a grubber from the half-back and the former Cas man controlled all the visitors’ set until the final hooter.
A massive win for Hull but a blow for Justin Holbrook’s Saints.