Hull FC 18-32 St Helens: Highlights and talking points

St Helens are headed into the final four of the Challenge Cup after a game marred by Josh Griffin’s red card.


Welsby tees up Batchelor
St Helens were favourites and notched the opening score of the game when Jack Welsby’s short ball popped Joe Batchelor through a gap to score.

Percival rules out as Saints notch a penalty
Then Mark Percival’s afternoon was ended prematurely when he was forced off with a head injury. Brad Fash fell on him and a penalty was awarded allowing Saints to make it 8-0.

Hull FC strike back with backrower tries
Hull then stormed ahead after tries for backrowers Josh Griffin and Andre Savelio. They led 12-8.

Saints pull level
Saints were doing it tough with the likes of Percival and Tommy Makinson ruled out injured. This saw Konrad Hurrell move to the wing but he was on hand to take Jack Welsby’s pass to make it 12-all at the break.

Red card
In a shocking moment at halftime Josh Griffin was sent off for dissent after he spoke to referee Chris Kendall.

Saints pull clear
The Saints scored two vital tries at the start of the second half. They scored initially through Curtis Sironen before Lewis Dodd scored from a Tee Ritson break.

Hull hope
Hull FC had hope when Jack Welsby and Tee Ritson collided dropping a kick allowing Jake Trueman to score.

Saints seal it
Like the Champions they are, the Saints sealed the win with two late tries turning up the pressure on the Black and Whites.

Talking Points:

Red Card
A shocking moment. Some fans on social media have suggested it was harsh. However, dissent is dissent and until we know exactly what was said it is impossible to know whether it was harsh but we don’t want dissent in rugby league.

Missed Red Card?
It has been suggested by Jamie Peacock and Jon Wilkin that there should have been another red card in the game. They felt Brad Fash should have been sent off for his tackle on Mark Percival.

Hull FC impressive
Despite the loss and those two incidents, there is something to really like about the Black and Whites.

Champion Saints
This season we have seen teams lose to 12 men but not the Champions. They have the composure to force the issue in situations like today.