Hull FC took on Wakefield Trinity at the MKM Stadium live on Sky Sports tonight.
The Black and Whites were dismal in the first-half as Wakefield dotted down three times, with Lewis Murphy grabbing a double and Lee Kershaw sliding in at the other corner.
Hull did finally reply with a Ben McNamara try from a Luke Gale kick, but that was all they had to show for in a 16-6 half-time deficit.
Wakefield were in a buoyant mood, however, and another try just after the break from Liam Hood sent them into a shock 22-6 lead.
And, Trinity weren’t finished there either with Murphy registering a hat-trick after Lee Gaskell had the ball knocked out of his grasp.
Ellis Longstaff did manage to dot down following a Gale kick with the latter’s conversion bringing Hull back to 26-12, and, Hull had just enough time for Chris Satae to force his way over to bring them back to within eight.
But, Wakefield held on for a superb win.
Winning head coach Willie Poching was over the moon with his side’s performance.
“I was really pleased with our defence; we showed up tonight with how we wanted to defend,” Poching said live on Sky Sports after the game.
“We spoke about it at half-time, whilst we had some physicality about us we didn’t have the intent as we did for large parts of the second-half.
“We made some adjustments tactically and took Milky (Jacob Miller) off to get some other people some game time. It’s a bit of a relief but we’re still not home and hosed.”
Poching was also full of praise for Corey Hall – who made his first appearance in the back-row – and hat-trick hero Lewis Murphy.
“He knows the game Corey and I had a chat with him and asked if he was confident to play there and he was which gave me some comfort there.
“Lewis has come on leaps and bounds and he showed some real growth. I wanted him to get his hands on the ball and be busier because he’s a threat when he carries.”