WARRINGTON WOLVES 40-18 HULL FC
Sunday, 24 June 2012
Hull FC were blown away by a commanding second half performance from the Warrington Wolves as they fell to a 40-18 defeat at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.
The Black and Whites had fought hard to earn an 18-18 half time score line courtesy of tries from Kirk Yeaman, Willie Manu and Joe Westerman, with an effort from Chris Riley and a brace from Ryan Atkins levelling matters for the hosts.
However, the Wire charged to victory in the second half helped by a hefty penalty count and a sin binning for Manu, as tries from Lee Briers, former Hull man Gareth Carvell and Joel Monaghan wrapped up victory.
Hull FC travelled to the Halliwell Jones Stadium refreshed after a week off from Super League action. An extra week on the training field had come at the perfect time for a returning Richard Horne and Aaron Heremaia, the latter who hasn’t featured since pre-season.
The Wolves were without Brett Hodgson, Ben Westwood and Scott Grix, but their talisman Michael Monaghan returned at hooker after a number of weeks on the sidelines.
In an eagerly contested opening to the match it was the Black and Whites who charged into a quick lead with two tries inside the first nine minutes, born from their eagerness to retain possession and their pace in attack.
First Tom Briscoe’s great read on half way gave his side the ball and just moments later they had stormed down field with Willie Manu’s high one handed pass over the head of centre Chris Bridge allowing Kirk Yeaman to drift in at the left corner for an unconverted try, his third in two games since returning from injury.
Just seconds later they doubled their try tally with Manu the scorer himself, only this time courtesy of some superb team play and a lightening break away from winger Briscoe.
Fast hands moving the ball from the right hand side of the field to the left wing carved open the Wolves defence before the England man raced away up field to slot Manu in for a try with an inside pass at the line.
Tickle added his first conversion of the afternoon for a ten point lead, but it was short lived, as the hosts responded almost immediately with Ryan Atkins collecting a fortuitous bounce of the ball from Brett Seymour’s charged down to run in from 30-metres out.
Successive penalties once again put Hull under pressure, but unlike recent weeks, a buoyant defence stood firm and came out on top as Joe Westerman restored his sides two try advantage with a superbly finished try.
A neat shuffle from half back Seymour’s midway through the Warrington half unhinged the hosts defence and from the resulting play Westerman collected Richard Horne’s drop off to go dancing past three helpless defenders and stretch for a well-received try in front of a vocal following from East Yorkshire.
An entertaining end to end game continued with both sides almost adding to the score sheet before Wolves took the lead in the match for the first time with a two tries in quick succession down Hull’s right.
An overlapping Chris Riley got away from Ben Crooks to score at the corner for the first of the brace, before just moments later Atkins made the most of the numerical advantage down the wing to cruise unchallenged for his second try of the afternoon in blustery Warrington.
The Black and Whites almost bounced again with Briscoe falling within inches of Seymour’s delicate high kick to the in-goal area and then Westerman being just held up on the line as they looked to re-affirm their lead, but it in the end the sides would go in level at the break with Tickle kicking the simplest of penalties from left of the posts with just seconds to the hooter.
The second half started much the same as the first, physical and competitive, but Hull continued to be on the back foot as the penalty count started to mount.
And eventually it would take its toll, as the visitors conceded their 10th penalty of the game and from the resulting set Lee Briers rolled back the years with a fine show and go just short of the line to roll his way over a converted try.
Both sides were asking questions of the referee with the penalty count at 11-6 in Warrington’s favour with 53 minutes played, but by far the most eventful decision was to follow as referee Thaler pulled play back for a knock with Warrington through to score, a decision he gave despite being out on the floor having collided with FC full back Matthew Russell.
With 22-minutes played referee remained at the centre of the action as Willie Manu was sin binned for holding down and with a man advantage it was the only invitation the home side needed to maraud down field with Briers almost adding another try only to knock at the line.
It wasn’t long though before the Wire did make the most of their numerical advantage as Atkins produced a fine solo effort to break inside from the left wing and score at the right of the posts to complete a well taken hat-trick.
Joel Monaghan had a try chalked off minutes later due to a forward pass to the disappointment of the home support but they didn’t have to wait long to find voice again as Garreth Carvell rounded off a fine following team move from the hosts to score against his former club, albeit with muted celebration.
A deflated Hull side could do little to halt the charge of their opponents who were enjoying all of the possession and there was little the Black and Whites could do to stop another flowing Warrington move as Joel Monaghan finally etched his name on the score sheet as he finished a simply in the right corner with just six minutes to play.
Hull FC: Russell, Crooks, Turner, Yeaman, Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, Lynch, Whiting, Moa, Tickle, Manu, Westerman | Pitts, Heremaia, Kent, Aspinwall
Hull FC Tries: Yeaman, Manu, Westerman
Hull FC Goals: Tickle (3/4)
Hull FC Sin Bin: Manu
Warrington: Ratchford, Riley, Bridge, Atkins, J Monaghan, Briers, O’Brien, Hill, Higham, Carvell, Waterhouse, Cooper, Harrison | M Monaghan, Wood, McCarthy, Currie
Warrington Tries: Atkins (3), Riley, Briers, Carvell, J Monaghan
Warrington Goals: O’Brien (6/7)
Referee: Mr B Thaler