Hull Make it Four in a Row
Hull FC made it four wins in succession after a narrow victory over St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
In tough conditions, Marc Sneyd scored all eight of Hull’s points with a converted try and a second-half penalty to seal the win.
The victory over the Saints cuts Leeds Rhinos’ gap in second to just one point.
Head coach Lee Radford was forced to shuffle his side with Fetuli Talanoa, who was set to make his 100th appearance for the club, dropping out through illness whilst Jamie Shaul, Mahe Fonua and Josh Bowden all missed through slight knocks.
The Black and Whites were without Mark Minichiello heading into the game having not been named in the 19-man squad, whilst Jordan Thompson made his 100th appearance for the Airlie Birds as he started in the centres.
Jansin Turgut and Masi Matongo were brought into the 19-man squad in place of Shaul and Talanoa.
Saints fumbled their first use of the ball but they soon had it back to post the first points of the game.
Jon Wilkin was taken off the ball late by Jansin Turgut and from the penalty, the home side struck first when swift ball movement to the left side opened up the chance for Regan Grace to dive over in the corner.
His centre Mark Percival, who fed him the ball to score, converted from the sideline.
Handling errors were aplenty from both sides with the conditions playing their part.
The hosts had their chances to increase their advantage further, however passes from Percival to Grace either drifted forward or didn’t stick.
After soaking up pressure on their own line for much of the first 40, Hull drew it back level five minutes before the break when Marc Sneyd used some clever footwork close to the St Helens line to plant the ball down.
The FC scrum-half then added the extras to his own score and Lee Radford’s men were forced to defend in the last few acts of the half after Jake Connor dropped a swirling high kick. However the Black and Whites kept them at bay.
The second half saw both sides unable to take any rare opportunities they had presented to them with the conditions continuing to still play their part.
Sneyd’s metrnomic kicking was put to the test when the Black and Whites were awarded a penalty on halfway with just over 15 minutes remaining and the half-back booted the penalty to nude the visitors in front.
St Helens: Lomax; Makinson, Morgan, Percival, Grace; Fages, Richardson; McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Roby, Thompson, Taia, Peyroux, Wilkin. Bench: Walmsley, Knowles, Smith, Amor
Tries: Grace (4)
Goals: Percival 1/1
Hull FC: Connor; Michaels, Thompson, Tuimavave, Griffin; Kelly, Sneyd; Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Turgut, Ellis. Bench: Green, Washbrook, Fash, Matongo
Tries: Sneyd (35)
Goals: Sneyd 2/2