Match Report: Huddersfield 8-28 Hull FC
Hull FC made it back-to-back away victories for the first time since early 2017 beating Huddersfield 28-8 in torrid conditions on Sunday afternoon.
After last week’s, dramatic encounter against Wigan, Hull’s win in West Yorkshire saw them grind out an impressive second-half performance at a damp John Smith’s Stadium, with Joe Westerman bagging a brace on his 300th career appearance.
Josh Griffin also crossed for a double while Ratu Naulago added to the double scored on his debut last week to take his tally to three tries in two games.
Albert Kelly returned to action for the Black & Whites after missing the start of the Betfred Super League season with a long-term concussion injury, with Dean Hadley also returning to action.
Joe Westerman made his 300th career appearance in the contest.
Jamie Shaul missed out after receiving a head knock last weekend against Wigan.
The first action of the game came in the 16th minute, courtesy of a brilliant piece of skill from Joe Westerman. The loose-forward appeared to drop the ball when attacking the Giants line but managed to kick the ball forward and touch down to score. Sneyd kicked the goal.
In miserable conditions, the majority of the opening half included plenty of dropped ball.
But after 30 minutes of strong defence from the visitors, Huddersfield found a gap in the Hull line with young winger Darnell McIntosh racing through to score in front of the Black & White fans. Russell converts.
The Giants edged themselves ahead with Russell adding a 32nd minute penalty to his tally.
Hull were dealt a major blow on the stroke of half-time as Jake Connor was carried from the field with injury.
HALF-TIME: Huddersfield 8-6 Hull FC
But the Airlie Birds started the second-half in style, and it was in-form man Joe Westerman who danced over for his brace - his third score in just two games. Sneyd converted the goal.
And the visitors made it back to back scores as they touched down again just four minutes later. Sneyd’s long looped pass to Naulago saw the winger touch down in the corner. Sneyd though couldn’t add the goal on this occasion.
The Black & Whites made their position in the lead more comfortable courtesy of a Josh Griffin score with a quarter of the game remaining. Sneyd’s high-bomb in the Giants half was dropped by Grix in the wet conditions and the centre pounced to score. Sneyd kicked the goal and Hull led by 14 points.
Sneyd added a goal to extend Hull’s lead in the closing stages, before Griffin crossed for his second try in the final seconds of the game diving on the end of a delightful Sneyd kick.
FULL-TIME: Huddersfield 8-28 Hull FC
Huddersfield: Scott Grix, Jermain McGillvary, Jordan Turner, Lee Gaskell, Darnell McIntosh, Oliver Russell, Matt Frawley, Ukuma Ta’ai, Kruise Leeming, Suaia Matagi, Aaron Murphy, Alex Mellor, Michael Lawrence.
Interchange: Adam O’Brien, Colton Roche, Matty English, Adam Walne.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Mickey Paea, Danny Houghton, Masi Matongo, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.
Interchange: Gareth Ellis, Dean Hadley, Jordan Lane, Jordan Thompson.
Hull FC Tries: Westerman (16, 44), Naulago (48), Griffin (60,79)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (4/5)
Huddersfield Tries: McIntosh (30)
Huddersfield Goals: Russell (2/2)