Match Report: St Helens 62-16 Hull FC
A dominant St Helens put a tired Black & Whites to the sword on Easter Monday, running out 62-16 winners at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
The Airlie Birds rested several key men after the Good Friday victory over Hull KR, but the hosts didn’t show signs of fatigue in the game as Adam Swift grabbed a hat-trick and Kevin Naiqama scored four.
Hull started fast in the game with early tries from Joe Westerman and Carlos Tuimavave, but the Saints hit full power mid-way through the first-half and ran away with the scoreline.
Gareth Ellis, Jack Logan, Mickey Paea, Jordan Lane, Connor Wynne and Danny Houghton were all rested after the emphatic Good Friday Derby victory over Hull KR.
Derby hat-trick hero Jack Logan sat out with a dead leg.
Ratu Naulago, Jordan Thompson, Cameron Scott and Brad Fash came into the squad, while Chris Green made his long-awaited return from injury.
Hull got the perfect start in the game with an early score after six minutes - Jake Connor’s delicate grubber into the Saints in-goal area was pounced on by Joe Westerman who touched down just inside the field of play for his sixth of the season. Sneyd slotted over the goal.
Just three minutes later, Hull were in for their second within the first 10 minutes. An outstanding 40/20 effort from Sneyd put the Black & Whites in great field position, and a quick move to the right edge allowed space for Albert Kelly’s wide ball to find Tuimavave to touch down.
Saints hit back before the 20 minute mark, courtesy of Jonny Lomax. The England international hit a gap at pace and fired through the Hull line to touch down. Coote added the extras.
And it was a quick brace for Lomax who bagged his second just three minutes later - the half-back threw a dummy close to the line and went over under the sticks. Coote was on target once more.
Saints had a third score within the half-hour mark, this time courtesy of Kevin Naiqmq. The Fijian broke down the right edge and Saints had the numbers to go over in the corner. Coote slotted over a third.
A dominant Saints went further ahead with another score down the right edge, this time courtesy of Adam Swift with the hosts having the numbers on the wing once more. Coote made it four with the boot.
Saints added a fifth before half-time - Coote added to his tally of tries with a goal of his own. Scooting out of the Saints attacking try-line, he beat opposite full-back on his way to scoring under the sticks. He converted his fifth.
HALF-TIME: St Helens 30-10 Hull FC
After conceding 30 unanswered in the first-half, Hull managed to reduce the gap seven minutes after the restart. Jez Litten picked up a loose-ball close to the Saints line and scooted over under the posts. Sneyd’s goal made the gap 14.
However, Saints hit back within a matter of minutes. A quick ball out of dummy-half found Swift who dived over in the corner for his second.
Naulago thought he had reduced the deficit with an impressive diving finish in the corner, but referee Hicks deemed the winger to be in touch. Hull were dealt a blow as Cameron Scott was withdrawn with concussion.
Swift would complete his hat-trick in the corner on the hour mark.
Hull had a further try disallowed when Carlos Tuimavave’s offload to Albert Kelly was deemed to be forward as the half-back touched down. Saints went down the other end and Naiqama grabbed the hosts eighth of the afternoon.
Late tries from Welsby, and a third and fourth for Naiqama added to Hull’s woes in the final minutes.
FULL-TIME: St Helens vs Hull FC
St Helens: Lachlan Coote, Adam Swift, Kevin Naiqama, Tommy Makinson, Regan Grace, Jonny LOmax, Danny Richardson, Matty Lees, James Roby, Luke Thompson, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles, Joeseph Paulo.
Interchange: Kyle Amor, Dom Peyroux, Jack Ashworth, Jack Welsby.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Cameron Scott, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Dean Hadley, Masi Matongo, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.
Interchange: Jordan Thompson, Chris Green, Jez Litten, Brad Fash.
St Helens Tries: Lomax (16, 19), Naiqama (27, 65, 74, 77), Swift (29, 51, 59), Coote (38), Welsby (68)
St Helens Goals: Coote (8/9), Richardson (1/2)
Hull FC Tries: Westerman (6), Tuimavave (9), Litten (47)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (2/3)