Match Report: Warrington 12-19 Hull FC
Hull FC recorded one of their most impressive wins of the season so far with an incredible defensive effort to down Warrington Wolves 19-12 at the Halliwll Jones Stadium.
The Black & Whites had first-half scores fom Mickey Paea, Scott Taylor and Albert Kelly in quick succession, with Marc Sneyd making sure the points came the Airlie Birds’ way with a drop-goal in the closing minutes.
Hull conceded just twice to a strong Wolves side, with the victory continuing Hull’s impressive record on the road in 2019.
Hull welcomed back Jamie Shaul after a two-month lay-off with concussion related issues.
However, the Black & Whites were without influential duo Danny Houghton and Gareth Ellis, while Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave and Sika Manu all missed out for the visitors too.
Kieran Buchanan made just his second appearance, starting on the wing.
Warrington claimed first blood in the game, with Toby King making the most of a Kieron Buchanan error in the tenth minute. The winger fumbled a high ball in the corner, and King collected to touch down with ease. Ratchford slotted over the goal.
Hull though immediately hit back thorough Mickey Paea, who crashed over from close range as Hull piled pressure on the Wolves line. The prop received a short ball from Washbrook to dive over for his third of the season. Sneyd added the extras from in front of the sticks.
And Hull would soon take the lead - as Hull ramped up the efforts on the Warrington line, it was Scott Taylor who unexpectedly got on the end of a delicate Marc Sneyd grubber to touch down in the field of play. Sneyd made it a six point lead with the boot.
The Black & Whites went further ahead just after the 20 minute mark, and after a sensational play from the Airlie Birds with the ball being offloaded at least seven times in the build up, it was the half-back who crashed over.
The Wolves almost his back with seven minutes left on the clock in the first-half, but a sensational tackle from the returning Jamie Shaul on Bryson Goodwin forced the centre into touch close to the try-line.
HALF-TIME: Warrington 6-18 Hull FC
Hull stayed resolute in defence in the early stages of the second-half, halting consecutive breaks towards the FC line when Wire looked certain to touch down.
The hosts finally found a way over the line though with 25 minutes remaining in the game, as Blake Austin danced his way through a gap in the FC line to score. Ratchford reduced the gap to six points.
Hull were dealt a blow with a quarter of the game remaining with Jake Connor being sent to the sin-bin for an altercation with Bryson Goodwin.
Marc Sneyd slotted over a drop goal with 12 minutes remaining to extend Hull’s lead to 7.
Ben Murdoch-Masila was sent to the sin-bin also for an altercation in the closing minutes.
FULL-TIME: Warrington 12-19 Hull FC
Warrington: Stefan Ratchford, Bryson Goodwin, Toby King, Ryan Atkins, Josh Charnley, Blake Austin, Declan Patton, Chris Hill, Daryl Clark, Mike Cooper, Ben Currie, Jack Hughes, Ben Westwood.
Interchange: Joe Philbin, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Jason Clark, Sitaleki Akauola.
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Ratu Naulago, Jake Connor, Josh Griffin, Kieran Buchanan, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Washbrook, Mickey Paea, Dean Hadley, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman.
Interchange: Chris Green, Jordan Thompson, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash.
Warrington Tries: King (10), Austin (55)
Warrington Goals: Ratchford (2/2)
Hull FC Tries: Paea (13), Taylor (16), Kelly (22)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (3/3)
Hull FC Drop-Goals: Sneyd (68)