Match Report: Hull FC 35-32 Salford Red Devils

The Black & Whites held on in an exciting encounter at the KCOM Stadium to defeat Salford Red Devils 35-32.

The Black & Whites held on in an exciting encounter at the KCOM Stadium to defeat Salford Red Devils 35-32.

Hull dominated for long periods of the game, however after being reduced to 11 men in the final minutes, the visitors hit back to set up a nervy finish.

But the hosts held on for back-to-back home wins, with Albert Kelly bagging a brace in the contest.

Team News

For the first time in 129 games, a run dating back to February 2016, the Black & Whites named an unchanged line-up from last week’s victory over Catalans Dragons.

Hull remained without Gareth Ellis, Carlos Tuimavave, Jordan Lane and Scott Taylor, the latter of which dropped out of last week’s clash with a calf injury.

The Match

Hull opened the scoring though Albert Kelly in the opening ten minutes, who got on the end of a perfect Marc Sneyd grubber into the Devils in-goal.

And it was a double for Hull in just a matter of moments. Kelly turned provider as he broke down the right edge, and fed the ball to Connor who had the pace to go round the Salford defender and race away to touch down.

It got better for Hull with a third try in less than 6 minutes. Griffin broke down the opposite edge, found Sneyd, who then sent the ball inside to Mark Minichiello, who powered over with ease.

However, after a huge start for Hull, the Devils hit back through Pauli Pauli inside the opening 20 minutes as he crashed over from close range - Ian Watson’s side making the most of good field position thanks to a penalty in the Hull half.

Sneyd looked to extend the lead with a penalty from the 40 metre line after a quarter of the game had passed, but it headed wide.

However, Hull soon had try number four, and it was a double for Kelly who showed some magnificent dancing feet to score under the posts. Sneyd’s fourth kick of the night made it an 18 point gap.

Salford reduced the gap once more though with Robert Lui sending a brilliant pass out wide to Jake Bibby, whose impressive diving finish in the corner got the Devils’ second try of the game.

And Hull picked up their fifth try of the game just before the break, with Jamie Shaul showing off his outstanding turn of pace to break down the left edge and finish in the corner.

HALF-TIME: Hull FC 28-12 Salford Red Devils

The first points of the second-half went to Salford through Robert Lui who dived over from close range after some early pressure.

But Hull almost hit back immediately. Albert Kelly put in a great kick towards Ratu Naulago in the corner, but the ball was just short of the winger’s arms.

Hull managed the game brilliantly in the second-half, and Sneyd made it a three score game by nailing a drop-goal in the final 15 minutes.

And the Black & Whites sealed the win in style as Ratu Naulago raced down the right edge, showing some incredible pace to touch down under the posts.

Pauli Pauli bagged a second try in the closing stages, which ended on a sour note as Chris Green and Adam Walker were sent to the sin bin, while Josh Griffin was sent off.

Jake Bibby and Niall Evalds both managed tries in the final three minutes to make it a nervy finish at the KCOM Stadium

FULL-TIME: Hull FC 35 - 32 Salford Red Devils

Squads:

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Chris Green, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.

Interchange: Josh Bowden, Dean Hadley, Brad Fash, Andre Savelio.

Salford: Niall Evalds, Ken Sio, Kris Welham, Krisnan Inu, Jake Bibby, Robert Lui, Jackson Hastings, Daniel Murray, Joey Lussick, Gil Dudson, Josh Jones, George Griffin, Greg Burke.

Interchange: Adam Walker, Tyrone McCarthy, Logan Tomkins, Pauli Pauli.

Scorers:

Hull FC Tries: Kelly (8, 23), Connor (11), Minichiello (14), Shaul (35), Naulago (68)

Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (5/7)

Hull FC Drop-Goals: Sneyd (65)

Salford Tries: Pauli (18, 71), Bibby (28, 76), Lui (43), Evalds (78)

Salford Goals: Inu (4/6)

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