Match Report: Hull FC 12-40 St Helens
Hull FC went down 12-40 to a dominant St Helens outfit at the KCOM Stadium on Friday evening.
The league leaders ran in seven scores to down the hosts and strengthen their spot at the summit of the Betfred Super League table.
Hull managed two late scores courtesy of Jamie Shaul and Ratu Naulago.
Hull FC were boosted by the return of veteran forward Gareth Ellis who had been out of action since the Easter weekend with an Achilles injury.
Meanwhile, Albert Kelly also returned after missing last week’s derby game.
Chris Green and Andre Savelio dropped out of the side.
Saints took an early lead after six minutes with back-rower Morgan Knowles darting over from close range, as Coote slotted over the goal.
The visitors doubled their early lead with a second try in the opening ten minutes, this time from Theo Fages. Naulago couldn’t take a high ball close to the in-goal, and the half dove on the ball to clean up.
It could have been a third for Justin Holbrook’s side had it not been for a huge tackle from Ratu Naulago on Regan Grace, sending him into touch in the corner.
St Helens did though get their third try despite Hull gaining a foothold in the match. Marc Sneyd looked to have cleaned up a Tommy Makinson grubber into the in-goal area, but spilled the ball and Kevin Naiqama was there to finish. Coote kicked a third.
Hull were dealt a blow before the break as Gareth Ellis was withdrawn for a concussion assessment.
HALF-TIME: Hull FC 0-18 St Helens
FC looked to put some early pressure on the Saints line as Albert Kelly looked to attack under the posts, but he couldn’t maintain possession.
Saints his Hull with their fourth score as Regan Grace broke away and finished a move for the visitors down the left edge.
The league leaders grabbed their fifth score of the game when Jack Ashworth went over unopposed under the posts, and a sixth not long after when Jonny Lomax raced away down the left edge.
Lachlan Coote added to his goal tally with his own score before the hour mark.
Hull did hit back late in the game though to add some points to the board, as both Jamie Shaul and Ratu Naulago managed to get over for tries for some personal delight.
FULL-TIME: Hull FC 12-40 St Helens
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Mark Minichiello, Sika Manu, Joe Westerman.
Interchange: Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Bowden, Brad Fash, Gareth Ellis.
St Helens: Lachlan Coote, Thomas Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Mark Percival, Regan Grave, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Bentley, Luke Thompson, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles, Louie McCarthy Scarsbrook.
Interchange: Joseph Paulo, Kyle Amor, Matty Lees, Jack Ashworth.
Hull FC Tries: Shaul (66), Naulago (69)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (2/2)
St Helens Tries: Knowles (6), Fages (8), Naiqama (20), Grace (46), Ashworth (50), Lomax (53), Coote (57)
St Helens Goals: Coote (6/7)