Match Report: Hull FC 35-22 London Broncos

Hull FC scored six first-half tries as they returned to winning ways with a 35-22 victory over London Broncos at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull FC scored six first-half tries as they returned to winning ways with a 35-22 victory over London Broncos at the KCOM Stadium.

The Black and Whites raced out of the blocks, crossing the whitewash four times in the opening 20 minutes to all but put the game beyond the Broncos’ reach.

Having added a further two tries before the break, FC failed to find their feet in the second half, but had enough points on the board to record their first win in three and restore a six-point gap to Castleford Tigers in fourth.

Team News

Hull FC made just one change to the side that started last week’s defeat to St. Helens, with Albert Kelly’s hamstring injury forcing Lee Radford into a re-shuffle in his backline.

Carlos Tuimavave was the man who replaced Kelly in the starting line-up, slotting into his more natural position at centre allowing Jake Connor to move into the halves to partner Marc Sneyd.

Andre Savelio was also ruled out with a foot injury, while Dean Hadley started on the interchange bench ahead of Gareth Ellis, who took a nasty blow to the face last week.

The Match

Undeterred by his switch to stand-off, it took Connor less than five minutes to create the opening try of the game, causing havoc in the Broncos’ backfield with a high, hanging kick, from which Tuimavave pounced to score under the posts.

Sneyd made no mistake with the extras and was on target once again moments later, adding another two points from the touchline after Bureta Faraimo had powered his way over in the corner.

FC’s first-half supremacy showed no signs of letting up either, as Joe Westerman sidestepped his way over before Connor took a return pass from Sika Manu to score the fourth try of the opening quarter.

Sneyd continued his perfect record with the boot, and soon had the opportunity to kick his 500th goal for the club when Josh Griffin crossed following a powerful run from Faraimo.

The usually-reliable scrum-half was this time off target from the tee, but didn’t have to wait long to bring up the milestone.

The moment came just three minutes before the break, following a period of resolute defence from the home side.

Having seen off repeat sets close to their own line, FC were rewarded for their resilience through Ratu Naulago, who showed a clean pair of heels to race 90 metres under the posts having intercepted a loose pass.

HALF-TIME: Hull FC 34-0 London Broncos

Following a hotly-contested mascot race at half-time - conducted in a spirit that epitomised Hull&Proud Week - the players began the second period with rain starting to fall.

And it was the Broncos who reacted the better to the change in conditions, opening their account through a Matty Flemming try, converted by Kieran Dixon.

With the damp conditions showing no signs of easing up - despite the bright skies above - FC were forced into more defensive work close to their own line.

But just as they had in the build-up to half-time, the Black and Whites snuffed out any further danger as the game approached the hour mark.

The conditions continued to play their part, though, and with that came the occasional recurrence of the handling errors that plagued last week’s defeat.

Former FC player Jordan Abdull and powerful forward Sadiq Adebiyi both crossed for the Broncos, who looked to mount a late comeback.

But those tries proved to be mere consolations, as Sneyd’s drop goal and an extraordinary try-saver from Tuimavave helped round out a resounding win.

FULL-TIME: Hull FC 35-22 London Broncos


Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Ratu Naulago, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd; Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Joe Westerman

Interchange: Josh Bowden, Brad Fash, Chris Green, Dean Hadley

London Broncos: Kieran Dixon, Elliott Kear, Ben Hellewell, Matty Fleming, Rhys Williams, James Cunningham, Matty Fozard; Eddie Battye, Sam Davis, Matthew Gee, Jay Pitts, Sadiq Adebiyi, Luke Yates

Interchange: Mark Ioane, Jordan Abdull, Daniel Hindmarsh, Robert Butler

Attendance: 11,401

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