Match Report: Wakefield Trinity 16-26 Hull FC
Hull FC put in an impressive defensive performance to continue their strong away form in 2019, defeating Wakefield 26-16 at the Mobile Rocket Stadium.
Despite going behind in the opening ten minutes, Hull hit back with four tries in just 12 minutes mid-way through the half to take control of the contest.
Trinity battled hard to regain a foothold in the contest after the break, but Ratu Naulago’s long distance effort put FC out of sight as they regained third spot in the Betfred Super League table and went level on points with Warrington.
Jack Brown came into the squad to make only his second competitive appearance for the Black & Whites after making his club debut against Catalans earlier this season. He started on the bench.
Danny Washbrook was also called up into the first-team squad.
Hull remained without first-teamers Albert Kelly (rib), Mickey Paea (shoulder), Joe Westerman (illness) Sika Manu (calf), and Andre Savelio (foot).
Wakefield opened the scoring after an error-strewn opening ten minutes. Full-back Hampshire took the ball as first-receiver at the scrum, hit a gap in the FC defence and ran forty metres to touch down under the posts. Brough converted.
Hull hit back before the 20 minute though, with Bureta Faraimo getting his name on the score-sheet. Marc Sneyd’s grubber bounced off the post and into the arms of Jake Connor who unselfishly offloaded to the winger to touch down unopposed. Sneyd leveled the scores with the boot.
FC took the lead in spectacular fashion just six minutes later thanks to an intercepetion effort from Carlos Tuimavave. The centre collected a stray pass on Wakefield’s 30 metre line, and the centre had the pace to beat Randell to the line and score.
Just two minutes later and Marc Sneyd had a try of his own showing some fantastic footwork to dance his way over the line. Making the most of his second 40/20 of the match, he danced past three Wakefield men, Sneyd showed some great skill and ability to touch down, before slotting over the goal.
The Airlie Birds went further ahead with their fourth score of the half, and their third in just six minutes. A break down the right edge saw Connor flip the ball to Ratu Naulago on the edge, who had the electric pace to score in the corner.
HALF-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 6-20 Hull FC
FC opened the scoring in the second-half, with Ratu Naulago racing away for a trademark breakaway effort from his own half to extend their lead.
However, Trinity did hit back through former Black & White Joe Arundell who crossed just before the hour mark.
Wakefield closed the gap in the closing stages through Jacob Miller, who got on the end of Ryan Hampshire’s grubber kick inside. Brough reduced the gap to 10 points.
FULL-TIME: Wakefield Trinity 16-26 Hull FC
Wakefield: Ryan Hampshire, Ben Jones-Bishop, Reece Lyne, Bill Tupou, Morgan Escare, Jacob Miller, Danny Brough, Kelepi Tanginoa, Kyle Wood, Craig Kopczak, Danny Kirmond, Joe Arundel, James Batchelor.
Interchange: Tyler Randell, David Fifita, Adam Tangata, Chris Annakin.
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Josh Bowden, Jordan Lane, Mark Minichiello, Gareth Ellis.
Interchange: Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Danny Washbrook, Jack Brown.
Wakefield Tries: Hampshire (10), Arundell (52), Miller (72)
Wakefield Goals: Brough (2/3)
Hull FC Tries: Faraimo (18), Tuimavave (24), Sneyd (26), Naulago (30, 51)
Hull FC Goals: Sneyd (3/6)