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HULL FC 58-10 WIDNES VIKINGS
By | 18/03/2012
Four tries from Danny Tickle were the highlight at the KC Stadium this afternoon, as Hull FC made the most of perfect conditions to romp to a 58-10 victory over Widnes Vikings.
The second rower notched 34 points during a dominant Hull display, while Willie Manu and Andy Lynch added to his three first half tries with scores of their own.
Hull continued their dominance in the second half with tries for Richard Whiting, Sam Moa and a second for Manu, Tom Briscoe also getting in on the act before opposite number Paddy Flynn replied for the Vikings with two late scores.
With Mark O’Meley and Kirk Yeaman dropping out of the side that beat St Helens last week due to suspension and injury respectively, coach Peter Gentle handed Jordan Turner his first start of the season in the left centre, while young prop Josh Bowden took his place on the bench for just his second Super League appearance.
Martin Aspinwall won his battle against a shoulder injury to start in the loose forward position, Richard Whiting dropping to the bench, while Widnes arrived with an unchanged line-up from the which beat Wigan 37-36 last weekend.
The Black and Whites started the game brightly, marching downfield from the kick-off with a Turner break, while the Vikings also showed a willingness to spread the ball in their early sets.
However, the visitors were powerless to prevent Hull opening the scoring, Brett Seymour putting Wade McKinnon away down the right with a well-timed pass and the full back made no mistake in sending in the supporting Danny Tickle to the left of the posts.
The second rower duly converted his own score to open up a 6-0 lead with as many minutes on the clock and Tickle was called into action once more 12 minutes into the game to add the extras to a Willie Manu try.
It all started with a repeat set forced by a clever Richard Horne kick on the blindside and two tackles later, Seymour’s beautiful delayed pass sent the Tongan international over under the posts following build-up work from captain Andy Lynch.
And Lynch scored his first Super League try for the Black and Whites moments later as Hull continued to make the most of their dominance. Once again, it came from close range as the close season signing showed good footwork and too much strength for Widnes’ defence.
Tickle made no mistake from 10m to the left of the posts and he added his second try of the game during Hull’s next opportunity on the Widnes line. Hull looked to have done in enough on the previous play as Tony Martin stepped back inside only to be held up just short, but with another intricate set play on the blindside, Tickle found himself one-on-one with the Widnes winger and he proved too powerful as he crashed over.
And in a stunning first half performance from him, Tickle barged his way over to the right of the posts for his hat-trick try after 28 minutes. Missing only his difficult touchline conversion, Hull led 28-0 at this stage, Tickle scoring 20 of Hull’s points.
That was the way it remained at the break as Widnes rallied, although the visitors couldn’t find a way through the Hull defence.
Hull continued where they had left off after the break, however, Manu grabbing his second try of the game by taking a Danny Houghton pass to waltz over underneath the posts.
Richard Whiting was next to cross for Hull FC, a Seymour pass on the blindside creating space for Sharp, whose tap back inside gave the substitute, now playing at centre, the space to cross.
Sam Moa then barged his way over the whitewash from close range before Tickle crossed for his fourth of the afternoon, this time supporting a Richard Whiting break.
With Tickle converting all four second half tries, the Black and Whites led 52-0 with 17 minutes of the second half gone.
They duly extended that lead further when Tom Briscoe supported a McKinnon break, Jamie Ellis, now playing in the halves, showing good presence of mind to be the link man between the two.
Tickle was on target once more to make the scores 58-0, before Widnes got on the scoresheet with two late Paddy Flynn tries.
Hull FC: McKinnon, Sharp, Martin, Turner, Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, Moa, Houghton, Lynch, Manu, Tickle, Aspinwall.
Subs: Whiting, O’Carroll, Ellis, Bowden
Tries: Tickle (4), Manu (2), Lynch, Whiting, Briscoe
Goals: Tickle (8/9)
Widnes Vikings: Briscoe, Flynn, Marsh, Phelps, Isa, Craven, O’Brien, Pickersgill, Clarke, Davies, Winterstein, Allen, Cahill.
Subs: White, Kite, Finnigan, Mullally
Tries: Flynn (2)
Goals: O’Brien (1/2)
Referee: P Bentham