Hull FC Reserves ran in ten tries to defeat Salford Red Devils Reserves 52-6 at the Salford Stadium this afternoon.
Having hit the 50-point mark in their last outing against Newcastle Thunder Reserves, the Black & Whites repeated the feat with another convincing win in Greater Manchester.
With Hull 26-0 up at half-time through a trio of tries from a trialist, and scores from Manoa Wacokecoke and Jamie Shaul, Salford got over early in the second-half through Alex Davidson to keep themselves in the contest.
But the visitors disappeared over the horizon with some well executed plays and tidy shape as Lewis Martin, Logan Moy, Jude Ferreira and Matty Laidlaw crossed the whitewash, as well as trialist Clark Wells.
Despite failing to complete any of their first five sets in the match, Hull took control of the contest and opened their account for the afternoon seventeen minutes in. Shaul made a half-break and offloaded from the floor before a tackle was completed, allowing Mackenzie Harman to fire a cutout ball to winger Wacokecoke to score in the corner.
One try quickly became two for FC. In the first set after the restart, Andre Savelio poked his head through a gap and managed to supply Shaul with a one-handed offload as the fullback straightened up the angle for Harman to make it 10-0 from the kicking tee.
In their flow, Hull applied more pressure, which yielded more points. Just after the 20-minute mark, the ball was ferried out wide and the trialist Wells strolled in at the corner.
Despite Salford managing to arrest the slide, they found themselves huddled beneath their posts for a fourth time on the half-hour mark after some individual class from Savelio. The back-rower delicately kicked through for himself, re-gathered the ball and flicked a pass out of the back door to Joe Lovodua, who unselfishly supplied Wells for his second try.
Savelio’s confidence grew as the half went on, and his fingerprints were all over Hull’s fifth try on the stroke of half-time. His offload sent the trialist in for his hat-trick try underneath the sticks, with the Black & Whites’ tails well and truly up at the interval.
HALF-TIME: Red Devils Reserves 0-26 Hull Reserves
Much to Salford’s credit, their collectiveness never waned throughout the match and they were particularly energised early in the second-half when Harman’s kick-off drifted out on the full. From the resulting set, Davidson profited from an offload under the sticks, picking up the loose ball and diving over.
But that was about as good as the Red Devils’ afternoon got, with Hull coming up trumps in defence on a number of occasions throughout the second-half as the edges connected and communicated efficiently.
Just over ten minutes into the second-half, FC were back in the driving seat and Shaul’s smart, delayed pass enabled Wells to burrow over from close range.
Within the blink of an eye, the Black & Whites had their seventh try of the afternoon. Ferreira’s break down the left wing was brought to a halt, but Martin took advantage of the markers being left for dead by a quick play-the-ball and the winger weaved through a disjointed line to score under the posts.
Having impressed with two tries for Hull’s Academy away to Leeds last week, Moy added another try to his highlights reel in similar fashion. Trademark tricky feet close to the try-line proved too much for some tiring Salford middles to deal with, and the livewire picked his moment to dart through and dot down.
Although young half Sully Medforth didn’t quite execute all of his plays at the Salford Stadium, he did still have a very effective game. His ball-running play caused the Red Devils all kinds of problems, and his break down the left channel saw Ferreira push up in support and collect the simplest of passes to score in the left corner.
Medforth then assisted powerful prop Laidlaw for a late try with a sumptuous flat pass underneath the posts from ten metres out, capping off a comprehensive victory for the Black & Whites.
FULL-TIME: Red Devils Reserves 6-52 Hull Reserves
Squads & Scorers
Hull: Shaul, Wacokecoke, Wells, Stewart, Martin, Medforth, Harman, Gardiner, Hodgson, Laidlaw, Jebson, Savelio, Lovodua
Hull Interchanges: Bursell, Ferreira, Moy, Thompson
Hull Tries: Wacokecoke, Shaul, Wells (4), Martin, Moy, Ferreira, Laidlaw
Hull Goals: Harman (6/10)
Red Devils: Connell, Egan, Charnock, Coope-Franklin, Walkley, Rudd, Stevens, Brown, Yates, Haynes, Phillips, Unsworth, Davies
Red Devils Interchanges: Davidson, Gilligan, Glover, Lee
Red Devils Tries: Davidson
Red Devils Goals: Stevens (1/1)