22nd July 2018, 17:23 | super_league
Wakefield Trinity ran riot against a shell-shocked Hull FC to gain a record 72-10 victory and ensure a top-eight finish in Betfred Super League.
It also means a bottom-four placing for reigning champions Leeds Rhinos, who will have to fight for their survival in the Super 8s Qualifiers for the second time in three years.
Chris Chester’s men ran in 12 tries and Ryan Hampshire kicked 12 goals from 13 attempts as Trinity registered their highest score in Super League history.
It was also Hull’s biggest-ever Super League defeat, eclipsing their 64-10 hammering by St Helens in 2002, and effectively ended their top-four hopes after a third successive defeat.
Jacob Miller, Pauli Pauli, Reece Lyne and Ben Jones-Bishop scored doubles for Wakefield, while Tom Johnstone, David Fifita, James Batchelor and Max Jowitt also crossed.
Hull responded late on through Liam Harris and Bureta Faraimo.
Hull coach Lee Radford said: “What could have gone wrong went wrong. We got the opposite of what we asked for and I take full responsibility for that defeat. I’m disappointed with myself. I apologise wholeheartedly to the fans and promise that we will work hard on putting some pride back in the badge on Friday night.
“We rolled the dice with four, perhaps five players, in terms of fitness and clearly you could see they were not quite ready to come back and compete at that level."
Wakefield coach Chris Chester said: “We always felt comfortable coming into this game but certainly didn’t expect that scoreline. It was beyond my wildest expectations.
“I thought everybody was fantastic and it was probably the best I’ve seen Reece Lyne play. He looked like a future international and caused Hull problems on that left edge.”