Official Match Report
St Helens took full advantage of Wigan Warriors’s slip-up to move eight points clear at the top of Betfred Super League following a hard-fought victory at Hull FC.
The Warriors fell to a 20-12 defeat at in-form Huddersfield Giants on Thursday evening and Justin Holbrook’s men took the opportunity to extend their lead at the summit with a 34-18 win at the KCOM Stadium.
Full time sees Saints go 8 clear at the top of the table with a 34-18 win over Hull FC. Barba and Lomax with a brace whilst Thommo scores a scorcher! Thanks to the fans that made the journey over tonight. pic.twitter.com/buOSURCRE6— St.Helens R.F.C. (@Saints1890) 13 July 2018
Bureta Faraimo put Hull ahead with the opening set but the league leaders worked their way back into the match through Tommy Makinson and Ben Barba to move 10-8 ahead at the break, despite the home winger’s second score.
The Black and Whites regained the lead when Jansin Turgut and Albert Kelly crossed to move Hull 18-10 but Saints came roaring back with 24 unanswered points as Jonny Lomax (two), Barba, Adam Swift and Luke Thompson all scored to seal a great comeback victory.
A brace from Bureta Faraimo wasn't enough for the Black & Whites as league leaders St Helens fought back in a strong second-half performance to claim their 12th victory in a row.— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) 13 July 2018
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Defeat leaves Hull’s top-four ambitions in doubt as they slipped seven points behind fourth-placed Castleford (If Cas win tonight**) ahead of the Super 8’s next month.
Hull head coach Lee Radford said: “I’m proud of the energy we put into the game for 60 minutes but we ran out of petrol in the end. There are three or four players who really need a rest but there’s nothing we can do about it with the injury situation. They’re making errors because of their fatigue.
Lee Radford says his players ultimately ran out of steam against St Helens this evening but fought hard for 60 minutes in the contest.— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) 13 July 2018
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“We got out of the blocks in the first-half really well, and the second-half in fact, but we have to show more resilience. It became too easy for Saints when we were faced with a little bit of adversity.”
St Helens boss Justin Holbrook said: "We were in a tough spot for a bit there but we managed to get some opportunities and when we did, we were good enough to take them. It was great to watch.
“We didn’t play our best in the first half but still good enough to lead, which was a real positive out of the half. Hull came out and played really well so I’m really pleased with that win. We have a tough game next week but looking forward to that one."
|1||try||Try scored for Hull by Bureta Faraimo||4-0|
|16||try||Try scored for St Helens by Tommy Makinson||4-4|
|28||try||Try scored for St Helens by Ben Barba||4-8|
|29||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson||4-10|
|37||try||Try scored for Hull by Bureta Faraimo||8-10|
|50||try||Try scored for Hull by Jansin Turgut||12-10|
|52||try||Try scored for Hull by Albert Kelly||16-10|
|53||goal||Goal scored for Hull by Hakim Miloudi||18-10|
|56||try||Try scored for St Helens by Ben Barba||18-14|
|59||try||Try scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax||18-18|
|60||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson||18-20|
|66||try||Try scored for St Helens by Jonny Lomax||18-24|
|67||goal||Goal scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson||18-26|
|71||try||Try scored for St Helens by Adam Swift||18-30|
|77||try||Try scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson||18-34|