Hull Assert Dominance Over Struggling Widnes

The Black and White's put in a very strong second half performance after a slow first 40 minutes to claim their 6th win of the season to move up into 5th on the Super League ladder, at the other end of the spectrum, Widnes sit in 9th but could fall further with the teams around them yet to play their fixtures.

Widnes started the game well, on their first attacking set forcing a drop out after Mellor put a tricky grubber into the in goal area, Shaul forced to put the ball down behind his own sticks. Widnes would throw everything at the Hull line but it refused to budge.

Hull would find themselves in good field position on the 8 minute mark as Widnes would give away the first penalty of the game, Chris Houston interfering with the play ball, from there the Jake Connor would find Danny Washbrook in space out wide as the Hull forward strode down the touchline and in for the games opening try, Sneyd converting to give Hull a 6-0 lead after just 10 minutes.

From the kick off Chris Houston would concede his second penalty in a row, this time a high tackle on Scott Taylor, Widnes inviting pressure onto themselves as Sneyd's kick to touch put Hull on Widnes' 40 metre line.

From there the Black and White's would grab their second of the game, Albert Kelly hanging a high teasing kick into the corner for Bureta Faraimo to claim, as he looked for the offload he decided to back himself and wrestled his way over the line to score, Sneyd adding the extras to give Hull a 12-0 lead after 14 minutes.

Widnes got the ball back after a Mellor kick was charged down by Houghton, a mad panic ensued of players trying to grab the ball but unfortunately Downs would lose possession and put Widnes back in striking distance. From the resulting possession Widnes would send it out wide through the hand for Sam Wilde to put Widnes right back in the game, Tom Gilmore adding the extras from out wide to close the gap to 6 points with 22 minutes gone.
Widnes were almost punished for another penalty, Danny Washbrook running hard and straight before offloading to Jake Connor, the FC centre just unable to gather the pass on his way over the line.

The first half would end with Sneyd running Mellor off the ball and giving Widnes a chance to register more points on the halftime siren, Gilmore kicking to goal to send the two sides into the sheds seperated by just 4 points at 12-8.

Widnes would start the second half the way they started the first, an intelligent kick forcing a goal line drop out, once more Widnes unable to come away with points, Hull however, would regain possession as Jamie Shaul raced 100 metres to register the first points of the second half, or so it would seem until the video referee deemed there had been a knock on in the build up and chalked off the try.

Just three minutes after Hull had their try disallowed, Tom Olbison would cross for the Vikings', getting on the end of a quick play the ball close to the Hull FC before powering his way over the line to put Widnes on level terms with a kick to come, Gilmore on the mark to give Widnes the lead for the first time in the game.

The Widnes lead would be short lived, lasting 2 minutes before Danny Houghton would put Masi Matongo through a hole to give him his first ever Super League try, Sneyd adding the extras to push Hull out to an 18-14 lead after 56 minutes of play.

Hull would go back to back, Josh Griffin exploiting his power and pace, shrugging off Vikings defenders before ghosting past the Widnes fullback to give Hull a commanding lead in this game, Sneyd missing his first kick of the night, Hull now leading 22-14 with 57 minutes played.

It was only a matter of time before Super League's top try scorer would make the scoresheet, claiming a high kick to the wing from Sneyd and getting loose of a would be tackler to ground the ball in the corner, Sneyd missing from the touchline to see Hull carry a 26-14 lead into the last 20 minutes.

Sneyd would opt to take the 1 point on offer, giving Hull a 13 point lead going into the last 10 minutes of the match.

Olbison would grab his second of the game, the Vikings creating space on the side, Gilmore converting from just right of the post, Widnes now behind by just 7 points with 5 minutes on the clock.

The Black and White's would grab two late tries to open the margin out further, Griffin and Shaul the scorers as Hull ran out 39-20 winners.



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