Vikings Push Hull Close


According to the form book this game was a sure fire certainty for hull F.C, yet coach Lee Radford seemed relieved with the win at the end of this competitive encounter . Describing it as a "big win" there was no doubting the relief in Radford s voice .Hull's internationals Jake Connor and Scott Taylor had a significant impact alongside veteran Aussie Mark Minichiello .
Connor was in fact named man of the match in a mature and stylish performance.

Hull took an early lead when the mercurial Albert Kelly followed up on a hanging kick from Liam Harris, which Patrick Ah Van failed to secure .Hull coach Radford was determined to target Ah Van after mistake ridden performances recently and Connor added the two .

Hull seemed very much in the ascendancy in the next few minutes when exciting American international, Bureta Faraimo, forced a vikings error before making ground only to eventually fluke a pass to a supporting Minichiello .

After twenty minutes impressive young winger Hakim Miloudi stepped inside a floundering Vikings defence to take a ten to zero lead for the home team .Connor missed the conversation

A jay chapplehow score after a mistake by Manu was wiped out due to obstruction, but shortly after the dynamic Liam Harris , a recent signing from Doncaster, again showed his undoubted pedigree with a break and run straight from the scrum to take a 16- 0 lead . This may well have seen the Vikings crumble but instead a rally saw tries from Charley Runciman and Young academy winger Owen Buckley both converted by Krisnan Inu to give Widnes a real opportunity at 16-12 half time score .

The Vikings were very much on the front foot in the early stages of the 2nd half with a Sam Wilde try and an Inu penalty goal, but this was quickly wiped out by a piece of Jake Connor brilliance when he took the ball deep after a Craven high kick before putting away former junior kiwi Carlos Tuimavave for a stunning try .

Connor added the two but widnes were still very much in this game

Winger Patrick Ah Van, however, made two further errors to put pressure on his team mates but some strong defensive discipline from this widnes team belied their position at the bottom of the table .

After a sustained period in the Hull F.C. quarter, for a few minutes at least, this game could have gone either way. Some clever play and positional kicking by the classy Danny Walker forced Hull into a goal like drop out and after Rovers  bound Weller Hauraki was held up over the line Jay Chapplehow used his trade mark spin in the defensive line and his power and skill took him over the line . It’s not especially easy to stop a 6 foot 5 inch prop forward that determined to get on the score sheet 
On the 60 minute mark Jake Connor , paying the Vikings great respect took the two points and the score at 24 each  was too close to call at that point .With just twelve minutes to go Connor took the point and hull nosed ahead at 25-24 with both teams firing in all cylinders .

Soon after and with the Vikings defending strongly hull sealed the win with a superb Faraimo score after a brilliant cut out pass from Albert Kelly . Faraimo has proven himself to be a very able replacement for Mahe Fonoa recently and with the Connor conversion hull held on by seven points against a very determined Vikings team .

Despite the loss coach Francis Cummins would have been pleased with the performance and the Vikings remain a very competent team for the middle eights and hull are starting to threaten for a top four finish .


Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor, Carlos Tuimavave, Hakim Miloudi, Albert Kelly, Liam Harris, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Micky Paea, Sika Manu, Mark Minicheillo, Dean Hadley. Subs: Danny Washbrook, Brad Fash, Jack Logan, Masi Matongo.
Tries: Kelly (5), Miloudi (20), Harris (27), Tuimavave (47), Faraimo (72) Goals: Connor 5/6 Field goal: Connor (68)
Widnes Vikings: Rhys Hanbury, Patrick Ah Van, Charly Runciman, Krisnan Inu, Owen Buckley, Joe Mellor, Danny Craven, James Chapelhow, Aaron Heremaia, Gil Dudson, Sam Wilde, Weller Hauraki, Tom Olbison. Subs:MacGraff Leuluai, Matt Whitley, Danny Walker, Alex Gerrard.
Tries: Runciman (34), Buckley (39), Wilde (45), Chapelhow (56)  Goals: Inu 4/4

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