Saints Confirm 1st With Impressive Win At Hull


St. Helens really showed their character in this hard fought victory  after fighting back strongly from an eight point deficit in the second half to claim a remarkable victory.

This win takes St. Helens eight points clear at the top of super league and they must be clear favourites for a grand final appearance . 

Wing sensation Bureta Faraimo opened the scoring however when he received a well handled ball from his centre Jake Connor after a superb back line passing sequence. Faraimo is rapidly becoming the form winger of super league and this try was a sensational effort.

St. Helens responded quickly with a superb passing movement between Lomax and Barba putting Makinson through a tiny gap for him to outpace a bewildered hull defence for another superbly worked try.

It took a further ten for the magnificent Barba to find a gap at speed at take the four points with Richardson converting to give saints a 10-4 lead.

Hull hit back with another classic Faraimo try in the corner after he took a difficult ball from a Kelly pass to score at high speed with the score remaining at 8-10 to saints until half time .

With a substantial injury list, Hull defied pre match forecasts by taking control of the second half . firstly Jansin Turgut took a wonderful Albert Kelly pass for a further four points.

Kelly produced his own display of brilliance two minutes later when he waltzed through a saints defence with some magical stepping to score under the sticks , with Miloudi converting to take an 18-10 lead.

That however is where the magic ended for hull and saints showed what a class outfit they are by scoring 24 unanswered points before the final whistle .

First Ben Barba seemed to float through the hull defence in slow motion on 56 minutes and then Lomax went over for a close range try against some poor defence. With the conversion saints had taken a two point lead at 20-18 and were clearly dominant .

A superb individual try by Johnny Lomax on 66 minutes saw him dummying his way through the hull defensive line for a wonderful opportunist score with Richardson converting.

A dropped ball centre field saw saints move the ball wide to Swift and the winger showed a clean pair of heals to score a great try

The final try was a 40 meter dash by young forward Luke Thompson who took a short Lomax pass to power his way through the hull defensive line.

This was a fantastic second half performance by St. Helens and coach Justin Holbrook will be more than pleased with the style and skill of this victory . For Hull, they performed well as times but simply did not have enough fire power in the forward pack and were disappointing defensively in the second half .



Hull FC:
28. Hakim Miloudi; 2. Bureta Faraimo, 14. Jake Connor, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 24. Jack Logan; 6. Albert Kelly, 16. Jordan Abdul; 15. Chris Green, 9. Danny Houghton, 8. Scott Taylor, 25. Jansin Turgut, 12. Mark Minichiello, 11. Dean Hadley.
Subs: 23. Mickey Paea, 26. Jordan Lane, 27. Jack Downs, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo.

Saints:
23. Ben Barba; 5. Adam Swift, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 19. Regan Grace; 1. Jonny Lomax, 18. Danny Richardson; 10. Kyle Amor, 9. James Roby, 16. Luke Thompson, 17. Dom Peyroux, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin.
Subs: 6. Theo Fages, 13. Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles.

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