Hull FC v Saints
A try and three goals from Mark Percival wasn’t enough as Saints went down 24-14 at Hull on Friday night.
A much improved performance saw Saints lead 8-6 at the break and 14-10 deep into the second half, before a controversial penalty after a Carlos Tuimavave try saw the hosts home.
After bemoaning their starts over the last couple of games, Keiron Cunningham would have been happy with his side’s first half showing.
They started brightly, pushing their hosts back on their own line in succession – but 12 minutes in Albert Kelly broke the deadlock.
A penalty in midfield handed Hull the impetus before the stand off picked a gap and squeezed the ball down.
Undeterred, Saints continued to press home their territorial advantage and finally took one of their chances when Hull misfielded a Theo Fages’ chip on the last.
The ball took a ricochet and landed into the hands of Dominique Peyroux who made no mistake.
Percival levelling it up with the boot.
Saints weathered three back to back penalties at the half hour mark with some great scrambling defence, and then went ahead via the boot of Percival after Danny Houghton was penalised for interference.
That’s how it stayed until half time until the penalty pendulum swung the home side’s way.
Saints began the second half in a positive fashion but gave Marc Sneyd the chance to knock over a penalty four minutes in and he made no mistake.
And back to back penalties handed him another in the 53rd minute to give Hull the lead.
Saints fashioned some pressure when Jon Wilkin’s kick, and Adam Swift’s chase, forced Hull to knock it into touch.
But they couldn’t make it pay and the chance was lost on the next set.
Then came a crucial moment.
Saints were on the front foot when Alex Walmsley drove the ball in at the hour mark.
As he fell to the ground Jansin Turgut inexplicably elbowed him in the face and received 10 minutes for his troubles.
Percival kicked the resultant penalty and then scored in the corner on Saints’ very next move.
The ball was swept left and Zeb Taia laid it on a plate for his centre.
Saints were on top but a simple error let Hull back into it.
The visitors lost the ball on their own line and within a blink of an eye Carlos Tuimavave had ghosted through the defence.
Sneyd kicked the conversion, and then gained another two pointer in front of the posts as Alex Walmsley was deemed to have slid in to the centre as he scored.
Saints almost drew level at the death as the ball was pinged from side to side but Scott Taylor’s break and pass to Albert Kelly gave the scoreline a harsh look.
Tries: Kelly (2), Tuimavave
Goals: Sneyd (6 from 6)
Tries: Peyroux, Percvial
Goals: Percival (3 from 4)
Hull FC: 12
Saints Line up
Hull FC Line up
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Saints out on their feet after nearly drawing level – Kelly takes a pass and goes under the sticks.
Smart kick from Houghton, Saints will have to come a long way now.
Saints attack, ball goes into touch. Looks like Saints ball but it goes the other way.
Saints battling but not making the clear cut chances.
Penalty goal after the try
Sweeping move. Walmlsey gets collared for sliding in too
Ryan Morgan gets the ball dead and Saints will have to drop out.
Swift coughs up the ball on a simple high take. Saints right under pressure on their own line.
Saints force drop out
Sweeping move sees Percy over in the corner!
Elbows Walmsley on the floor.
Saints penalty… a rarity today!
Saints overplay again and lose the ball
Lovely kick from Wilko and then Swift’s chase forces Hull to knock it into touch
Another penalty to Hull as Peyroux comes through on Sneyd.
Another penalty to Hull
Ball to ground again.
Great D from Saints again and a fantastic take in the air from Percy. Saints win a penalty
Lively move from Saints as the offloads come in – but they lose the ball on the right hand side.
Typers nightmare – Saints lose the ball in prime position and then give a penalty away.
Good early signs for Saints in this half.
Hull will get the second half underway
Saints lead 8-6 at half time
Zeb loses the ball as Saints threaten.
Great D from the Saints!
Three high shots in a row and Saints are on a warning…
Penalty to Hull, and another, after repeat high shots.
And then they knock on
Scrappy period here, Saints completing their sets and that is making a big difference.
Roby with a 40:20
Deserved try for Saints… Dom Peyroux crosses after Hull misfield a Fages’ kick
Saints come away with the ball.
Sneyd wins Hull a drop out.
Penalty heads Hull’s way – big set for Saints who are right on their own line.
Saints get the ball back straightaway but lose it on the last – Taia guilty this time.
Saints ping the ball wide but Percy loses it in the tackle.
Not the best last tackle option for Saints there, Hull coming away from their own 40.
Strong opening for Saints, but Hull strike first through Albert Kelly who throws a dummy and slides over.
Another early chance for Saints – they have had the better of the opening stages here.
Penalty to Saints
Promising stuff from Saints here. Have Hull right on their line.
Opening for Percival on the left hand side – Hull quell the danger.
Good D from the lads there.
Repeat set for Hull – and Saints win the ball back straight away
Hull have a penalty
Good opening defensive set for Saints – and they are on the attack.
Saints get this one underway – away fans in fine voice!