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Tommy Makinson grabbed a first half hat-trick which helped send the Saints into the Betfred Super League Playoffs on the back of a hard working, but impressive 22-6 win over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.

Hull got off to the better start of the two teams putting Saints under early pressure in a must win game for the hosts as they vowed to keep their playoff hopes alive.

But against the run of play, it was Saints who opened the scoring through Makinson as we attacked down the right hand side with Theo Fages linking up with Lachlan Coote and he provided the cut out pass to Makinson who finished in typical flying fashion to give Saints the lead. Coote was unable to add the extras.

Saints extended their lead minutes later with Makinson scoring his second try. An inch perfect kick from Fages to the corner found Makinson in mid air and he collected the ball and touched down. Coote converted brilliantly off the touchline.

Hull responded through Taylor after an offload from Josh Griffin was picked up by Jamie Shaul and he shot through the gap and found an offload to Taylor who crashed over next to the posts. Sneyd added the extras.

The hosts almost levelled the scoring with Sneyd chasing his own kick through, but he was unable to pick up the ball with the line at his mercy and Saints punished them.

Saints went one hundred metres in the next set and the play resulted in James Roby going down the short side finding Coote and he fed Makinson who touched down to complete a first half hat-trick.

Just like the first half the hosts started the half on top having three sets on the Saints line, but as it has all season the Saints defence stood firm before Ratu Naulago was adjudged to have knocked on before he could touch down in the corner.

Saints got the first try of the second half after an excellent break saw Makinson fly through a gap in the Hull defence. On the next tackle Saints attacked the short side with Fages finding Zeb Taia and he fed Mark Percival who stepped back inside the covering defenders and wrestled his way over the line.

Saints wrapped up victory in the final minutes as Coote who had been magnificent all night providing the cut out pass to Grace who scored in the corner.

Match Summary

Hull FC: Shaul, Naulago, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, satae, Ellis, Minichiello, Lane.

Interchanges: Bowden, Connor, Fash, Matongo.

Tries: Taylor (28).

Goals: Sneyd ( 1 from 1).

St Helens: Coote; Makinson, Naiqama, Percival, Grace; Lomax, Fages, Thompson, Roby, Walmsley, Knowles, Peyroux, Taia

Interchanges: Amor, LMS, Bentley, Ashworth.

Tries: Makinson (8,16,35), Percival (64), Grace (77).

Goals: Coote (1 from 4)

Referee: Liam Moore

HT: 6-14

FT: 6-22

ATT: 11,004

Hull FC Line up

1Jamie Shaul
2Bureta Faraimo
3Josh Griffin
4Ratu Naulago
5Carlos Tuimavave
6Albert Kelly
7Marc Sneyd
8Scott Taylor
9Danny Houghton
10Tevita Satae
11Jordan Lane
12Mark Minichiello
13Gareth Ellis
14Masi Matongo
15Josh Bowden
16Brad Fash
17Jake Connor

Last updated 12 Oct 19 19:51:29

FT: ⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-22 Saints 🔴⚪

Makinson’s first half hat-trick did the damage. His three scores were added to by Percival and Grace in the second and Saints come out with an impressive win!

78'

Coooooote, who has been impressive again on the whole tonight, misses the two.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-22 Saints 🔴⚪

77'
Try
Regan Grace for Saints

And we capitalize as Cooooote feeds Grace with a cut-out pass in the corner and that will be that!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-22 Saints 🔴⚪

76'
Yellow Card
Albert Kelly for Hull FC

Kelly loses the ball in a tackle with Bentley before the Hull FC half is sent to the bin for dissent!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-18 Saints 🔴⚪

📸 Percy celebrates his try!

We are into the final 10 minutes here in Yorkshire…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-18 Saints 🔴⚪

68'

Lomax comes to Saints rescue as he pounces on Kelly’s grubber and we will come forward after winning a penalty, but Coote’s pass to Makinson is adjudged to be forward.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-18 Saints 🔴⚪

65'

Coooote narrowly misses the touchline conversion attempt and Hull have the ball back as Jake Connor taps back the short Sneyd kick off…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-18 Saints 🔴⚪

64'
Try
Mark Percival for Saints

That man Makinson is involved again as a lightening break sees the winger break through the Hull line and the resulting play sees Zeb Taia feed Percival and he scores in the corner!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-18 Saints 🔴⚪

📸 It’s a real battle here at the KCOM Stadium!

58'

Hull are pressing and trying to unlock this dogged Saints defence, but we stand firm and Fages wins a penalty as Kelly catches him high…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

54'

At the other end Saints have a chance as Bentley breaks free, but his offload is slightly behind Fages who knocks on.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

52'

Coote’s kick just short of the Hull line is picked up by Sneyd who runs half the length of the field only for Coooote to get back at him and haul him down! It’s a cracking game here!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

50'

Hull win six more again as the pressure builds, but Kelly’s kick over the top but the referee deems the ball had been knocked on by Ratu Naulago before running dead!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

47'

Hull FC come up the other end and win a penalty on the last tackle. They will now have a set of six right on the Saints line as the noise levels go up a notch inside the KCOM Stadium…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

45'

Hull FC break through the Saints line, but Makinson is there to save the Saints in his own half this time, before we go up the other end, but Fages loses the ball before he could touch down!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

43'

Captain, Roby has made way at the break and James Bentley is on in his place…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

41'

It might not be playoff week yet, but this game certainly has the feel of one and I am sure Head Coach Justin Holbrook won’t mind that. Here we go for the second half!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

HT: ⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

A clinical first half from the Saints sees Tommy Makinson grab a hat-trick of tries and we lead at the break despite a Scott Taylor try for Hull in what is an entertaining game!

37'

Saints are nearly in again as Kev Naiqama flies free down the right flank, but his pass to the supporting Lomax is deemed forward…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

36'

Cooote narrowly misses the touchline kick and we are less than five minutes from the break in an end to end game!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

35'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Sucker punch! Saints go down the other end and score as Roby goes down the short side from the ruck and finds Coote who feeds Makinson for his HAT-TRICK!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-14 Saints 🔴⚪

33'

A HUGE chance for Hull goes begging as Sneyd picks up his own grubber and looks like he is going to score, only to fumble on the try line and Saints survive!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-10 Saints 🔴⚪

32'

The Saints think we have scored in the corner after Coote grasps Fages’ kick, but Coote’s offload to Makinson is deemed forward before Hull win the penalty for hands in the ruck.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-10 Saints 🔴⚪

28'
Goal
Marc Sneyd for Hull FC

Sneyd adds the extras from in front of the sticks and Hull are back in it.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-10 Saints 🔴⚪

27'
Try
Scott Taylor for Hull FC

But the resulting set sees Jamie Shaul go through a gap in the Saints defence and offlaods to Scott Taylor who powers his way over from close range.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 4-10 Saints 🔴⚪

25'

Albert Kelly intercepts a Saints attack, but the reliable Morgan Knowles is there to put in a try saving cover tackle!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-10 Saints 🔴⚪

17'
Goal
Lachlan Coote for Saints

Coooooote nails the touchline conversion this time!!!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-10 Saints 🔴⚪

16'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

WOW! Makinson again! The ball finds Fages and he kicks over the top to the far right corner and it is inch perfect for Tommy to grab the ball and touch down in the corner. What a try that is!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-8 Saints 🔴⚪

15'

Hull FC win get the ball back from the restart after Taia knocks on, but great positioning from Coote means our full back is in the right place to sniff out the Hull attack…

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-4 Saints 🔴⚪

11'

Cooote misses the touchline conversion attempt, but the Saints have weathered the early Hull pressure to lead here in Yorkshire!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-4 Saints 🔴⚪

10'
Try
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Absolutely CLINICAL! The ball is swung from the left through the hands of Fages, Lomax and Coote who fires a cut-out pass to Makinson and he flies over in typical Tommy fashion! What a finish!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-4 Saints 🔴⚪

8'

Saints now win two quick penalties and Coooote kicks for touch. We start the set in the Hull 20 this time….

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

5'

Alex Walmsley is penalised for holding Gareth Ellis down and Hull have an early chance as they start the set in the Saints 20, but Zeb Taia forces the knock on!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

4'

A solid start by both sides who look sharp and have exchanged sets. The hosts, Hull FC, look up for this one and so they should be given a playoff place is at stake!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

The Saints, wearing our blue away kit, will get the first play as Hull FC get us underway here at the KCOM Stadium!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔴⚪

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