Four tries in twelve second half minutes the difference for Saints

Four tries in 12 second half minutes ultimately proved the difference as Saints came from a 6-2 half-time deficit to beat Hull FC 32-18 at the KCOM Stadium.

A dominant display upon the return of Tommy Makinson, Morgan Knowles and Alex Walmsley helped Saints see off a tough Hull FC side, inflicting the oppositions first defeat of the season, and helped Kristian Woolf’s men get back to winning ways.

It was Saints who took an early lead after four minutes, Makinson scoring a penalty right under the sticks on his return to the squad after a high tackle on Theo Fages.

Hull had their first real chance of the half through Ratu Naulago as he looked to go over in the right corner, but a great challenge by Regan Grace took the winger into touch.

The hosts took the lead in the 29th minute against the run of play; a high ball to the corner was pushed back by Grace, but it bounced away from Jack Welsby before James Bentley tried to kick the ball dead, but he missed his kick and Carlos Tuimavave pounced on the ball to touch down. Marc Sneyd added the conversion to give Hull a 6-2 lead.

Despite being the better side in the opening half, Saints struggled to capitalise on their dominant display and the hosts went into half time ahead.

Saints came out in the second half the better side and were rewarded for their efforts with a try in the 46th minute as Jonny Lomax laid the ball off to Matty Costello on the left touchline to score in the corner to draw Saints level. Makinson was unable to convert.

Saints went over again minutes later; a high bomb by Fages was challenged by Welsby, the Hull man fumbled it backwards and Luke Thompson was there to touch down. Makinson added the conversion to give the Saints a 12-6 lead.

A brilliant second half start continued as Saints added a third through Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook in the 53rd minute, after he grasped Lomax’ short ball to power through underneath the sticks. Makinson added the conversion to make it 18-6.

Lomax was in the heart of the action once more minutes later, as he made a long pass out to the left to to Bentley who went over for the Saints’ fourth of the game. Makinson scored his third conversion to make it 24-6.

After a period of Saints dominance, Hull got one back against the run of play, Tuimavave grabbing his second with a great carry down the right hand side as he took advantage of some poor Saints defending. Sneyd added the conversion making it 24-12 to Saints.

McCarthy-Scarsbrook forced a penalty in the 70th minute, which gave Makinson the chance to score the penalty to make it 26-12.

Aaron Smith added a fifth try of the evening for Saints in the 77th minute, powering over to the left of the sticks after some quick build up play down the middle. Makinson added the conversion once again to make it 32-12.

Hull grabbed a late consolation as Jamie Shaul burst through to score just before the hooter sounded, before Sneyd added the conversion, but it was Saints who came away with a deserved win.

Match Summary

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Ratu Naulago, Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Adam Swift, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Ligi Sao, Josh Jones, Josh Griffin, Gareth Ellis.

Interchanges: Jordan Johnstone, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Josh Bowden.

Tries: Tuimavave (2), Shaul.

Goals: Sneyd (3).

Saints: Jack Welsby, Tommy Makinson, Kevin Naiqama, Matty Costello, Regan Grace, Jonny Lomax, Theo Fages, Alex Walmsley, James Bentley, Luke Thompson, Zeb Taia, Dom Peyroux, Morgan Knowles.

Interchanges: Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Matthew Lees, Joseph Paulo, Aaron Smith.

Tries: Costello, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Bentley, Smith.

Goals: Makinson (4).

Penalties: Makinson (2).

HT: 6-2.

FT: 32-18.

Attendance: 12,399.

Hull FC Line up

1Jamie Shaul
2Ratu Naulago
3Carlos Tuimavave
4Mahe Fonua
5Adam Swift
6Jake Connor
7Marc Sneyd
8Scott Taylor
9Danny Houghton
10Ligi Sao
11Josh Jones
12Josh Griffin
13Gareth Ellis
14Josh Bowden
15Masi Matongo
16Brad Fash
17Jordan Johnstone

Last updated 22 Feb 20 21:38:52

FT: ⚫⚪ Hull FC 18-32 Saints 🔵⚪

Four tries in 12 second half minutes did the business for the Saints. Costello, Thompson, LMS, Bentley and Smith the scorers and it’s a hard-fought comeback win for the Saints!

79'
Try
Jamie Shaul for Hull FC

Jamie Shaul grabs a late consolation for Hull diving over underneath the sticks. Sneyd converts.

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78'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson adds the extras as we approach the full time hooter!

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77'
Try
Aaron Smith for Saints

AZ SMITH gets in on the act as he dives over from dummy half!! What a second half performance this has been from the Saints!

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Apologies about the time delay. There is WiFi issues here at the KCOM!

Apologies about the time delay. There is WiFi issues here at the KCOM!

70'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

LMS wins a penalty and Makinson takes the two to extend our lead!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 12-26 Saints 🔵⚪

65'
Try
Carlos Tuimavave for Hull FC

Hull are back in it with a second try of the game from Tuimavave as he evades the tackles of Bentley, Welsby and Costello down the right wing to score.

Sneyd converts.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 12-24 Saints 🔵⚪

58'
Try
James Bentley for Saints

Kristian Woolf has given some team talk at half time as BENTLEY goes over this time. Lomax with the assist with a cut-out pass!

Makinson converts brilliantly!

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55'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson converts LMS’ try to extend our lead!

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55'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson converts LMS’ try to extend our lead!

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53'
Try
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook for Saints

WHAT A SECOND HALF FROM THE SAINTS! LMS is over under the sticks as he barges his way over after grasping Lomax’s short ball!

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51'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Makinson converts the extras! It’s worth noting Grace went off at the break with Aaron Smith on for him.

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50'
Try
Luke Thompson for Saints

THOMPSON! Fages high bomb is challenged by Welsby and Fonua and the Hull man fumbles it backwards and Thommo is there to score! Get in!!!

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47'

Makinson misses the touchline conversion attempt, but we are all square!

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46'
Try
Matthew Costello for Saints

GET IN!!! COSTELLO! We are back in this one as Peyroux makes a break and the ball is moved from left to right with Lomax finding Costello who dives over in the corner!

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41'

We are back underway in the second half! Come on, boys! 🔵⚪

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HT: ⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-2 Saints 🔵⚪

We, perhaps unfortunately, trail at the break after a converted Tuimavave try cancelled out Makinson’s early penalty. The Saints have had most of the ball, but have failed to capitalise.

33'

Welsby does well to feed Naiqama on this right side, but he can’t gather the ball with Makinson open in the corner.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-2 Saints 🔵⚪

32'

Jake Connor’s kick is miscued and goes out on the full. Saints come forward…

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30'
Goal
Marc Sneyd for Hull FC

Marc Sneyd adds the two and Hull lead as Matty Lees is on for Morgan Knowles.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 6-2 Saints 🔵⚪

29'
Try
Carlos Tuimavave for Hull FC

Against the run of play, Hull score as a high kick on the last is tapped back by Grace, Bentley misses his kick as he attempts to clear and Carlos Tuimavave pounces to touch down. Scrappy.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 4-2 Saints 🔵⚪

25'

LMS is on for Big Al as Saints come forward again only for referee Liam Moore to penalise Zeb Taia for crossing.

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-2 Saints 🔵⚪

22'

Ratu Naulago looks like he is clean through in the corner, but a fantastic tackle from Grace forces him in touch!!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-2 Saints 🔵⚪

20'

Regan Grace bursts his way through the Hull line, but is halted by former Saint Adam Swift before Makinson kicks on the last, only for the ball to run dead.

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17'

Saints come forward as the ball is played from right to left, but Knowles slips at the vital time on the last and Hull force the turnover.

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📸 Great to have the big man back! @engywalmsley

11'

Welsby holds down Mahe Fonua too long on the last and Hull have a set of six on the Saints line, but a fantastic tackle from the returning Morgan Knowles forces Fonua to knock on!

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9'

A couple of knock ons from either side have followed with the latest resulting in the scrum for Hull FC on half-way.

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5'
Goal
Tommy Makinson for Saints

Theo Fages wins a penalty after a high shot and Makinson nails the two from just to the right of the sticks and we lead early here!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-2 Saints 🔵⚪

3'

A brilliant first set from the Saints results in Kev Naiqama trapping Jamie Shaul in goal after Jack Welsby’s perfectly weighted high kick. We will come again!

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔵⚪

We are off and underway here at the KCOM Stadium as Tommy Makinson kicks us off! COYS! Let’s get back on that winning trail! 🔵⚪

⚫⚪ Hull FC 0-0 Saints 🔵⚪