Hull FC started their Super League XX campaign with a resounding win over top 4 side Huddersfield Giants at the John Smith’s Stadium yesterday.
From minute 1 the Airlie Birds controlled their opponents and never released the grip they had on them.
Being handed penalty after penalty, possession and territory Huddersfield were afforded many chances but a cast iron defence from Hull was more than a match for what appeared to be an attack that lacked fluidity and creativity.
With 2013 Man of Steel Danny Brough having a retched game against his former club the Giants looked disjointed and never really threatened to break Hull’s vice like grip on proceedings.
Hull took the lead halfway through the first half with a well worked try. New signing Marc Sneyd worked a space on the last tackle with fast feet and passed to Kirk Yeaman, with the home defence closing in on the centre he managed to get the ball to winger Fetuli Talanoa who squeezed over in the corner.
Sneyd missed the touchline conversion to that try but was on target shortly before half time with a penalty which saw his team go into the break with a very deserved 6-0 lead.
The second half started much the same way as the first half had gone as both sides searched for weaknesses in their opposition but it was Hull who struck again on 51 minutes as full back Jamie Shaul got on the end of a deft little grubber kick by Sneyd for his first try of the game despite the attention of several Huddersfield defenders.
Huddersfield were clearly becoming more and more frustrated, Brough in particular, and the inevitable mistakes began to creep in.
Shaul made the game safe for the visitor’s in the 58th minute, skirting across the Huddersfield defensive line he suddenly raced past Brough and went through a huge gap to dash 30 meters and touchdown under the posts, Sneyd adding the conversion.
A drop goal from Sneyd put the icing on the cake and with sheer defensive resolve the black and white’s held on to stop the Giants scoring and lay a particular ghost to rest by holding a team who had inflicted a club record defeat on them less than 18 months ago to nil on their own ground.
Comparisons will no doubt be drawn between this performance and the 28-0 humiliation Hull handed to their neighbour’s Hull KR six months ago but they don’t really bare comparison, this Hull FC team look a very different proposition compared to the class of 2014 and now Super League has been warned.
Man of the Match. Marc Sneyd
Hull: Tries Talanoa, Shaul 2. Goals Sneyd 3 plus 1 Drop Goal