Salford Red Devils 32 Hull FC 28
Hull FC slipped to a 2nd consecutive defeat on Saturday night in controversial style.
The defensive resolve that was the hallmark of previous games against top 4 dwellers Huddersfield Giants and Warrington Wolves was suddenly, worryingly, absent.
Led around the park by the mercurial Rangi Chase the Red Devils took full advantage of the defensive lapses to secure their first win of the season.
The one positive Hull could take from the game was that their attack finally sparked into life as they scored some truly breathtaking tries, unfortunately they didn’t control Chase and the ex England player used his full bag of tricks to cut Hull’s paper thin defence apart.
Early tries From Niall Evalds and Theo Fages established a 10-0 lead for the home side before Hull finally got going as new half back pairing Leon Pryce and Marc Sneyd linked to create a gap down the left which saw Jordan Rankin cross to score in the corner.
Shortly after Evalds got his 2nd try after running a great line off Chase who fed him the ball to score, the conversion from Josh Griffin re-established Salford’s 10 point lead.
Before half time Jordan Thompson gave Hull hope as he cut through the defence and raced 25 meters through some suspect tackling to score under the posts, Sneyd converted and after the half time hooter he added a penalty to leave the score 16-14 to Salford at the break.
The second half started at a slower pace compared to the first as both sides looked for signs of weakness and it was Hull who took advantage first to take the lead as a grubber kick from Leon Pryce bounced up off a Salford leg into the grateful hands of Setaimata Sa to score.
Sneyd missed the conversion but having wrestled their way back into the game Hull threw away their 2 point lead as Chase produced a moment of magic by passing to himself and then, with a deft backhand pass, he opened the gap for Josh Griffin to score.
A few minutes later and Chase again opened up the Hull defence to put Griffin over again, although this time it seemed to be with more than a hint of a forward pass which referee Tim Roby failed to see.
With Griffin adding the extras to both his tries Salford once again held a 10 point lead at 28-18.
Once again the Hull attack sparked into life as a flowing move across the middle of the pitch led to a delicious pass from Sneyd to Put Jordan Thompson through for a breathtaking 2nd try under the posts.
With the game moving at breakneck speed again referee Tim Roby had clearly lost control of all aspects, especially the ruck.
Salford again raided the Hull line and Chase again opened the defence, this time with a blatantly forward pass, which again went unseen, to put Junior Sa’u in for the decisive try.
Shortly after that injustice Tom Lineham crashed in at the corner but, controversially, referee Roby ruled out the score for no apparent reason.
However Lineham would not be denied the next time he got over the Salford line moments later as he scored a carbon copy of the try that had just been disallowed, this time Roby awarded the try, Sneyd missed the conversion.