Hull FC 42 Salford Red Devils 20, Potent Hull attack put Red Devils to the sword

Hull FC got their 2016 Super League campaign off to a winning start at the KC Stadium with a breathtaking attacking display against the big spenders from the AJ Bell stadium.

As shown in the recent pre season derby Hull had an attack that was far too hot for their latest opponents to handle and scored tries aplenty as the Red Devils defence was cut to pieces with embarrassing ease.

Lee Radford started with much the same 13 that started the pre season derby against Hull KR with the only change being the return of Fetuli Talanoa in place of Curtis Naughton.

Chris Green, Josh Bowden, Danny Washbrook and headline act Frank ‘The Tank’ Pritchard made up the bench.

Marc Sneyd kicked off against his old side and immediately the Red Devils were under pressure as they knocked on from the kick off and then conceded a penalty after the scrum but their defence held firm to keep the black and white’s out.

However the first try wasn’t long in coming as Danny Houghton made a superb break in midfield from inside his own half before sending Leon Pryce scampering in for the first try under the posts with less than five minutes on the clock, the conversion from Sneyd gave them a six point lead.

Salford soon started to pressure the home side as they made yards before a deft high kick from Michael Dobson went into touch just in front of the Hull try line, however indiscipline cost them another penalty which piggy backed Hul into the danger zone but the chance was wasted when Jamie Shaul knocked on.

After the next kick from Salford referee Kendall made a ridiculous call as they were allowed to steal the ball from Carlos Tuimavave in a two man tackle and then further forward a blatant forward pass to Josh Griffin saw the Salford winger race in unopposed and then level the scores with a majestic conversion after 13 minutes.

A penalty to the Red Devils then gave Dobson opportunity to put them deep in Hull territory but this time Hull’s defence held firm and then the temperature was raised as Pritchard took to the field for his Super League debut.

A rampaging run by Pritchard set up the position for another Hull attack and, after scrambling defence from the visitors, Houghton turned provider again with a delicious kick to the right corner which Mahe Fonua gobbled up to put Hull back in front after 19 minutes, unfortunately Sneyd was unable to add the extras from the touchline.

Hull attacked again down their right hand side and a high bomb by Pryce was dropped by full-back Gareth O’Brien giving Hull head and feed in the danger zone and then a beautiful pass from Scott Taylor put Jordan Thompson over under the posts, the conversion from Sneyd made it a 10 point lead with 12 minutes of the half remaining.

Within two minutes of that try Hull were over again as a beautiful move from right to left saw Tuimavave put Talanoa in at the left hand corner, this time Sneyd added the extras from the touchline to make it 22-6 to the Airlie Birds.

Hull were afforded another attacking opportunity after forcing a goal line drop out and a fantastic break from Pritchard saw the New Zealand legend hand on to his fellow countryman Tuimavave for the centre to take two men over the line with him with 34 minutes played, Sneyd was unable to add the conversion leaving Hull with a 20 point lead.

However for all their momentum Hull handed Salford an opportunity as they knocked on from the kick off and then gave away a soft penalty and then another which saw the visitors ramp up the pressure.

Then a knock on at an attempted interception gave the visitors more territory and possession with two minutes of the half left but eventually a nothing kick from Dobson went dead and gave Hull a deserved 20 meter restart.

Hull then saw out the remainder of the half with the only meaningful action being a kick that went dead before  two tackles finished the half to a rousing round of applause from the Old Faithful.

Hull started the second half in much the same way as they played most of the first making big meters and looking determined to bully the visitors out of the game and another attack soon brought reward as Leon Pryce somehow got a miracle pass to Josh Bowden for the prop forward to crash over under the posts with three minutes of the half played, the conversion from Sneyd stretched the advantage to 26 points for the home side.

Another surge into the opposition half saw a knock on from Salford and from the resulting scrum a flip out the backdoor from Sika Manu put youngster Jack Logan over just three minutes later to give them a 30 point lead, however Sneyd was adjudged to have missed the conversion.

Another frantic attack saw Salford lose the ball 20 meters from their own line and a pick up, kick and chase and dive from Shaul saw the full-back grab the latest try after 54 minutes, the conversion from Sneyd made it a 42-6 scoreline in favour of the black and white’s.

Finally Salford were able to set-up another attacking chance as Shaul mistakenly stayed behind the goal line after catching a kick and was tackled in-goal forcing Hull to drop out from their own line and they took full advantage as Junior Sa’u crossed on 58 minutes, ex Hull KR player Dobson missed the conversion much to the delight of the home supporters.

Just as the Red Devils looked like pressuring Hull’s defence again their own indiscipline cost them again as they gave away another penalty however they were just able to hold them at bay this time when referee Kendall awarded them a scrum.

A penalty soon after that saw them set up camp in the Hull danger zone again but this time Hull’s well-drilled defence kept them out rather too easily and eventually Pritchard caught a token kick from Dobson in front of his own posts.

Salford captain and former FC player Tommy Lee was then sin-binned for his part in a large fracas with less than quarter of an hour remaining on the clock.

Salford then added another frustrating score after they were given a silly penalty and Dobson’s cut-out pass put Niall Evalds over in the corner, Griffin missed the touchline conversion with 10 minutes left.

Salford’s next set saw another break and again Sa’u followed up to cross the whitewash, this time Dobson added the extras to make it 42-20.

Hull had become far too sloppy and their next attack showed it as Talanoa was forced into touch far too easily, however the Red Devils seemed to have lost some momentum and their next attack resulted in a nothing kick which was knocked on.

Hull finally saw the match out as Sneyd put a kick into touch and there was no time to form the scrum.

Radford was unable to confirm whether Gareth Ellis will be available for next weeks trip to the Stade Gilbert Brutus to face Catalans Dragons but that should become clearer on maybe Monday or Tuesday.

The removal of Mahe Fonua and Sika Manu was seemingly precautionary.

Man of the Match: Danny Houghton

Attendance 12,265

Penalties Hull 8 Salford 7

Goal Line Drop Out Hull 1 Salford 1

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Salford Red Devils 32 Hull FC 28 – Old Frailties Cost Airlie Birds Dear In Controversial Fashion!

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.