Friday 21st February 2014, 20:00 - Round:2

St Helens

St Helens

34 (6)

VS.

Hull FC

(10) 22

Hull FC
James Roby 2, Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax, Tom Makinson, Mark Percival,

T Mickey Paea, Richard Whiting, Gareth Ellis, Danny Houghton,

Luke Walsh 5,

G

Ben Crooks 3,

  DG  

Attendance: 13,448  Official: R Silverwood  Venue: Langtree Park

TRIES:
6
4
TRIES:
GOALS:
5
3
GOALS:
METRES:
1443
1140
METRES:
CARRIES:
231
171
CARRIES:
TACKLES:
261
329
TACKLES:
OFFLOADS:
10
12
OFFLOADS:
PENALTIES:
6
6
PENALTIES:
BREAKS:
4
6
BREAKS:

St Helens scored five second-half tries as they came from behind to see off Hull FC 34-22 and maintain their winning start in the First Utility Super League.

The hosts trailed 10-6 at the break at Langtree Park, but tries from Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax and James Roby - his second of the night - put them in command.

Gareth Ellis threatened a comeback by adding to the first-half touchdowns of Mickey Paea and Richard Whiting, but Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival made the game safe before a Danny Houghton consolation.

Saints' influential new scrum-half Luke Walsh also had another fine night and landed five goals.

Kick-off was preceded by a number of tributes to the late Steve Prescott, the former England and Ireland full-back who played for both clubs and lost his battle with cancer last year.

The match was also the first to be played for the new cup set up in Prescott's name, with the aggregate winner from the two league games between the clubs to be awarded the trophy annually.

Hull were the first to make their mark as Paea started and, after a powerful charge by Joe Westerman, finished a quick break for the first try in the third minute.

It was quickly cancelled out when Roby side-stepped his way past Hull full-back Jamie Shaul to score.

Saints centre Percival then crossed in the corner only to be penalised for a knock-on and Hull regained the initiative.

Westerman was again instrumental, first stealing possession and then coming up with a brilliant offload to send the ever-reliable Whiting over.

Ben Crooks' conversion, having missed his first attempt and six fluffed efforts for his team last week, was celebrated with exaggerated jubilation by the visiting fans.

That score in the 15th minute proved the last of the first half as the sides fought out a tight battle.

Saints lost centre Jordan Turner to injury after a heavy collision with Ellis before the interval, but they returned enthused for the second period and soon went ahead as Soliola - who thrilled the crowd with some big hits in the first half - powered his way over from close range.

Momentum then shifted firmly in the hosts' favour as Jon Wilkin set up Lomax with a superb reverse kick to the left corner.

Another Saints try almost followed as Adam Swift was bundled into touch on the right.

It proved a brief respite for Hull as Soliola showed good awareness to set up Roby for his second under the posts.

Hull responded with Aaron Heremaia putting Ellis over, but Makinson showed great dexterity to touch down wide on the right and maintain Saints' stranglehold.

The visitors could not reply again and Saints broke through some weary tackles to set up a sixth try for Percival with just under four minutes remaining.

Hull had the final word as Houghton slid over in the last minute and Crooks kicked a third goal.

James Roby 2 1 32 8 2 3 0 35 164 4.69 1 30 0 0 0 0 0 1
Jonathan Lomax 1 1 6 0 0 2 1 21 107 5.10 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
Thomas Makinson 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 14 77 5.50 0 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
Mark Percival 1 0 9 2 0 2 1 9 88 9.78 1 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
Iosia Soliola 1 1 23 5 2 0 0 8 47 5.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Jordan Turner 0 0 8 2 1 0 0 5 47 9.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Adam Swift 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 15 93 6.20 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 0
Gary Wheeler 0 0 20 4 0 4 0 11 67 6.09 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
Luke Walsh 0 0 9 3 1 1 6 16 45 2.81 0 1 1 0 5 1 0 0
Kyle Amor 0 0 16 1 1 0 0 16 138 8.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
Alex Walmsley 0 0 13 3 1 10 0 16 168 10.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Jon Wilkin 0 1 30 8 6 2 3 16 93 5.81 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
Willie Manu 0 1 17 1 3 3 0 11 76 6.91 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 21 3 0 1 0 13 101 7.77 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2
Joshua Jones 0 0 17 4 0 0 0 4 19 4.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Anthony Laffranchi 0 0 23 7 2 2 0 9 54 6.00 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
Paul Wellens 0 0 14 2 3 1 0 12 59 4.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Stats Key

T: Tries
TA: Try assists
TK: Tackles
MT: Marker tackles
MI: Missed tackles
TB: Tackle busts

AT: Attacking kicks
C: Carries
M: Metres
AG: Av gain
CB: Clean break
DR: Run from dummy half

E: Errors
FT: Forty twenty
G: Goals
MG: Missed goals
OF: Offload
P: Penalties

  • (SH) J. Lomax
  • (W) T. Makinson
  • (U) J. Turner
  • (U) M. Percival
  • (W) A. Swift
  • (SO) G. Wheeler
  • (SH) L. Walshx5
  • (P) K. Amor
  • (H) J. Robyx2
  • (P) A. Walmsley
  • (SR) J. Wilkin
  • (SR) W. Manu
  • (P) L. McCarthy-Scarsbrook
  • (U) J. Jones
  • (U) S. Soliola
  • (P) A. Laffranchi
  • (FB) P. Wellens

Highlights

Key Performances

Player

Danny Houghton

Tackles: 36

Player

Richard Whiting

Tackles: 35

Player

Kyle Amor

Metres: 138

Player

James Roby

Metres: 164

Tackles: 32

Player

Alex Walmsley

Metres: 168