4 Mar 2019

Hull FC defeat Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield Giants 8-28 Hull FC

Joe Westerman marked his 300th career game with two tries and Josh Griffin also struck twice as Hull FC followed their golden-point triumph at champions Wigan Warriors with a 28-8 victory at winless Huddersfield Giants.

Lee Radford’s visitors trailed 8-6 against opponents now on a nine-game losing streak dating back to last season’s Super 8’s.

But the resurgent Black and Whites dominated the second period, crossing for four tries including Westerman’s second and Griffin’s brace. 

Winger Ratu Naulago added to Westerman’s 15th-minute opener, while golden-point hero Marc Sneyd landed four goals after seeing off Wigan last week.

Full Time here, Hull FC claim the two points! Josh Griffin & Joe Westerman both scoring twice today! 🙌 pic.twitter.com/L6zcF3vNBE
— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) March 3, 2019

Hull received a further boost with talismanic half back Albert Kelly making his first appearance of the year after a pre-season shoulder problem.

But they did lose former home favourite and England international Jake Connor to a second-half leg injury.

Simon Woolford’s Huddersfield, who next travel to Wigan, registered all their points via Darnell McIntosh’s try and a brace of goals from Olly Russell in the opening 33 minutes.

“The issues we've got at the moment aren’t a talent thing,” said Woolford. “They are an effort and concentration thing. They are going to be hard to fix.

“We have stages where we totally lose our way, make an error, make another one, concede a try and then it’s like the game is gone.

“We don’t have any resilience. Zero. None at all. Rugby League is a tough game and you are going to be under the pump at certain stages every week, no matter who you are playing.

“You've got to be able to pull through and roll up your sleeves and work through adversity. At the moment we don’t have that."

Victorious coach Lee Radford said: "I'm really pleased, particularly after half-time how we adjusted and made a couple of adaptions to the way we were playing."