19 Apr 2019

FC victorious in the derby

Hull FC surged into fourth place in Betfred Super League with a stunning 56-12 triumph over Hull KR in the 233rd derby.

The two sides traded early scores from Jake Connor and Jimmy Keinhorst before Hull grabbed a foothold in the game with a brace of tries from Jack Logan, putting Lee Radford’s side 18-6 up inside 19 minutes.

Craig Hall, who finished with eight points, marked his 100th Rovers appearance with a try just before half-time to reduce the gap to 18-12, but a fine break just three minutes after the restart by Mark Minichiello saw the home side’s advantage restored to 12 points.

Marc Sneyd, who kicked 10 goals in the match, booted a simple penalty before Joe Westerman powered his way over to put Hull 32-12 in front with 17 minutes left.

Ben Crooks and Scott Taylor were both sin-binned and the hosts exploited the gaps left in the visiting defence as Albert Kelly, Mickey Paea and Connor Wynne crossed, with Logan also completing his hat-trick to seal the highest-margin victory in Hull derby history.

Hull head coach Lee Radford said: "It is always nice to beat them in that manner, especially after the first-round loss. It will make a lot of fans happy on the beer this afternoon I’m sure.

“We were ahead on the scoreboard but we didn’t play particularly well that first 40 minutes and what we threw at them wasn’t what we talked.

“I thought we were outstanding second period. We looked at their bench and lack of middle, in which they had due to injury, if we kept hold of the football then we would have had some joy there and fortunately that turned out well for us.”

Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens said: “The figures were atrocious. Down to 12 men, 10-2 penalty count and possession 44 per cent in the second half, everything that could go wrong went wrong.

"The scoreline reflected that didn’t it. We were shooting ourselves in the foot early in the tackle count and giving away silly penalties."