Super League: Hull FC 26-23 Wakefield Trinity

Andre Savelio
Andre Savelio’s early smash left him to see out the game with a taped-up nose
Hull FC (14) 26
Tries: Lane 2, Swift 2, Savelio Goals: Connor 3
Wakefield Trinity (13) 23
Tries: Jowitt 2, Tanginoa 2 Goals: Hampshire 3 Drop-goal: Hampshire

Hull FC survived a desperate fightback from Wakefield Trinity to squeak to victory in Super League at St Helens.

The Airlie Birds took a narrow 14-13 lead into the break, despite outscoring Wakefield by three tries to two, Jake Connor converting just one from three.

Andre Savelio, bloodied from a nose smash, touched down and Jordan Lane got his second from a kind ricochet to extend the Black and Whites’ lead.

Kelepi Tanginoa twice stomped in late on to give Trinity hope, in vain.

The sin-binning of Hull’s Connor Wynne with five minutes to go gave Wakefield the opportunity to go on and complete their comeback.

Although they could not be questioned in terms of effort, they just could not execute, an issue that undermined some smart plays and fulsome endeavour throughout.

While this was a fifth defeat in all competitions for the Belle Vue club since the restart, injuries and the impact of positive coronavirus tests have forced Chris Chester to blood several youngsters.

Connor Bailey was thrown into the halves, Yusuf Aydin and Titus Gwaze came on off the bench and will have benefitted from the experience despite the result.

Players of a more senior nature also stood up, noticeably Max Jowitt with two tries and the craft and graft of back-rowers Jay Pitts and Joe Westerman.

Hull’s Savelio, with tape wrapped around his bleeding nose, typified the spirit within Andy Last’s ranks and played a key role in keeping Wakefield out when it looked dicey late on.

Albert Kelly and Connor linked up well in the halves, engaging defenders and sliding in dangerous kicks, playing key roles in tries for Savelio, Adam Swift on two occasions to take his career tally beyond 100, and Lane.

With a Challenge Cup tie against Castleford on Sunday looming large as well as injuries, Last has had to juggle with his personnel, but further bright performances from young players like Wynne, centre Cameron Scott and prop Jack Brown will give the interim coach optimism going forward.

Hull FC: Wynne; Faraimo, Scott, Fonua, Swift; Kelly, Connor; Bowden, Houghton, Fash, Lane, Savelio, Cator.

Interchanges: Brown, Buchanan, Matongo, Satae

Wakefield Trinity: Jowitt; Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Senior; Bailey, Hampshire; Kopczak, Crowther, King, Pitts, Tanginoa, Westerman

Interchanges: J. Wood, Green, Gwaze, Aydin

Referee: Marcus Griffiths


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