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Rugby League: Hull FC lose again

Huddersfield Giants 26 – 6 Hull FC (Friday August 17)

Huddersfield Giants continued their impressive form of late with a 26-6 victory over the Black & Whites at the John Smith Stadium. Defences dominated for the majority of the contest, with the game remaining scoreless until after half-time. But an impressive second forty from Simon Woolford’s men secure the points for the West Yorkshire side.

Marc Sneyd dropped out of Hull FC’s 19-man squad after last week’s defeat to Wakefield Trinity. He was replaced by Liam Harris in the halves. Meanwhile young forward Lewis Bienek retained his spot in the match day squad after making his Black & White debut last week.

Huddersfield had the best chance of an even opening quarter of the game. Jamie Shaul dropped ball close to the Hull FC line nearly saw the full-back punished for his error, but the ball dribbled out of play.

In an arm-wrestle of a first-half dominated by defences, Huddersfield could have taken the lead with 7 minutes left on the clock. But an impressive try-saving tackle led by Jordan Lane on former Black & White Jordan Rankin kept the Giants at bay.

It would take 43 minutes of the contest before the first try was scored, and it came through the hosts. Making the most of a Josh Griffin error in the Hull FC half, Alex Mellor crashed over from close range to open the scoring. Brough converted.

And it was quick back-to-back tries for the Giants as they crossed the whitewash just three minutes later. Adam O’Brien broke downfield before feeding Lee Gaskell to race away and touch down.

Danny Brough was successful with the kick, and extended Huddersfield’s lead further slotting over a successful penalty goal on the 50 minute mark.

Hull were dealt a further blow shortly after when Dean Hadley was withdrawn for a concussion assessment.

The Black & Whites finally got themselves on the score-sheet though with 25 minutes left on the clock. A barnstorming run form Airlie Birds top try-scorer in 2018 saw him crash over under the posts. He converted his own try.

With an 8 point gap between the sides, Hull looked as if they had a chance of picking up their first victory in the Super 8s going into the final ten minutes. But a score from Ryan Hinchcliffe in the closing stages sealed the win for the hosts.

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa, Jordan Abdull, Liam Harris, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Sika Manu, Mark Minichiello, Dean Hadley.

Hull FC Bench: Chris Green, Lewis Bienek, Danny Washbrook, Jordan Lane.

Scorers: Huddersfield Tries: Mellor (43), Gaskell (46), Hinchcliffe (72), Ta’ai (75) Huddersfield Goals: Brough (5/5). Hull FC Tries: Faraimo (55). Hull FC Goals: Faraimo (1/1). Attendance: 4,499

(Report courtesy of www.hullfc.com)