Salford Red Devils 42-14 Hull FC
Hull FC fell to a gritty Salford Red Devils side at the AJ Bell Stadium this afternoon. The Black & Whites led early in the contest through Ligi Sao’s first try of the season but that wasn’t enough as the Red Devils took the spoils.
Brett Hodgson was forced into two changes from Thursday’s fixture against Castleford Tigers, with Carlos Tuimavave missing out with an Achilles injury and Scott Taylor unable to play because of a back issue. In their place, Connor Wynne returned from suspension at right centre and Josh Bowden taking his place on the interchange bench.
Hull started the first half brightly, breaking the deadlock after just five minutes thanks to Ligi Sao’s first try of the season, slipping under a Red Devils tackle close to the line after Jake Connor and Ben McNamara offloads brought promising field position for the Black & Whites.
Hull were unable to build on that promising start, with Ken Sio striking back for Salford just five minutes later. Back to back penalties brought dangerous field position, which they capitalised on through the former Newcastle Knights winger, who held off Adam Swift to score in the corner.
An end to end first half ensued, Salford going closest through Joe Burgess who collected a Lolohea kick to the corner but knocked on with the line at his mercy. Hull regained the lead through a Marc Sneyd penalty midway through the first half after he was tackled high 10 meters from the Red Devils try line.
However, it was Salford who went into the break in front after Sio bagged his second of the half. A scrappy end to a set for Salford saw the ball kicked side to side, Sarginson collecting a Burgess offload to kick wide. Sio still had work to do but was able to collect his own grubber kick to score, which Inu converted. Half Time: Salford 12-8 Hull FC
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Salford Red Devils 42 (12)
Tries: Sio 4, Atkin, Livett, Burgess. Goals: Inu 7.
Hull FC 14 (8)
Tries: Sao, Houghton. Goals: Sneyd 3