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Hull FC 32-18 Salford Red Devils

Friday 4th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 1

32-18 FT

HT: 14 14

Attendance: 10,239

Official: J Smith

Venue: KCOM Stadium, Hull

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Albert Kelly, Carlos Tuimavave 2, Fetuli Talanoa, Jake Connor,

  • Goals
    Jake Connor 6,

  • Drop Goals

  • Salford Red Devils

  • Tries
    Manu Vatuvei 2, Niall Evalds, Rob Lui,

  • Goals
    Rob Lui,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Hull FC started their Betfred Super League Super 8s campaign by beating Salford Red Devils 32-18 at the KCOM Stadium to keep their hopes of a play-off place alive.

A game between two sides who experienced contrasting fortunes in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-finals last weekend was settled by two tries from Carlos Tuimavave and a stand-out show from Jake Connor.

Salford opened the scoring through Manu Vatuvei but Albert Kelly soon replied with his 19th try of the season.

Connor provided an assist for Tuimavave to slide over and Niall Evalds scored a superb solo try.

Robert Lui powered over but Hull regained the lead seven minutes into the second half when Connor's kick was timed perfectly for Fetuli Talanoa to climb high, gather the ball and ground it.

Connor found a way over the line shortly after Talanoa's try and Hull extended their lead further on the hour mark when Connor's third assist allowed Tuimavave to cross.

Vatuvei scored a consolation with 13 minutes remaining.

Hull coach Lee Radford praised his players for backing up last weekend's victory.

Radford knew it would be a tough task to go again after the euphoria of the semi-final win over Leeds Rhinos. 

"Naturally, energy levels were down for both sides," Radford said.

"That wasn't a great advert for our game and I hope that improves. We did enough to get the result.

"This win sets us up nicely for Saints and I'd love to go and put a sterling performance in against a side in good form.

"It should be a good contest. The next two games are big for us."

Salford coach Ian Watson admitted the semi-final loss to Wigan Warriors five days earlier looked to have taken its toll on his players.

"I thought we started the game well," Watson said. "The first and second halves were completely different.

"We shut them down a bit in the first half, but we were poor in the second half. I knew they would come strong in the first 15 minutes of the second half.

"We turned over too much ball and looked like we didn't know what to do when we were under the pump. We don't want to fall back into the team we were at the start of last season."

  • 65: TRY! scored for Salford by Manu Vatuvei
  • 60: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 60: TRY! scored for Hull by Carlos Tuimavave
  • 51: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 51: TRY! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 48: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 48: TRY! scored for Hull by Fetuli Talanoa
  • 40: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 33: GOAL! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 32: TRY! scored for Salford by Rob Lui
  • 26: TRY! scored for Salford by Niall Evalds
  • 16: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 16: TRY! scored for Hull by Carlos Tuimavave
  • 14: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 14: TRY! scored for Hull by Albert Kelly
  • 11: TRY! scored for Salford by Manu Vatuvei
  • Key Performers

    Manu Vatuvei

    Metres: 166
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Hull 5
    Red Devils 4

    Goals:

    Hull 6
    Red Devils 1

    METRES:

    Hull 1227
    Red Devils 1154

    CARRIES:

    Hull 162
    Red Devils 156

    TACKLES:

    Hull 336
    Red Devils 320

    OFFLOADS:

    Hull 13
    Red Devils 8

    PENALTIES:

    Hull 10
    Red Devils 5

    BREAKS:

    Hull 12
    Red Devils 6

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Carlos Tuimavave 2 0 15 3 2 5 0 15 130 8.67 2 5 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jamie Shaul 0 0 5 0 3 11 0 12 114 9.50 2 5 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Fetuli Talanoa 1 0 7 1 1 4 0 12 96 8.00 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Scott Taylor 0 0 29 5 0 5 0 10 96 9.60 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Josh Griffin 0 0 16 1 2 2 1 9 95 10.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Jordan Thompson 0 0 21 8 5 5 0 11 79 7.18 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Liam Watts 0 0 27 6 1 1 0 10 76 7.60 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 1
    Sika Manu 0 0 35 6 10 1 0 10 71 7.10 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Steven Michaels 0 0 4 0 1 2 0 8 66 8.25 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Mahe Fonua 0 0 10 2 1 2 1 7 60 8.57 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Danny Houghton 0 2 47 9 0 2 0 11 59 5.36 1 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Green 0 0 18 1 1 0 0 9 59 6.56 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jake Connor 1 3 19 4 3 7 7 11 57 5.18 2 0 3 0 6 0 2 1
    Albert Kelly 1 0 19 4 6 3 3 6 54 9.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Gareth Ellis 0 0 30 5 1 1 0 13 54 4.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 0 19 1 0 1 0 5 42 8.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Brad Fash 0 0 15 3 1 0 0 3 19 6.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Manu Vatuvei 2 0 4 1 1 11 0 20 166 8.30 3 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Niall Evalds 1 0 6 0 1 3 0 7 106 15.14 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Joshua Jones 0 0 19 3 4 11 0 13 106 8.15 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jake Bibby 0 2 9 0 2 2 0 11 105 9.55 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    George Griffin 0 0 28 4 4 2 0 12 86 7.17 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Kris Welham 0 0 15 1 9 2 0 15 81 5.40 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Greg Johnson 0 0 7 1 1 0 0 11 78 7.09 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 0
    Ben Murdoch-Masila 0 0 21 2 1 2 0 11 75 6.82 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Adam Walne 0 0 14 1 3 1 0 8 63 7.88 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Tyrone McCarthy 0 0 39 8 7 2 0 10 61 6.10 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Craig Kopczak 0 0 26 7 2 0 0 7 56 8.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Weller Hauraki 0 0 33 6 2 0 0 9 52 5.78 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Robert Lui 1 1 19 4 5 2 8 11 50 4.55 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 0
    Olsi Krasniqi 0 0 21 4 0 0 0 4 37 9.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Logan Tomkins 0 1 44 5 8 0 0 5 18 3.60 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Todd Carney 0 0 14 2 2 0 0 2 14 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 2 0 0
    Gareth O'Brien 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

    Stats Key

    T: Tries
    TA: Try assists
    TK: Tackles
    MT: Marker tackles
    MI: Missed tackles
    TB: Tackle busts
    AT: Attacking kicks
    C: Carries
    M: Metres
    AG: Av gain
    CB: Clean break
    DR: Run from dummy half
    E: Errors
    FT: Forty twenty
    G: Goals
    MG: Missed goals
    OF: Offload
    P: Penalties