St Helens 31-10 Hull FC

Friday 2nd September 2016
KO: 20:00 - Round: 4

31-10 FT

HT: 10 6

Attendance: 10,086

Official: C Campbell

Venue: Langtree Park

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Jack Owens 2, Matty Fleming, Atelea Vea 2,

  • Goals
    Jack Owens 5,

  • Drop GoalsJordan Turner,

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Mahe Fonua, Sika Manu,

  • Goals
    Curtis Naughton,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Hull FC's under-strength side produced a valiant effort to ensure there was no Wembley hangover but it was not enough to prevent St Helens securing a 31-10 win in the First Utility Super League Super 8s.

Winger Jack Owens scored 18 points with two tries and five goals as Saints took another significant step towards clinching a semi-final spot.

With an eye on bigger games to come in the Super 8s, coach Lee Radford rang the changes for the Super League leaders but, led by former St Helens favourite Leon Pryce, the Black and Whites looked anything but a weakened team as they bossed the game for long periods.

Mahe Fonua's try gave Hull a deserved lead but Saints full-back Jonny Lomax came up with two acts of class to get Owens and centre Matty Fleming over for two quick-fire tries.

Substitute Atelea Vea crossed in the second half but St Helens conceded a drop-out by failing to secure the restart and Sika Manu pulled a try back for Hull.

Vea's second try was added to by a Jordan Turner drop goal before Owens converted his second try.

Radford said: "I didn't know what to expect tonight, having seen some of the states they were in earlier in the week. It's a fine line between telling them to stop and not giving the cup win the celebration it deserves. 

"We understood we would be under the pump a bit but I thought the effort outstanding and, had we taken a couple of opportunities in the second half and it could have been a different story."

Saints coach Keiron Cunningham added: "Things are getting pretty serious now. We've got three games left and there are lots of positions up for grabs. You just never know where you could finish if you do the right things."

  • 76: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 76: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 74: Goal scored for St Helens by Jordan Turner
  • 71: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 71: TRY! scored for St Helens by Atelea Vea
  • 58: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 54: TRY! scored for Hull by Sika Manu
  • 51: TRY! scored for St Helens by Atelea Vea
  • 51: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 25: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 25: TRY! scored for St Helens by Matty Fleming
  • 21: TRY! scored for St Helens by Jack Owens
  • 4: TRY! scored for Hull by Mahe Fonua
  • 4: GOAL! scored for Hull by Curtis Naughton
  • Key Performers

    Adam Swift

    Metres 165
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    St Helens 5
    Hull FC 2

    Goals:

    St Helens 5
    Hull FC 1

    METRES:

    St Helens 1198
    Hull FC 1005

    CARRIES:

    St Helens 163
    Hull FC 182

    TACKLES:

    St Helens 341
    Hull FC 274

    OFFLOADS:

    St Helens 4
    Hull FC 13

    PENALTIES:

    St Helens 7
    Hull FC 6

    BREAKS:

    St Helens 5
    Hull FC 5

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Atelea Vea 2 0 24 2 0 1 0 11 78 7.09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Owens 2 0 7 1 0 1 0 17 144 8.47 2 1 1 0 5 1 0 0
    Matthew Fleming 1 0 21 2 1 0 0 6 29 4.83 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 25 2 0 2 0 4 21 5.25 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 4 0 1 0 0 2 15 7.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 27 6 1 1 0 15 126 8.40 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 34 3 1 0 5 12 70 5.83 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 3
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 23 4 1 0 0 10 47 4.70 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Joe Greenwood 0 0 31 3 3 1 0 5 21 4.20 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Greg Richards 0 0 19 2 1 0 0 3 15 5.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    James Roby 0 1 38 5 1 1 1 12 109 9.08 0 12 2 0 0 0 1 0
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 21 4 2 2 0 15 118 7.87 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 25 2 1 3 4 9 59 6.56 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Jordan Turner 0 1 22 0 2 0 2 8 30 3.75 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Adam Swift 0 0 5 0 0 5 0 15 165 11.00 1 4 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 11 0 1 2 0 10 83 8.30 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 3 4 0 0 3 0 9 68 7.56 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mahe Fonua 1 0 12 3 2 1 0 9 36 4.00 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Sika Manu 1 0 28 6 0 2 0 15 93 6.20 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Fetuli Talanoa 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 11 42 3.82 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Steven Michaels 0 0 5 2 1 1 0 12 61 5.08 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jamie Shaul 0 0 5 1 0 1 1 13 90 6.92 1 2 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Curtis Naughton 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 8 49 6.13 0 2 2 0 1 1 0 1
    Leon Pryce 0 1 10 0 1 0 1 9 54 6.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Jordan Abdull 0 0 12 2 2 2 6 10 48 4.80 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Josh Bowden 0 0 18 1 1 0 0 11 61 5.55 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 0 33 6 3 0 1 12 58 4.83 1 3 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Green 0 0 20 7 0 1 0 14 81 5.79 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Dean Hadley 0 0 28 3 2 0 0 10 53 5.30 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Thompson 0 0 23 2 5 2 0 13 77 5.92 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Watts 0 0 20 4 4 2 2 14 108 7.71 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Iafeta Palea'aesina 0 0 18 4 0 2 0 8 46 5.75 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Frank Pritchard 0 0 24 2 0 1 0 10 40 4.00 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 1
    Jack Downs 0 0 9 1 0 1 0 3 8 2.67 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