St Helens 6-8 Hull FC

Friday 11th August 2017
KO: 20:00 - Round: 2

6-8 FT

HT: 6 6

Official: J Child

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Regan Grace,

  • Goals
    Mark Percival,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Marc Sneyd,

  • Goals
    Marc Sneyd 2,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

Marc Sneyd hit a 50-metre penalty to bag the points for Hull in a low-quality 8-6 Betfred Super 8s win at St Helens.

The rain hammered down from the first minute to the last and it was the solo effort and game management of Sneyd that won it for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup finalists.

With the game on a knife-edge and the clock ticking down, Hull took their opportunity to land a penalty from the half-way line, Saints turning down an easier opportunity minutes earlier which proved to be the difference between the sides.

The rain-soaked turf was the only obstacle Sneyd had to contend with and his effort was bang on target to give Lee Radford’s men the opportunity to close the game out.

It was Justin Holbrook’s side who registered the first points of the evening, as Regan Grace touched down in style out wide after Mark Percival had created the opening.

With lashing rain impacting the quality of the clash, classy half-back Sneyd's footwork deceived the Saints defenders five minutes before half-time and he stepped his way to the line before levelling it up with a routine conversion.

Holbrook criticised his side's performance.

“It wasn’t a good display, was it?" said Holbrook. "They dropped as much ball as us.

"Unfortunately it was one of the worst games of rugby league I have been involved in. I felt sorry for you guys and the fans for watching it.

There wasn’t much in it and a 50-metre penalty goal was the difference."

Hull coach Lee Radford offered his apologies for the drab standard of rugby over 80 minutes.

“I want to apologise for the standard but I don’t want you (the media) to undersell that result, though, as it was huge for us," he said. "Don’t underwrite this one.

"We had some adversity and we had to throw Albert Kelly in as he wasn’t down to play last night.

"We lost Fetuli Talanoa (sickness) and Mahe Fonua’s partner went in to have a baby. We had to rearrange a few things.

“All that being said, it was the ugliest, prettiest result we have had in a long time."

  • 64: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 35: TRY! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 35: GOAL! scored for Hull by Marc Sneyd
  • 4: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 4: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • Key Performers

    Mark Percival

    Metres 172
    3 3

    Alex Walmsley

    Metres 180
    3 3

    James Roby

    Tackles 51
    3 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    St Helens 2
    Hull FC 2

    Goals:

    St Helens 2
    Hull FC 4

    METRES:

    St Helens 1234
    Hull FC 1080

    CARRIES:

    St Helens 163
    Hull FC 171

    TACKLES:

    St Helens 372
    Hull FC 315

    OFFLOADS:

    St Helens 6
    Hull FC 7

    PENALTIES:

    St Helens 7
    Hull FC 10

    BREAKS:

    St Helens 2
    Hull FC 1

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Regan Grace 1 0 1 1 0 3 0 13 134 10.31 0 3 5 0 0 0 2 0
    Morgan Knowles 0 0 36 7 1 0 0 5 25 5.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 21 7 1 0 0 8 37 4.63 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Alex Walmsley 0 0 25 7 1 3 0 20 180 9.00 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Matthew Smith 0 0 5 0 1 0 4 1 7 7.00 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 42 10 3 0 0 7 29 4.14 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Dominique Peyroux 0 0 28 6 2 0 0 9 57 6.33 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Zeb Taia 0 0 23 5 4 2 0 15 113 7.53 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook 0 0 26 5 1 1 0 9 62 6.89 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    James Roby 0 0 51 10 1 1 0 6 51 8.50 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Luke Thompson 0 0 37 13 1 0 0 12 95 7.92 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Danny Richardson 0 0 9 1 1 0 1 2 15 7.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Theo Fages 0 0 24 5 3 0 0 4 7 1.75 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1
    Mark Percival 0 1 10 0 1 6 0 17 172 10.12 1 1 3 0 1 0 1 0
    Ryan Morgan 0 0 27 5 1 0 0 5 20 4.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 3 0 1 3 0 14 126 9.00 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 16 104 6.50 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Marc Sneyd 1 0 13 0 0 2 6 4 27 6.75 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 1
    Carlos Tuimavave 0 0 15 1 1 3 0 13 85 6.54 0 8 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jordan Thompson 0 0 17 3 0 1 0 10 41 4.10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Josh Griffin 0 0 6 1 1 4 0 10 77 7.70 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Connor 0 1 4 0 0 3 3 8 24 3.00 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 1
    Steven Michaels 0 0 2 0 0 1 0 14 71 5.07 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Albert Kelly 0 0 15 0 4 1 1 5 37 7.40 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 2
    Scott Taylor 0 0 25 4 3 2 0 20 145 7.25 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Danny Houghton 0 0 50 4 0 0 0 5 43 8.60 0 5 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Liam Watts 0 0 26 7 1 4 0 16 111 6.94 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 1
    Jansin Turgut 0 0 31 3 3 0 0 17 91 5.35 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
    Sika Manu 0 0 22 3 0 0 0 10 59 5.90 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Gareth Ellis 0 0 33 0 3 2 0 17 140 8.24 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Chris Green 0 0 22 6 2 0 0 8 52 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 0 12 2 1 0 0 6 42 7.00 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Brad Fash 0 0 9 2 0 0 0 5 22 4.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Masimbaashe Matongo 0 0 13 1 0 0 0 3 13 4.33 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