A 73rd minute Carlos Tuimavave try proved the difference between Hull FC and Wakefield Trinity in an entertaining 20-14 affair at the KCOM Stadium, which headlined a Friday night Betfred Super League triple-header.
The hosts went into an 8-0 lead after 31 minutes with Andre Savelio crashing over and Marc Sneyd adding the resulting conversion and a penalty goal. However, Wakefield closed the gap just before half-time as winger Lee Kershaw plucked a floating pass out of the air and raced 90 metres to score.
The sides went back-and-forth again in the second half with Adam Swift extending Hull FC’s lead before James Batchelor kept Trinity in touching distance with his effort ten minutes into the second half.
Wakefield halfback Mason Lino ensured we were in for an exciting final 13 minutes as he was the benefactor of a charged down Sneyd kick, sprinting 40 metres to finish and draw the sides level. He couldn’t convert to give Chris Chester’s side the lead.
With seven minutes left on the clock, Tuimavave sliced through the Wakefield defence and that was enough to maintain Brett Hodgson’s unbeaten start as Hull FC boss.
Hull Kingston Rovers were dominant in a 26-6 win over Leeds Rhinos with a Kane Linnett hat-trick inspiring Tony Smith’s side to a second consecutive Betfred Super League victory.
Ryan Hall opened the scoring for the Robins with his 200th Betfred Super League try. Fellow former Rhino Matt Parcell followed up five minutes later against his former employers.
Following Linnett’s first of the evening, Leeds hit back thanks to hooker Brad Dwyer. However, 48th and 68th minute efforts from Linnett sealed a hat-trick for the back-rower and also two Betfred Super League points for the Rovers.
Salford Red Devils earned their first Betfred Super League victory of 2021 as an impressive second half performance saw them see off winless Leigh Centurions 34-8.
John Duffy’s men went into half-time with a narrow 6-8 lead following tries from Matty Russell and Iain Thornley. James Greenwood nothed Salford’s only try of the first half.
Richard Marshall’s side came out a different side after the interval scoring 28 unanswered points to cruise to victory at the AJ Bell Stadium.
Halfback Kevin Brown put Salford ahead before a breakaway Ken Sio effort on the hour-mark was the beginning of the end of Leigh’s hopes of earning their first points of the season.
Brown went on to double his account for the evening while Chris Atkin and Harvey Livett were also on the scoresheet for the hosts.
Betfred Super League Results:
Thursday 22 April
Wigan Warriors 22-12 Castleford Tigers
Huddersfield Giants 10-18 St Helens
Friday 23 April
Hull KR 26-6 Leeds Rhinos
Salford Red Devils 34-8 Leigh Centurions
Hull FC 20-14 Wakefield Trinity