St Helens 38-12 Hull FC

Friday 14th September 2018
KO: 19:45 - Round: 5

38-12 FT

HT: 18 12

Official: C Kendall

Venue: Totally Wicked Stadium

  • St Helens

  • Tries
    Mark Percival 2, Morgan Knowles, Luke Thompson, Regan Grace 2,

  • Goals
    Danny Richardson 7,

  • Drop Goals

  • Hull FC

  • Tries
    Jordan Lane, Brad Fash,

  • Goals
    Bureta Faraimo, Jake Connor,

  • Drop Goals

Official Report / Commentary

St Helens shrugged off their late-season wobble to lift the League Leaders’ Shield for the sixth time in the Betfred Super League era.

England centre Mark Percival and exciting winger Regan Grace scored two tries apiece as Saints overcame injury-hit Hull FC 38-12 at the Totally Wicked Stadium.

Justin Holbrook’s men have led the table all season but they missed a chance to secure the shield a fortnight ago as Wigan Warriors condemned them to a second successive home defeat, which came on the heels of their shock Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final exit to eventual winners Catalans Dragons.

However, they made no mistake this time as they cruised to a fourth win of the season over the Black and Whites, who have now lost their last nine matches.

Morgan Knowles and Luke Thompson also crossed for the home side as Danny Richardson kicked seven goals, with tries from Jordan Lane and Brad Fash briefly bringing Hull back to 12-12 before the Saints ran ahead comfortable winners.

Saints head coach Justin Holbrook: "It  was a good performance from us tonight,” Holbrook said. “It’s a good achievement to be rewarded as the most consistent team over the 30 rounds and I’m proud of the boys.

"As we all know, it’s Old Trafford that counts but I don’t want to downplay this. The whole season is built on the end of the year but it’s a nice thing to collect on the way through and great recognition for the club.

"Everybody who was eligible got to play tonight. It was great for the young boys to get a taste and play well.

"I thought James Bentley was fantastic. He’s tried hard all year for Sheffield and really stood up and handled it well, playing 80 minutes in the back row. He did a good job and I’m happy for him."

Hull head coach Lee Radford said: "The rot has set in and we’ll need pre-season to remind some of these blokes of the players they can be,” Radford said.

"I was disappointed with some of the attempted efforts for the tries conceded. Two in the first half were not acceptable.

"I thought Masi Matongo was the second best player on the field behind (Luke) Thompson. I thought his efforts were phenomenal.

"We’ve just got to get some of that want and desire and response to adversity to rub off on to other blokes. He was pretty inspirational for us tonight."

  • 72: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 72: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 60: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 60: TRY! scored for St Helens by Regan Grace
  • 54: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 54: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 50: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 39: TRY! scored for St Helens by Luke Thompson
  • 39: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 36: TRY! scored for Hull by Brad Fash
  • 36: GOAL! scored for Hull by Jake Connor
  • 22: GOAL! scored for Hull by Bureta Faraimo
  • 22: TRY! scored for Hull by Jordan Lane
  • 13: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • 13: TRY! scored for St Helens by Morgan Knowles
  • 10: TRY! scored for St Helens by Mark Percival
  • 10: GOAL! scored for St Helens by Danny Richardson
  • Key Performers

    Hakim Miloudi

    Offloads: 4

    Mark Percival

    Metres: 203

    Luke Thompson

    Metres: 198

    Regan Grace

    Metres: 155
    Clean Breaks: 3

    Head to Head

    Tries:

    Saints 6
    Hull 2

    Goals:

    Saints 7
    Hull 2

    METRES:

    Saints 1610
    Hull 1157

    CARRIES:

    Saints 173
    Hull 169

    TACKLES:

    Saints 326
    Hull 305

    OFFLOADS:

    Saints 8
    Hull 13

    PENALTIES:

    Saints 9
    Hull 6

    BREAKS:

    Saints 9
    Hull 3

    Full Match Statistics

    Player T TA TK MT MI TB AT C M AG CB DR E FT G MG OF P
    Mark Percival 2 1 18 0 2 10 0 19 203 10.68 2 1 3 0 0 0 1 0
    Luke Thompson 1 0 26 3 1 4 0 14 198 14.14 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Regan Grace 2 0 4 0 2 7 0 11 155 14.09 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Kyle Amor 0 0 26 3 6 1 0 14 145 10.36 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0
    Thomas Makinson 0 0 5 0 2 6 0 14 129 9.21 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
    Luke Douglas 0 0 24 6 1 0 0 12 128 10.67 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jack Ashworth 0 0 16 4 4 2 0 11 108 9.82 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0
    Jonathan Lomax 0 1 16 2 3 1 1 12 92 7.67 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 0
    James Bentley 0 1 46 9 3 1 0 11 84 7.64 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Jon Wilkin 0 0 42 3 1 0 0 12 83 6.92 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Lees 0 0 19 2 3 0 0 9 77 8.56 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
    Matthew Costello 0 0 20 2 2 0 1 9 64 7.11 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0
    Ben Barba 0 1 2 0 2 4 1 11 49 4.45 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Danny Richardson 0 0 13 1 5 4 4 6 45 7.50 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 1
    Morgan Knowles 1 1 39 10 4 4 0 5 27 5.40 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 2
    Jake Spedding 0 0 5 2 0 0 0 2 13 6.50 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Jack Welsby 0 0 5 1 1 0 0 1 10 10.00 0 0 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
    Josh Griffin 0 0 8 1 1 1 0 14 134 9.57 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 1
    Hakim Miloudi 0 0 1 0 5 13 2 19 122 6.42 0 6 1 0 0 0 4 0
    Fetuli Talanoa 0 0 2 0 0 2 0 13 100 7.69 0 2 3 0 0 0 0 0
    Bureta Faraimo 0 0 7 0 2 5 0 14 94 6.71 0 3 3 0 1 0 1 0
    Masimbaashe Matongo 0 0 31 2 1 3 0 13 87 6.69 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Dean Hadley 0 0 48 9 3 2 0 17 84 4.94 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1
    Brad Fash 1 0 23 3 1 3 0 8 76 9.50 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
    Jordan Lane 1 0 24 1 6 3 0 9 68 7.56 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
    Cameron Scott 0 0 12 0 6 0 0 13 67 5.15 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Scott Taylor 0 0 28 3 4 2 0 7 62 8.86 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jez Litten 0 1 30 5 2 4 0 8 60 7.50 1 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Liam Harris 0 0 24 5 4 0 2 8 53 6.63 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
    Danny Washbrook 0 0 32 4 5 1 0 8 40 5.00 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 0
    Sika Manu 0 0 9 1 2 1 0 5 37 7.40 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jake Connor 0 0 4 0 0 2 6 8 34 4.25 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
    Lewis Bienek 0 0 9 0 1 0 0 3 22 7.33 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Jordan Abdull 0 1 13 0 1 0 0 2 17 8.50 0 1 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