A late try from debutante Jake Connor saw Hull FC claim their 4th consecutive opening round win, beginning the 2017 Super League campaign in rancid conditions at the Beaumont Legal Stadium.
In a match that only saw two tries scored, the Black & Whites managed to hold on in the last moments of the match when it looked like the hosts had gone over to claim the win. However, Hull’s defence managed to knock the ball dead, and win the contest 12-8.
In a game dominated by the forwards, it was always clear that the game wasn’t going to be the best in terms of entertainment value, but Lee Radford’s side managed to hold their nerve despite blowing several chances on the Trinity line.
FC went into the game with an almost full strength side; Gareth Ellis returned from injury which saw him miss all 5 pre-season games, with only Josh Bowden missing with an ankle injury. Albert Kelly, Josh Griffin and match winner Jake Connor would all make their debuts.
Meanwhile, Chris Chester had a fully fit squad available at his disposal, despite Mitch Allgood. Sam Williams, Scott Grix, Craig Huby and Kyle Wood all made their first competitive appearance for the club.
Hull FC started the game the better side, opting to take kicks for goal when the chances arose, rather than going for the try. The mindset was clear that every point on offer in the early stages would be taken.
Marc Sneyd kicked three penalty goals inside the first 20 minutes to give the visitors a 6-0 lead. In a fairly uneventful first half, Sam Williams would also add a goal for Wakey to make the half-time score 6-2.
But it wouldn’t take Wakefield long after the break to get the first try of the match; Scott Grix put a kick into the in-goal area and managed to get on the end of his own kick to score on his debut. Williams converted to give Trinity a 8-6 lead.
A few errors began to creep into Hull’s game, and Wakefield found themselves on top for a period of the game. However, FC’s forward trio of Scott Taylor, Liam Watts and Gareth Ellis continued to make big yards putting Hull in good chances to finish sets with a try.
Marc Sneyd landed a 40/20 with around 25 minutes left in the game, but it proved not to be game changing as nothing came of the following set.
With 10 minutes left on the clock though, Hull went over for the decisive try. Marc Sneyd put up a hanging kick into the in-goal area, Trinity were unable to deal with the ball and the knock-out meant Jake Connor could dive over for a debut try. Sneyd converted easily and Hull had a 12-8 lead.
Wakefield however had a late chance to win the game in the last minute. Scott Grix hacked the ball forward and raced to try and put the ball down, but Fetuli Talanoa managed to get there first and punch the ball out of the field of play. FC held on for big 2 points.
— Josh Griffin (@joshogriffo) February 12, 2017
Lee Radford was more than impressed with the win today. In a match with conditions like that, the match could go either way and the boys did incredibly well to hold their nerve for their big chance to come close to the end of the game.
— Liam Watts (@WATTSY7890) February 12, 2017
Next up for Hull is the Catalans Dragons in a fortnight. The match will be a very interesting one with the Dragons claiming a somewhat shock victory over the Warrington Wolves on Saturday. It’s hard to judge Hull FC after today’s match considering the weather so we could see a very different performance during the home opener.
— Scott Taylor (@ScottTagTaylor) February 12, 2017