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Hull FC 30 Catalan Dragons 10: Black and Whites close on top four

Hull FC 30 Catalan Dragons 10: Black and Whites home in on top four spot

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UPDATED:

17:14 GMT, 12 August 2012

Hull FC dismantled a powerful Catalan Dragons side at the KC Stadium in a convincing win that displayed their credentials of claiming a top-four spot.

The Black-and-Whites closed the gap between themselves and the French side to two points as Ben Crooks grabbed his fourth try in as many games and Jamie Foster scored 14 points.

Willie Manu grabbed the first try of the match before Vincent Duport hit back for the Dragons to level it up. Either side of the break Lineham, Briscoe and Chris Green extended the home side's lead to 24-6 and, after Duport pulled a try back, Foster sealed it with a late try in the corner.

Try time: Tom Lineham scores under pressure from Clint Greenshields

Try time: Tom Lineham scores under pressure from Clint Greenshields

The Dragons came into the game level on points with both St Helens and Leeds Rhinos in fourth spot but in the 10th minute Hull had their first good field position as Manu's tackle dislodged the ball from Damien Blanch inside the French side's 20.

The Airlie Birds were over seconds later when a short pass from Danny Houghton found Manu for the try under the posts, and Foster added the two points.

A quarter of an hour in Lineham looked to be on his way to a sensational long-range try but a penalty was called against his side for obstruction.

Wrapped up: David Ferriol is tackled by Martin Aspinwall and Andy Lynch (right)

Wrapped up: David Ferriol is tackled by Martin Aspinwall and Andy Lynch (right)

That gave the visitors good position and some nice hands from Louis Anderson allowed Duport to crash over in the corner, Scott Dureau levelling it up with the conversion from the touchline.

After seeing off some concerted pressure from the Dragons, FC forced a drop-out on the half-hour from a well executed Brett Seymour grubber kick. Jordan Turner sent Lineham on his way to score in the corner – showing great finishing skills in the process – before Foster converted for a six-point lead.

Hull started the second half the stronger with a nice chip from Ryan McGoldrick forcing a drop-out after five minutes. Manu broke two tackles whilst stepping inside and supplied the on-rushing Chris Green for the try under the posts, Foster converting again to extend the lead to 12.

Louis Anderson

The visitors found themselves close to the FC line on 50 minutes, but a kick from Dureau was blocked and picked up by Briscoe, and the Featherstone-born player then ran 90 metres untouched for a great try.

FC extended their lead further nine minutes later to 18 with a penalty by Foster.

The Dragons regained the ball from the restart and reduced the gap to 14 when Duport grabbed his second try by bulldozing his way over in the corner.

With just over 10 minutes to go they forced a drop-out, but subsequent pressure was not utilised as Remi Casty knocked on in a good position.
Foster then sealed the win for FC as he went over the in the corner to push his side back up to sixth in the table.

Hull KR 18 Hull 32

Hull KR 18 Hull 32: Visitors boost play-off hopes with deserved derby victory

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UPDATED:

21:25 GMT, 23 July 2012

Hull coach Peter Gentle's bold selection gamble paid off as the Black and Whites got the better of their arch rivals in their Stobart Super League derby at Craven Park to secure only their second win in eight games.

Gentle responded to his team's dismal form by dropping Australian scrum-half Brett Seymour, their high-profile signing for 2013, and they looked a transformed side as they boosted their flagging play-off hopes.

Hull's victory lifted them above fast-fading Huddersfield into seventh place and left the Robins struggling to make the top eight after a fourth consecutive defeat.

Going over: Hull FC's Kirk Yeaman (right) scores his sides third try

Going over: Hull FC's Kirk Yeaman (right) scores his sides third try

Gentle experimented with a new half-back pairing of Aaron Heremaia and Ryan McGoldrick and also gave debuts to on-loan St Helens winger Jamie Foster and local youngster Tom Lineham, taking the number of players he has used so far this season to 34.

Foster, who landed the injury-time penalty that earned St Helens a 36-36 draw against Hull KR on this ground in March, kicked six goals from as many attempts to make it a memorable debut.

Foster actually made the worst possible start by putting the ball out on the full from the kick-off but he quickly made amends by bundling Rovers winger David Hodgson into touch to save a try and kicked immaculately throughout.

The Robins took the lead with a fifth-minute penalty from Michael Dobson but they were badly out of sorts throughout a first half in which their opponents carved out all the scoring opportunities.

McGoldrick rounded Dobson to score straight from a scrum, awarded after full-back Shannon McDonnell had fumbled Foster's restart, and centre Jordan Turner added a second try following a break by impressive full-back Richard Horne.

Turner was forced off shortly afterwards after taking a heavy tackle for which Rovers second-rower Con Mika was put on report, while the visitors also suffered an injury blow when McDonnell limped off on 26 minutes.

Former Hull player Graeme Horne went closest to scoring for the visitors, having the ball stripped from his grasp as he went for the line, while Hull's England winger Tom Briscoe was denied a try after putting a foot in touch.

The Black and Whites extended their lead just before half-time with a Foster penalty but it was down to just six points six minutes into the second half when Hull KR scored their first try.

It followed a fumble by Richard Horne, who failed to clear the danger caused by Dobson's kick, and presented forward James Laithwaite with his first Super League try after video referee Ian Smith gave him the benefit of the doubt.

Dobson kicked his second goal but Hull quickly exposed their opponents' defensive weaknesses to restore their 12-point advantage.

Dobson got back to deny McGoldrick after a superb break by Watts but there was no stopping second-rower Willie Manu as he broke clean through Rovers' defence to get centre Kirk Yeaman over for a third try.

At 20-8, Hull looked to have the game in the bag but memories of their collapse at the Etihad Stadium, where they let slip a 30-14 lead, came flooding back as Rovers staged a stirring fightback, scoring two tries in five minutes to close the gap to just two points.

Dobson broke clear to send prop Mickey Paea charging over and loose forward Josh Hodgson took Lincoln Withers' pass from dummy half to go over.

Rovers ought to have added a third try when Dobson produced another clean break but Briscoe and Lineham got back to bring down the supporting Sam Latus 10 yards short of the line.

The visitors took full advantage of the let-off when loose forward Richard Whiting took McGoldrick's defence-splitting pass to score his side's fourth try and Hull made sure of the win when Foster got Briscoe over four minutes from the end.

London Broncos 12 Hull FC 14

London Broncos 12 Hull FC 14: Tickle has last laugh for play-off chasing visitors

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UPDATED:

16:30 GMT, 20 May 2012

Danny Tickle's late penalty proved crucial as Hull FC edged out the London Broncos in a tight contest at Gillingham's Priestfield Stadium.

Tickle's successful kick 12 minutes from time gave Hull an eight-point lead and London were unable to make up that gap despite going over for a converted try soon after.

Hull's victory, which also saw Tickle convert tries from Ben Crooks and Richard Whiting, helps the Black and Whites maintain their play-off push while the Broncos continue to struggle at the wrong end of the table after losing a match they could easily have won.

Kicking king: Danny Tickle scored a late penalty to help Hull to victory

Kicking king: Danny Tickle scored a late penalty to help Hull to victory

The hosts were missing Matt Cook after he picked up a knock in the Challenge Cup quarter-final defeat at Huddersfield last weekend.

The Broncos mixed things up by moving Dan Sarginson to stand-off, with Michael Witt switching to hooker and Omari Caro starting on the wing.

But there was better injury news for the visitors, with both Joe Westerman (shoulder) and Richard Horne (groin) returning among the replacements.

While Hull entered the game buoyed by their recent victory over Leeds, and with a top-eight finish pretty much in the bag, the Londoners found themselves in a scrap to avoid being cut adrift at the foot of the Super League table.

Rob Powell's men had just two wins to their name all season, and came up short when they took their last home game on the road, a disappointing loss to Bradford at Leyton Orient.

But they started the game on the front foot, with repeated sets in the Hull half finally seeing Kieran Dixon speed in at the corner inside the first 10 minutes.

Going nowhere: Daniel Sarginson is tackled by Danny Houghton and Willie Manu

Going nowhere: Daniel Sarginson is tackled by Danny Houghton and Willie Manu

Scrum-half Craig Gower was pulling all the strings, with the veteran's kicking game pinning Hull back.

The visitors were producing a very sloppy display, with handling errors to the fore.

But with the hosts failing to cash in their ascendancy, and Sarginson being forced to depart with a head injury, Hull struck back midway through the half with a try from Crooks after good work from Willie Manu.

Gower thought he had given London the lead again just before the break when he stretched over, only for referee Thierry Alibert to chalk it off for crossing.

The sloppiness continued after the interval, with handling errors stopping Hull gaining any momentum.

But it was Manu again that got them going, showing great strength to move the visitors to the line, with Whiting applying the finishing touch on 50 minutes.

In vain: Kieran Dixon scores a try for London Broncos but they slipped to defeat

In vain: Kieran Dixon scores a try for London Broncos but they slipped to defeat

The Broncos were having plenty of possession, but a lack of creativity was proving their undoing.

And as the half progressed the Black and Whites finally began exerting some authority, Horne's kicking pinning London back at their sticks.

The game was still tight on the scoreboard, but Hull nudged further ahead when Tickle booted a penalty after Shane Rodney transgressed.

The Broncos came straight back though, Michael Robertson cashing in with a try on 72 minutes after Gower's kick confused the Hull defence.

The Londoners continued to press, but were unable to find that decisive score.

Willie Manu to leave Hull

Hull resigned to losing Manu after forward is given permission to talk to other clubs

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UPDATED:

18:10 GMT, 30 April 2012

Hull have admitted failure in their battle to hold onto second row forward Willie Manu.

The 32-year-old Tonga international, who is out of contract at the end of the season, has been given permission to speak to other clubs after repeatedly turning down offers of a new deal from the Black and Whites.

St Helens and Catalan Dragons are thought to be competing for the signature of Manu, who has been a major success since joining Hull from Castleford in 2007 and is in the Exiles squad for the mid-season internationals against England.

Exit: Hull FC's Willie Manu will leave at the end of the season

Exit: Hull FC's Willie Manu will leave at the end of the season

Hull director of rugby Shaun McRae said: 'We're obviously disappointed that Willie has decided to finish his career away from Hull FC but we wish him well for the future.

'We made Willie a number of large offers that would have made him considerably one of the highest earners at the club but he has decided to look for a contact elsewhere.'

Although Hull were keen to keep Manu, they have a ready-made replacement in England international Gareth Ellis, who has agreed a three-year contract from 2013, and are hoping to tie his second-row partner Danny Tickle to a new deal.

Hull 12 Wigan 56: Warriors keep the pressure on

Hull 12 Wigan 56: Warriors keep the pressure on Giants with big win

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UPDATED:

17:34 GMT, 22 April 2012

Pat Richards produced an outstanding performance as Wigan kept the pressure on Stobart Super League leaders Huddersfield with a big victory over Hull that will prove a timely reminder for their rivals.

Winger Richards scored a hat-trick and finished with a 26-point individual haul in a crushing triumph which saw the Warriors outscore their hosts 10 tries to two at the KC Stadium.

In a battle between two in the leading sides in the standings, Wigan reinforced their second position and looked every bit Grand Final contenders while Hull fell out the top four for the first time since last month after successive league defeats.

Romp: Wigan cruised to victory

Romp: Wigan cruised to victory

Three tries inside the opening 15 minutes gave the Warriors the platform to go on and record an emphatic victory.

Having taken the lead inside two minutes through Richards, the former Man of Steel winner soon doubled the Warriors' advantage, touching down one handed after rounding opposite number Will Sharp on the last tackle.

Hull had gone into the match missing a host of first-team players including their half-back duo of Brett Seymour and Richard Horne.

Forced into making changes to their side once again, Hull looked ill at ease in defence and the manner in which Gareth Hock crashed over the line for Wigan's third try despite having a collection of black and whites shirts around him will have worried home coach Peter Gentle.

Hull's impressive start to the season which had taken them as high as second at Easter has been built on a robust defence but against a fast and direct Wigan outfit the meanest defence in the competition were having real trouble containing their opponents.

Steadying the ship, the re-introduction of prop Sam Moa alongside the old head of Lee Radford, back out of retirement once again to aid Hull's injury cause, the home side finally found their way into the game and began enjoying an equal share of possession.

However, unlike their opponents, Hull could not find a clinical edge within sight of the Wigan line and the Warriors made sure they paid for their profligacy with a further two tries inside the closing minutes of the first half.

First full-back Sam Tomkins touched down after chasing his own kick which was directed to the foot of the posts, then Super League's top try scorer Josh Charnley showed his pace in leaving behind England winger Tom Briscoe as he raced for the try line.

Any hopes Hull had of a turnaround in fortunes and change to the pattern of the match after the interval lasted just two minutes when with their first set of the half Wigan scored again, Richards completing his hat-trick with a trademark catch from a cross-field kick by Brett Finch.

A Michael McIlorum try soon after took Wigan to the 40-point mark but to their credit Hull would not lie down and hit back with two tries of their own from Jamie Ellis and Sharp.

That was as good as it got for Hull, though, and a second try for Charnley followed by late score for Thomas Leuluai and Finch concluded a thoroughly one-sided affair.

St Helens 10 Hull 22

St Helens 10 Hull 22: Black and Whites fight back to pile misery on Saints

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UPDATED:

22:58 GMT, 9 March 2012

Hull came from behind to consign St Helens to their fourth game without a win.

The Black and Whites produced a resilient performance to keep chipping away at a Saints side low on confidence, if not commitment.

Saints had led 10-4 and appeared in control until the game turned when Jordan Turner raced the length of the field from a sloppy Josh Perry pass.

Going nowhere: St Helens' Anthony Laffranchi tackles Hull FC's Tom Briscoe

Going nowhere: St Helens' Anthony Laffranchi tackles Hull FC's Tom Briscoe

Three Danny Tickle penalties had more or less clinched it for Hull before Wade McKinnon nipped on to a Richard Horne grubber to twist the knife, and send the Saints fans in the 14,875 crowd home unhappy.

Saints got off to an awful start when the Hull kick-off was left by Lee Gaskell and bounced through the fingers of a surprised Tony Puletua to gift the visitors a period of early pressure.

Hull forced a repeat set from a smart kick from Brett Seymour, but the resolute home defence stood firm.

Saints took play downfield and had an early chance to open their account when Jonny Lomax dabbed through a fine attacking grubber, which just evaded the grasp of the supporting prop Anthony Laffranchi.

Both sides tested each other out with long raking kicks on both sides making both teams bring the ball from deep.

The game remained scoreless until the 22nd minute when, after Tickle had been penalised for a heavy challenge on Sia Soliola, Saints made their good position tell.

The ball was flashed right, with Lomax, Lance Hohaia and Michael Shenton releasing wing Ade Gardner who had two men to beat on the line, but went head first to touch the ball down.

Jamie Foster, back in the side after being dropped last week, just drifted his touchline conversion attempt to the left of the uprights.

Hull hit back on the half-hour mark when a sizzling solo effort from full-back McKinnon left the Saints defence clutching thin air on his dummying and stepping run to the line.

Tickle missed the conversion and there was no further score with the teams going in level at the break.

Saints were first on the scoresheet six minutes after the restart when big man Puletua dummied and turned to stretch over for a try goaled by Foster.

Saints seemed to have the game in control and were playing a patient brand of football until Perry's attempted flick pass went to ground and was snapped up by speedster Turner, who raced 80 metres to touch down.

Tickle's touchline conversion just about scraped over and then 15 minutes from time he gave Hull the lead for the first time when he slotted a 30-metre penalty to make it 12-10.

Hull had the game by the scruff of the neck, and forced another repeat through a smart kick. The pressure told and Saints gave away another penalty within Tickle's range to put the visitors four points up with 10 minutes to play.

And Tickle's boot made the game safe with another penalty – this time for obstruction – four minutes from time.

The game was already sewn up when McKinnon added the final touch.