Super League  Sunday 10th February 2013  Kingston Communications Stadium  Att:

Squad

Arundel, Briscoe, Crookes, Crooks, Galea, Green, Heremaia, Holdsworth, Horne, Houghton, Johnson, Lynch, McDonnell, O'Meley, Pitts, Seymour, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Squad

Sidlow, Donaldson, Platt, Manuokafoa, Langley, Diskin, Kearney, Scruton, L'Estrange, Blythe, K. Lulia, Whitehead, Kear, Sammut, Addy, Olbison, C. Walker, Murphy, Foster.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Jay Pitts

Daniel Holdsworth

Tom Briscoe

Shannon McDonnell

Jason Crookes

GOAL SCORERS:

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Brett Kearney

Matty Blythe

GOAL SCORERS:

Jamie Foster

Jamie Foster

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

Hull FC muscled up in defence to get the better of Bradford Bulls at the KC Stadium and put their opening-night misery behind them.

FC were comprehensively beaten, 36-6, by Leeds Rhinos in the first game of the 2013 season last week, producing a meek performance that belied their status as title dark-horses, a tag earned after a winter of heavy investment.

But they showed their mettle today, particularly in their own half, as they repelled a Bradford side on a high from their 40-point win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats last Sunday.

Time and again Peter Gentle’s men defended repeat sets and, with their own line a fortress, they attacked with confidence. When chances arose for them to score they took them.

And, while Gentle was ruthless in his selection from the Leeds game - Brett Seymour was dropped and centre Joe Arundel was sent to play for York - their clinical on-field show was a lesson to Bradford who dominated possession at times but let themselves down with some questionable last-tackle plays.

This game was a rerun of Friday’s aborted attempt, with the original fixture postponed following the unexpected closure of the M62. There were no problems in getting the game on today and the home side appeared determined to make up for lost time, taking the lead just three minutes in.

Jason Crookes spent six years with Bradford and scored seven tries for them last season, but less than 180 seconds had passed today when he crossed against his former employers, taking in a pass from Ben Crooks after a left-to-right move.

Daniel Holdsworth duly tagged the extras and it should have been two tries in as many minutes after that, with Crookes shelling the ball with the line gaping after an impressive run from centre partner Crooks.

The ex-Bull was in the action again shortly after, narrowly failing to ground as Michael Platt bundled him out of play, although the latter paid for his bravery as he was forced off injured.

Bradford started to settle into the game after that and were it not for some dubious early-in-the-count kicking from Jarrod Sammut they could have scored themselves but, as it was, Hull were the next over the line after defending five straight, if unimaginative, sets.

There was a hint of farce when it came 23 minutes in, with Crookes hacking ahead thinking he was on the last tackle rather than the first but, fortunately for him, the ball reared up for Shannon McDonnell who showed great dexterity to score under pressure from Jamie Foster. Holdsworth goaled again.

The pattern was now set and Bradford consistently made inroads into Hull’s half before running out of last-tackle ideas, with Hull absorbing their pressure and then picking them off when they wanted - Tom Briscoe got their third try just after the break with a neat inside step off Kirk Yeaman’s offload.

Holdsworth’s miss was his first failure but the former Salford City Reds half-back was soon adding a four-pointer as he skipped through a tiring Bradford defence as the hour approached, with a routine conversion pushing Hull out to 22-0 in front.

The Bulls not had been as poor as that scoreline suggested and they got a try their pressure demanded with 18 minutes remaining, loan centre Matty Blythe cupping a pass from Elliott Whitehead and scoring in the corner, with some quick thinking from Sammut having teed the try up.

It was nothing more that temporary respite, though, as Jay Pitts quickly scored next to the posts after a fine arcing run from Richard Horne, with Holdsworth adding his fourth and final goal.

The last score would belong to the Bulls, however, with Brett Kearney bundling over shortly after Briscoe had denied Elliot Kear with a brilliant in-goal tackle.

Match Action

  • 78m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 78m
    try

    Brett Kearney

    Bradford

  • 66m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 66m
    try

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 62m
    goal

    Jamie Foster

    Bradford

  • 62m
    try

    Matty Blythe

    Bradford

  • 56m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 56m
    try

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 51m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 51m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 46m
    try

    Tom Briscoe

    Hull

  • 33m
    interchange_on

    Matt Diskin

    Bradford

  • 33m
    interchange_off

    Heath L'Estrange

    Bradford

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Nick Scruton

    Bradford

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Jamie Langley

    Bradford

  • 29m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 29m
    interchange_off

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 25m
    interchange_off

    Manase Manuokafoa

    Bradford

  • 25m
    interchange_on

    Adam Sidlow

    Bradford

  • 24m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 24m
    try

    Shannon McDonnell

    Hull

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Chris Green

    Hull

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 11m
    interchange_off

    Michael Platt

    Bradford

  • 11m
    interchange_on

    Danny Addy

    Bradford

  • 3m
    try

    Jason Crookes

    Hull

  • 3m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull