Super League  Friday 15th February 2013  Langtree Park  Att: 11,257

Squad

Wellens, Gardner, Turner, Soliola, Meli, Lomax, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Puletua, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Flanagan, Jones, Gaskell, Makinson, Greenwood, Walmsley, Walker.

Squad

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

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Josh Jones

Jordan Turner

Francis Meli

Anthony Laffranchi

GOAL SCORERS:

Lee Gaskell

Lee Gaskell

Lee Gaskell

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Richard Whiting

Tom Briscoe

Shannon McDonnell

Jason Crookes

GOAL SCORERS:

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Daniel Holdsworth

Full Report

Match Official: B Thaler

Australian stand-off Daniel Holdsworth put Hull FC into a winning position but failed to deliver the killer punch to leave the scores tied in the Super League clash at Langtree Park.

The Black and Whites fought back from 22-12 down to draw level with the aid of Richard Whiting's 72nd-minute try and ought to have taken both points after dominating the final quarter.

Yet Holdsworth, who had helped create all four of his side's tries and struck three superb conversions, missed a kick to win it and was also wide with two long-range drop-goal attempts in a frantic finish.

That left St Helens relieved to salvage a point after they had once again looked distinctly out of sorts, despite the return from injury of influential hooker James Roby.

The Black and Whites were aiming for a third win in four visits to St Helens and made a dream start, with right winger Jason Crookes taking Holdsworth's pass to score the game's first try after only four minutes.

Crookes undid much of his good work by dropping the ball from Lee Gaskell's high kick that led to Saints' equalising try and went off injured almost straight away.

Slow-starting Saints then took control of the match with the aid of a three-try burst inside 17 minutes.

Prop Anthony Laffranchi took Roby's inside pass to cross, skipper Paul Wellens combined with Josh Jones to get winger Francis Meli over for his third try of the season and former Hull centre Jordan Turner stepped inside his old team-mate Kirk Yeaman to open his account for the club.

Gaskell kicked two of his three conversions as St Helens led 16-6 but the introduction of hooker Aaron Heremaia injected new purpose into the visitors and they cut the deficit nine minutes before half-time when impressive full-back Shannon McDonnell won the race to Holdsworth's perfectly-judged kick to the line.

Holdsworth's second goal made it 16-12 and Hull might have been ahead by the break had they made more of possession handed to them courtesy of two handling errors by St Helens' debutant forward Alex Walmsley.

The 6ft 5in Walmsley made up for his mistakes with some strong carries on an encouraging introduction to Super League but Saints lost one of their stalwarts six minutes into the second half when Wellens hobbled off.

Saints nevertheless extended their lead when centre Jones crossed out wide for their fourth try on 49 minutes but Hull once more kept in touch when England winger Tom Briscoe profited from Holdsworth's pinpoint kick to the corner to claim his side's third.

Holdsworth's immaculate touchline conversion cut the gap to just four points and the visitors thought they had equalised on 63 minutes when Briscoe crossed again, only to have the try disallowed for a forward pass.

Hull tightened their grip with the aid of further handling errors by the home side and Briscoe was bundled into touch after more clinical handling opened up the St Helens defence.

The pressure finally told on 71 minutes when Holdsworth and Richard Horne combined to get centre Whiting slicing through for Hull's fourth try.

That levelled the scores but Holdsworth was off target for the first time and he was also wide with two 40-metre drop-goal attempts in the last three minutes as the game ended in stalemate.

Match Action

  • 71m
    try

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 54m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 54m
    try

    Tom Briscoe

    Hull

  • 52m
    interchange_off

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 52m
    interchange_on

    Joe Greenwood

    St Helens

  • 48m
    try

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 48m
    goal

    Lee Gaskell

    St Helens

  • 31m
    try

    Shannon McDonnell

    Hull

  • 31m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull

  • 28m
    interchange_off

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 28m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 27m
    try

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Iosia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Mark Flanagan

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 20m
    interchange_off

    Chris Green

    Hull

  • 20m
    interchange_on

    Paul Johnson

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Tony Puletua

    St Helens

  • 18m
    interchange_off

    Mark O'Meley

    Hull

  • 18m
    interchange_on

    Jay Pitts

    Hull

  • 15m
    goal

    Lee Gaskell

    St Helens

  • 15m
    try

    Francis Meli

    St Helens

  • 11m
    interchange_off

    Jason Crookes

    Hull

  • 11m
    interchange_on

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 11m
    goal

    Lee Gaskell

    St Helens

  • 11m
    try

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 4m
    try

    Jason Crookes

    Hull

  • 4m
    goal

    Daniel Holdsworth

    Hull