Hull 30-10 Catalan Dragons

Tom Briscoe

Hull (12) 30

Tries:
Manu, Lineham, Green, Briscoe, Foster
Goals:
Foster 5

Catalans (6) 10

Tries:
Duport 2
Goals:
Dureau

Hull FC secured their place in the play-offs by beating Catalan Dragons.

Tom Lineham's try gave the hosts a half-time lead after the sides exchanged tries through Willie Manu's effort for the Black and Whites and Vincent Duport's for Catalans.

A quick-fire double from Chris Green and Tom Briscoe after the interval gave the home side breathing space.

Duport's second try gave the visitors a glimmer of hope but Jamie Foster for Hull crossed to make it safe.

There had been some bad blood between the two sides earlier in the season after the first meeting was postponed at short notice in February because of a frozen pitch.

Prior to the re-arranged fixture in June, Black and Whites coach Peter Gentle revealed the French side had not allowed his team to train in their ground, leaving them to find a pitch to train on outside of town. Catalans went on to win the game 44-14.

Hull FC took the lead when Manu showed quick thinking to dart through the Catalans defence from close in and go under between the posts.

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After Foster kicked the extras the French side drew level when Duport ended a fluid attack with their first score and Scott Dureau slotted the conversion.

Lineham put the hosts back in front after a spell of possession finally culminated in the winger going over.

Following a scrappy end to the first half, Green showed good determination to further extend the Hull lead just after the interval.

A Dragons mistake let Briscoe in to run home a superb try, sprinting the length of the pitch to effectively put the hosts out of sight.

Foster's penalty further extended the hosts lead before the visitors were the beneficiary of poor defending, Duport claiming his second score of the day.

Hull FC completed the scoring when on-loan winger Jamie Foster rounded off a good kicking display by converting his own try.

Victory moves Gentle's side seven points clear of ninth-placed Bradford with just three games remaining.

They now sit in sixth place, three places behind the out-of-sorts French team.

Trent Robinson's side have dropped behind Leeds Rhinos, who they play next week, on points difference.

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Hull FC boss Peter Gentle told BBC Radio Humberside:

"Credit to the boys, the courage they have shown and the sacrifices they have made this week.

"Where we finish is where we finish, it's just about getting some momentum at this point in the season.

"They didn't like what happened in Catalan, they got bullied a bit and we showed today that we are not prepared to be bullied.

"Jamie Foster is doing a good job for us and we're hopeful of extending his loan."

Catalans coach Trent Robinson:

"I thought we defended fairly well for the 30 points in the end.

"We had to defend our line on back to back sets in the first half many times, and I thought we were doing a good job before half-time with them only just being in front.

"We're obviously not happy with losing but we know where we are at and what we need to do. We've had a couple of tough away trips and we've got to improve in the next couple of weeks."

SQUADS

Hull: T. Briscoe, Lineham, Crooks, Turner, Foster, McGoldrick, Seymour, Watts, Houghton, O'Meley, Manu, Whiting, Aspinwall.

Replacements: Green for Watts (28), Heremaia for Houghton (24), Lynch for O'Meley (17), Pitts for Aspinwall (22).

Catalan Dragons: Greenshields, Blanch, Millard, Duport, Cardace, Pryce, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Casty, Anderson, Raguin, Baitieri.

Replacements: Mounis for Ferriol (23), Pelissier for Henderson (60), Fakir for Casty (25), Sa for Anderson (25).

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