Super League: Catalans Dragons 10-50 Hull FC - Black & Whites consolidate third place
|Betfred Super League|
|Catalans (10) 10|
|Tries: Tomkins, Tierney Goals: Tomkins|
|Hull FC (26) 50|
|Tries: Kelly, Westerman, Savelio, Griffin 2, Buchanan, Naulago, Shaul Goals: Sneyd 9|
Third-placed Hull FC moved four points clear of Catalans with their second league win of the season in France.
They led 26-10 at the interval after tries by Albert Kelly, Joe Westerman, Andre Savelio and Josh Griffin.
And they widened the gap after the re-start through Kieran Buchanan, Ratu Naulago, Griffin's second and Jamie Shaul, plus Marc Sneyd's nine goals.
Sam Tomkins and Lewis Tierney scored what proved to be no more than consolation tries for the home side.
Lee Radford's Hull won a golden-point thriller against Catalans in their April visit to Perpignan, with Sneyd kicking a drop-goal winner.
But it was a different story this time despite the heat inside the Stade Gilbert Brutus as they reached 50 points for the third time in 2019, having beaten neighbours Hull KR 56-12 in the league and thrashed Catalans 51-8 in the Challenge Cup in May.
Hull had Griffin (suspension) and Sika Manu (injury) back, both starting in place of Mark Minichiello and Dean Hadley, but the French club were on their game early on when Sam Tomkins punished Jake Connor's handling error to touch down and then added the extras.
Hull's pace and power proved too much, though, and Griffin's try, which rounded off a passing move begun 10 metres in front of their own line was the pick of their first-half scores, which also included a first for the club by Savelio, who picked up from the base of ruck and went over.
Lee Radford's side lost Kelly to injury, but it did not disturb their momentum and Griffin's score was surpassed in terms of distance after the break by Naulago, who collected a loose ball in Hull's in-goal area, sidestepped a couple of tackles and then ran the full length of the field.
Catalans had touchdowns by David Mead and Fouad Yaha overruled by the video referee, Mead fumbling over the line and Yaha foiled by Naulago's last-ditch tackle in the corner.
The win was Hull's 12th of the season and enabled them to again reduce the gap to second-placed Warrington, who beat Wakefield on Friday evening, to two points.
Hull FC head coach Lee Radford told BBC Radio Humberside:
"There was some stuff out there that was a real pleasure to watch.
"They (Catalans) won the physical battle early in the game, but it's a sign of a good team to come out the other end of that and there was real dominance there in the performance.
"I thought Josh Griffin was phenomenal today and I'll be amazed if he's not pushing for international selection over the next month or so.
"We've got some real gas on our edges and I love the go-forward yardage, and Josh Griffin epitomises that, he can make some metres after contact coming out of our end, but put him in a bit of space and he's got wheels as well. We're blessed in that department."
Catalans: Mead, Wiliame, Tierney, Langi, Smith, Casty, McIlorum, Moa, Garcia, Bousquet, Jullien, Tomkins, Yaha,.
Replacements: Simon, Goudemand, Mrai, Kasiano.
Hull FC: Shaul, Naulago, Connor, Buchanan, Faraimo, Kelly, Sneyd, Green, Houghton, Paea, Manu, Griffin, Westerman.
Replacements: Bowden, Fash, Savelio, Taylor.
Referee: R Hicks (RFL)