Despite this only being the third game of the Super League season last week’s disappointing home defeat to Catalans added extra importance to tonight’s trip to the John Smith’s Stadium. Hull FC responded brilliantly and Marc Sneyd in particular stood out as he scored a hat trick to rub Garry Schofield’s nose in it after he had publicly slaughtered Sneyd in the media this week.
Hull played some brilliant attacking rugby especially in the first half as Sneyd and the equally impressive Albert Kelly orchestrated the attack. Fetuli Talanoa opened the scoring as Sneyd found him in space out wide and he dived over in the corner. Shortly afterwards Sneyd scored his first try as he intercepted a Huddersfield pass to race 40 metres to score. Albert Kelly was next to get in on the act as he scored a brilliant individual try. He confused the Giants defence with an outrageous dummy and raced over from 10 metres out. It got even better before half time when Sneyd powered his way over the line taking two defenders with him to give the Black and Whites a 24-0 half time lead.
Despite a couple of consolation tries for Huddersfield the second half went the same way as the first. Kelly scored his second try when he spotted a gap in the defence and sprinted through it to go over under the sticks. Josh Griffin was the next to score. Sneyd fired a pass wide to Talanoa who found Griffin on the inside to score. Carlos Tuimivave then scored a great try from distance which was created by Kelly. Kelly pounced on a loose Huddersfield pass and quickly found Tuimivave who raced 80m up the middle to score under the posts. Rather fittingly Hull’s final try on the night came from Marc Sneyd. Josh Griffin found space out wide and raced down the wing he passed it inside to Sneyd who dotted the ball down to complete his hat trick.
After the disappointment of last week the travelling Hull FC fans left the John Smith’s Stadium jubilant after a fantastic performance from Lee Radford’s side. They will now look to back this up next week when St Helens visit the KCOM.
Huddersfield 8-48 Hull FC