Super League: Hull FC beat Wakefield Trinity 26-16 to strengthen top-five hopes

Wakefield Trinity v Hull FC

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Wakefield Trinity (6) 16
Tries: Hampshire, Arundel, Miller Goals: Brough 2
Hull FC (20) 26
Tries: Faraimo, Tuimavave, Sneyd, Naulago 2 Goals: Sneyd 3

Hull FC strengthened their position in Super League’s top five with a comfortable win at Wakefield Trinity, who remain in relegation trouble.

The hosts, who are just two points above bottom side London Broncos, went 6-0 up when Ryan Hampshire crossed.

But Hull were 14 points in front by the break, through Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Marc Sneyd and Ratu Naulago.

Naulago touched down again after half-time, before Joe Arundel and Jacob Miller scored consolations.

Hull have moved up to third in the table, level on points with second-placed Warrington Wolves, and have opened up a four-point buffer on Catalans Dragons in sixth.

Meanwhile, Wakefield remain in ninth ahead of a potentially crucial match against 11th-placed Hull Kingston Rovers next weekend.

They made a bright start against Hull FC, with Hampshire’s smart step and finish seeing them hold a six-point advantage after the opening 18 minutes.

But Faraimo’s score saw an opening of the floodgates, with the away side going on to score 26 unanswered points either side of half-time to take complete control.

Arundel and Miller at least restored some pride with further scores for Wakefield, but Hull were good value for their victory.

Wakefield Trinity head coach Chris Chester:

“We had a period of 10 to 12 minutes when we didn’t touch the ball. They scored two tries off intercepts and, although we needed to react better, I felt we were getting the upper hand.

“We’re probably guilty of trying to play too much and we’re let down by a couple of individuals not playing their best rugby at the moment.

“I’m pretty deflated because I thought they were there for the taking. We had enough field possession to win two games.

“I think one win would be enough [to secure safety] and the sooner we get that the better for everybody. We’ve four cup finals coming up and Hull KR next week is really important.”

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford:

“The performance of Tuimavave and the win are the two best things to come out of today.

“I don’t want to cop a fine but I thought it was a really poorly-managed game.

“I thought the ruck speed was Championship One level. It’s something I’ve spoken to the official about previously. When it’s like that, it becomes a slow game.

“We know we’ve got to finish two points above anybody we’re level with because of our poor points difference. But we’re still in there, we’re still swinging, nobody giving us a mention and I quite like that.”

Wakefield Trinity: Hampshire, Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Escare, Miller, Brough, Kopczak, Wood, Tanginoa, Kirmond, Arundel, Batchelor.

Interchanges: Randell, Tangata, Fifita, Annakin.

Hull FC: Shaul, Naulago, Tuimavave, Griffin, Faraimo, Connor, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Bowden, Lane, Minichiello, Ellis.

Interchanges: Brown, Fash, Matongo, Washbrook.

Referee: Liam Moore (RFL)

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