Super League  Friday 21st February 2014  Langtree Park  Att: 13,448

Squad

Lomax, Makinson, Turner, Jones, Swift, Hohaia, Walsh, Roby, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Soliola, Wilkin, Manu, Laffranchi, Amor, Wellens, Walmsley, Percival, Wheeler, Richards.

Squad

Arundel, Bowden, Carvell, Crooks, Ellis, Heremaia, Horne, Houghton, Lineham, Miller, Paea, Paleaaesina, Rankin, Shaul, Talanoa, Thompson, Westerman, Whiting, Yeaman.

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Mark Percival

Tom Makinson

James Roby

Jonny Lomax

Sia Soliola

James Roby

GOAL SCORERS:

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Luke Walsh

Scorers

TRY SCORERS:

Danny Houghton

Gareth Ellis

Richard Whiting

Mickey Paea

GOAL SCORERS:

Ben Crooks

Ben Crooks

Ben Crooks

Full Report

Match Official: R Silverwood

St Helens scored five second-half tries as they came from behind to see off Hull FC 34-22 and maintain their winning start in the First Utility Super League.

The hosts trailed 10-6 at the break at Langtree Park, but tries from Sia Soliola, Jonny Lomax and James Roby - his second of the night - put them in command.

Gareth Ellis threatened a comeback by adding to the first-half touchdowns of Mickey Paea and Richard Whiting, but Tommy Makinson and Mark Percival made the game safe before a Danny Houghton consolation.

Saints' influential new scrum-half Luke Walsh also had another fine night and landed five goals.

Kick-off was preceded by a number of tributes to the late Steve Prescott, the former England and Ireland full-back who played for both clubs and lost his battle with cancer last year.

The match was also the first to be played for the new cup set up in Prescott's name, with the aggregate winner from the two league games between the clubs to be awarded the trophy annually.

Hull were the first to make their mark as Paea started and, after a powerful charge by Joe Westerman, finished a quick break for the first try in the third minute.

It was quickly cancelled out when Roby side-stepped his way past Hull full-back Jamie Shaul to score.

Saints centre Percival then crossed in the corner only to be penalised for a knock-on and Hull regained the initiative.

Westerman was again instrumental, first stealing possession and then coming up with a brilliant offload to send the ever-reliable Whiting over.

Ben Crooks' conversion, having missed his first attempt and six fluffed efforts for his team last week, was celebrated with exaggerated jubilation by the visiting fans.

That score in the 15th minute proved the last of the first half as the sides fought out a tight battle.

Saints lost centre Jordan Turner to injury after a heavy collision with Ellis before the interval, but they returned enthused for the second period and soon went ahead as Soliola - who thrilled the crowd with some big hits in the first half - powered his way over from close range.

Momentum then shifted firmly in the hosts' favour as Jon Wilkin set up Lomax with a superb reverse kick to the left corner.

Another Saints try almost followed as Adam Swift was bundled into touch on the right.

It proved a brief respite for Hull as Soliola showed good awareness to set up Roby for his second under the posts.

Hull responded with Aaron Heremaia putting Ellis over, but Makinson showed great dexterity to touch down wide on the right and maintain Saints' stranglehold.

The visitors could not reply again and Saints broke through some weary tackles to set up a sixth try for Percival with just under four minutes remaining.

Hull had the final word as Houghton slid over in the last minute and Crooks kicked a third goal.

Match Action

  • 80m
    try

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 80m
    goal

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 77m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 77m
    try

    Mark Percival

    St Helens

  • 69m
    try

    Tom Makinson

    St Helens

  • 64m
    try

    Gareth Ellis

    Hull

  • 64m
    goal

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 59m
    try

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 59m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 51m
    try

    Jonny Lomax

    St Helens

  • 51m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 49m
    interchange_on

    Jordan Thompson

    Hull

  • 49m
    interchange_off

    Josh Bowden

    Hull

  • 43m
    try

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 43m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_off

    Jordan Turner

    St Helens

  • 35m
    interchange_on

    Paul Wellens

    St Helens

  • 30m
    interchange_on

    Aaron Heremaia

    Hull

  • 30m
    interchange_off

    Danny Houghton

    Hull

  • 24m
    interchange_on

    Sia Soliola

    St Helens

  • 24m
    interchange_off

    Kyle Amor

    St Helens

  • 23m
    try

    Richard Whiting

    Hull

  • 23m
    goal

    Ben Crooks

    Hull

  • 23m
    interchange_off

    Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook

    St Helens

  • 23m
    interchange_on

    Anthony Laffranchi

    St Helens

  • 22m
    interchange_on

    Josh Bowden

    Hull

  • 22m
    interchange_off

    Mickey Paea

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_off

    Garreth Carvell

    Hull

  • 19m
    interchange_on

    Iafeta Paleaaesina

    Hull

  • 12m
    interchange_on

    Josh Jones

    St Helens

  • 12m
    interchange_off

    Alex Walmsley

    St Helens

  • 6m
    goal

    Luke Walsh

    St Helens

  • 6m
    try

    James Roby

    St Helens

  • 2m
    try

    Mickey Paea

    Hull