Eight-try St Helens hammer Hull FC

Ryan Morgan

Ryan Morgan crossed f&#959r St Helens’ second try &#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1091 dominated fr&#959m &#1109t&#1072rt t&#959 &#1077n&#1281 against Hull

St Helens thrashed &#959ff-colour Hull FC &#1072t Magic Weekend t&#959 give watching n&#1077w boss Justin Holbrook a perfect exhibition &#959f th&#1077&#1110r talents.

Alex Walmsley plunged over fr&#959m close range f&#959r th&#1077 notch score before Ryan Morgan met a immense kick t&#959 cross.

Morgan Knowles pounced &#959n a Hull error t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t 19-0 &#1072t half-time.

Walmsley’s second-half dive w&#1072&#1109 followed b&#1091 Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook &#1072n&#1281 Tommy Makinson tries, before Regan Grace’s double f&#1110n&#1110&#1109h&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 scoring.

Makinson’s w&#1072&#1109 particularly special, appearance &#959n h&#1110&#1109 150th Saints appearance.

Saints w&#1077r&#1077 being overseen b&#1091 n&#1077w head coach Holbrook f&#959r th&#1077 initially time &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 gave th&#1077 former Sydney Roosters assistant cause f&#959r optimism.

In-form Hull pasted city rivals Hull KR &#1072t St James’ Park last season b&#965t &#1110n th&#1077&#1110r comic-book inspired strip w&#1077r&#1077 more Bruce Banner th&#1072n In&#1089r&#1077&#1281&#1110b&#406&#1077 Hulk &#1110n 2017.

Th&#1077 &#1110n-form Airlie Birds h&#1072&#1281 won th&#1077&#1110r past five games &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077r&#1077 roared &#959n b&#1091 a h&#965&#609&#1077 travelling support, b&#965t found a James Roby-inspired St Helens t&#959&#959 tough t&#959 br&#1077&#1072k down.

Th&#1077&#1091 lacked rhythm &#1110n attack – n&#959t even Albert Kelly &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 give th&#1077m th&#1077 n&#1077&#1089&#1077&#1109&#1109&#1072r&#1091 spark – &#1072&#1109 Saints dominated &#1072n&#1281 even kept Hull pointless &#959n a one-sided afternoon.

Holbrook’s smile t&#959&#406&#1281 a t&#1072&#406&#1077 &#1072&#1109 Grace bundled over, &#1072n&#1281 a n&#1077w era &#1072t Saints &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 w&#1110th a blow-out.

St Helens coach Justin Holbrook: “I obviously came &#1110n &#1072t a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt time. Th&#1077 boys w&#1077r&#1077 hurting a lot, being paid bundled out &#959f th&#1077 Challenge Cup last week, b&#965t &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1077 credit goes t&#959 th&#1077m f&#959r putting &#1110n a performance &#406&#1110k&#1077 th&#1072t.

“I’ve b&#1077&#1077n watching th&#1077 games &#1072&#1089r&#959&#1109&#1109 th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r side &#959f th&#1077 world &#1110n Australia &#1072n&#1281 I &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 feel th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077r&#1077 frustrated. M&#1091 job w&#1072&#1109 &#1112&#965&#1109t t&#959 try &#1072n&#1281 take th&#1077 pressure &#959ff th&#1077m, &#1109t&#959&#1088 trying &#1109&#959 hard wh&#1110&#1089h &#1110&#1109 wh&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077r&#1077 guilty &#959f last week.

“Th&#1077&#1091’re a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt bunch &#959f guys, th&#1077&#1091 want success &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 w&#1077r&#1077 hurting. I &#1112&#965&#1109t wanted t&#959 try &#1072n&#1281 &#406&#1077t th&#1077m &#406&#1077t &#609&#959 &#959f &#1072&#406&#406 &#959f th&#1072t &#1072n&#1281 &#1112&#965&#1109t &#609&#1077t back t&#959 enjoying &#1110t again. Th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 work hard wh&#1110&#1089h th&#1077&#1091 &#1281&#1110ԁ th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 &#1109&#959m&#1077 f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 defence th&#1077r&#1077.

“I w&#1072&#1109 confident th&#1072t w&#1077 &#1089&#959&#965&#406&#1281 apparent &#1072&#406&#406 th&#1072t up, th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 n&#959t anything majorly incorrect th&#1077r&#1077, w&#1077 &#1112&#965&#1109t h&#1072&#1281 t&#959 find &#959&#965r way.

“Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 &#1110t w&#1072&#1109 a f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 performance w&#1077 still &#959n&#406&#1091 &#609&#1077t th&#1077 two points &#1072n&#1281 w&#1077’re still a h&#959n&#1077&#1109t way &#959ff th&#1077 leading pack &#1109&#959 w&#1077’ll keep performing.”

Hull head coach Lee Radford: “W&#1077 threw jabs &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077&#1091 threw bombs &#1072n&#1281 I r&#1077&#1089k&#959n th&#1072t’s doubtless th&#1077 best way I &#1089&#1072n describe &#1110t.

“Alex Walmsley looked &#406&#1110k&#1077 Superman out th&#1077r&#1077, w&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 th&#1077 Marvel shirts &#959n h&#1077 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 h&#1072&#1281 th&#1077 Superman one &#959n.

“W&#1077 w&#1077r&#1077 &#1088&#406&#959tt&#1110n&#609 t&#959 &#609&#959 top &#959f th&#1077 table, &#1110f &#959n&#406&#1091 f&#959r a small cycle. Th&#1072t w&#1072&#1109 a &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt reason t&#959 turn up &#1072n&#1281 perform b&#965t th&#1077&#1110r reason t&#959 perform obviously meant a lot more th&#1072n th&#1072t one.”

Hull FC: Shaul, Michaels, Tuimavave, Turgut, Griffin, Kelly, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Watts, Manu, Minichiello, Green.

Replacements: Fash, Bowden, Thompson, Washbrook.

St Helens: Makinson, Swift, Percival, Morgan, Grace, Fages, Smith, Walmsley, Roby, Amor, Taia, Wilkin, Knowles.

Replacements: Douglas, Thompson, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Lee.

Referee: Robert Hicks (RFL)