Widnes Vikings, Select Security Stadium Halton, Lower House Lane, Widnes, Cheshire, WA8 7DZ
Friday 3rd June 2016, 20:00
Super League - Round: 17
Carlos Tuimavave, Kirk Yeaman, Josh Bowden, Danny Houghton, Jamie Shaul,
Rhys Hanbury, Chris Dean,
Marc Sneyd 5,
Attendance: 10,259 Official: J Smith Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Full Time Report
First Utility Super League leaders Hull maintained their place at the head of the competition with a 30-10 win over Widnes Vikings.
With the rest of the top four also in action, Hull did what they had to thanks to a fine second-half showing.
The last time Hull faced Widnes they were beaten by 40 points and coach Lee Radford was kept out of the dressing room by his players, but whatever was said that night has worked as the home side recorded their 12th win out of 13 in all competitions since that loss.
This was not a victory to savour from an aesthetic point of view, at least in the first half, but once they wore Widnes down there was only one outcome.
Rhys Hanbury’s fine piece of skill off Kevin Brown’s pass saw the hosts go behind eight minutes in.
Lee Radford pleased to have passed last year's points tally already. pic.twitter.com/oqacm9R9d2— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) June 3, 2016
Carlos Tuimavave dazzled with a brilliant piece of play on 21 minutes, his footwork and movement baffling Widnes and providing an easy route to the line.
Kirk Yeaman resorted to brute force after the break, which did the trick, and then Josh Bowden went in from close range.
Danny Houghton touched down, before some rampaging work from Scott Taylor sent Jamie Shaul free for a length-of-the-field effort that wrapped it up, barring Chris Dean's late consolation.
Radford admitted after the game that he can look back on Hull’s horror show at Widnes in a different light now that his side sit at the top of the table.
He said: “Yeah, they've got an unbelievable amount of confidence in each other, to come back and clinch wins like they have.
“That’s what was disappointing after the Widnes defeat last time around. People asked questions about our togetherness and that frustrated me.
“You can question my tactics and my team talks, but nobody can question our togetherness or how tight we are - that frustrates me.
“We learned some lessons from that. I learned to shut-up in press conferences after a game! I also learned from how I was at half-time - I didn’t get a response from them.
“When you put a new side together like we have, you have to learn the hard way and you can see now that we have naturally progressed.”
Vikings coach Denis Betts admitted his side had done too much at the wrong end of the field.
“We came in at half-time 6-4 down, having had early chances, but we didn’t get over the line,” said Betts.
“They were punching through the line, played with a lot of place and we wasted a lot of energy in that first half. We got into their 20-metre zone once.
“I thought we had regrouped and talked about building pressure but they’re a quality side and showed why they are top of the league.”