Mitieli Vulikijapani and Andre Savelio managed to score as Hull FC beat Huddersfield Giants 14-6 in a tight tie at MKM Stadium; Chris McQueen posts Huddersfield’s only test post, while Will Pryce gets a red card for a dangerous tackle
Last Updated: 03/20/22 5:23 pm
Huddersfield missed out on a draw with Betfred Super League leaders St Helens after a 14-6 defeat in a clash with a mostly Hull defense at the MKM Stadium.
The Giants also encountered teenager Will Pryce being sent off for a dangerous tackle as they suffered their second defeat in the first six rounds of the season.
Mitieli Vulikijapani and Andre Savelio managed to score for the Blacks and Whites, who completed consecutive wins for the first time this season to tie the group with the fourth-placed Giants.
Hull is without Joe Cator and Kane Evans but welcomed second-placed Manu Ma’u back in his first appearance of the season after overcoming a hamstring injury he picked up in pre-season.
They are still without captain Luke Gale and his half-back teammate Josh Reynolds but professional hooker Joe Lovodua has once again proven himself to be a useful interim player alongside young Ben McNamara.
The only effort of the first half came in the 13th minute as Fijian midfielder Vulikijapani comfortably won the race to full-back Jake Connor’s hammer-kick and McNamara converted the chance.
Hull should have had a second goal three minutes before the break when second-placed Savelio broke through the first line of defense and Connor provided winger Adam Swift, who was unable to make the final pass.
Acting captain Josh Griffin was also blocked, while Huddersfield forwards Chris Hill and Joe Greenwood were also blocked just to save the ball.
Greenwood took the lead again in the second minute of the second half but his effort was disallowed because of a double and Hull took a two-point lead shortly after as a breakthrough by Brad Fash, established position. give McNamara a penalty for offside.
After creating few chances in the first half, the Giants looked more threatening in the second, only to bring out their best from Hull’s superb defence. Center Ricky Leutele, fresh out of a hat-trick against Castleford, produced some powerful bursts and Pryce found a way to the line only to be brought back because of an obstacle course.
The key score came in the 58th minute when Huddersfield full-back Tui Lolohea was unable to block Lovodua’s hammer-kick and Connor opened a gap for Savelio to hit a shot from close range.
McNamara’s third goal made it 14-0 but Huddersfield’s second-placed Chris McQueen ensured there was no vindication in the 69th minute as he passed on his sixth attempt of the season , converted by Lolohea.
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By then, the visitors were down to 12 men and Pryce was shown a red card for strangling Hull winger Connor Wynne when he tried to use the ball to control.
The Super League will take a week off for the sixth round of this year’s Betfred Challenge Cup, during which Hull FC will meet Betfred Championship’s Sheffield Eagles on Saturday (2pm kick-off).
Huddersfield also visited the lower division the next day, when they played against the Barrow Raiders – one of the four remaining second tier teams in the league.