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Hull FC 12 St Helens 38

Two tries from Adam Swift helped St Helens cruise to their sixth league win in seven after as they dismantled Hull FC at the KC Stadium to secure a fifth-placed finish.
Hull FC 12 St Helens 38
by rleague.com

Two tries from Adam Swift helped St Helens cruise to their sixth league win in seven after as they dismantled Hull Football Club at the KC Stadium to secure a fifth-placed finish.

Barring any unexpected scores in the remaining games this weekend, Nathan Brown's men appear set for a play-off meeting with Hull KR, while Hull must wait on other results to see whether their likely clash with Catalan Dragons will be played in England or France.

Things were only ever going to go one way by the Humber as the in-form Saints shone, building up a healthy first-half lead thanks to scores from Jon Wilkin, Josh Jones, Swift and Willie Manu.

Hull responded through Richard Whiting, but Francis Meli gave Saints an unassailable advantage which was added to by Swift and Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook. Danny Tickle added a further Hull consolation.

The home side brought back Aaron Heremaia but were without the injured Ben Crooks, Andy Lynch and Gareth Ellis. However, the real headline inclusion was that of Saints hooker James Roby.

Back after a two-month lay-off in time for the World Cup, his presence and performance was great news for club and country and Saints were clearly lifted.

They drew first blood, Meli racing away and playing in Wilkin on his inside before Jonny Lomax tagged on the extras.

Hull responded briefly through Jamie Shaul's run, but Jones made it two tries for Saints after a strong break from Swift.

Three tries were soon on the board as Swift had too much pace for Jason Crookes, and Manu haunted his former employers on the half-time whistle.

Hull needed a quick response and got one at the start of the second half when Jacob Miller sent Whiting in, but a 40-20 from Jordan Turner put Saints back on the front foot and allowed Meli to squeeze over.

A penalty-ridden spell followed before Swift added his second of the night, taking in Lomax's excellent cross-field kick. The latter's conversion took the score out to 32-6.

Tickle, heading out of Hull to go to Widnes Vikings next season, responded from close range before McCarthy-Scarsbrook, a former Hull academy player, rounded things off.

Hull Football Club 12
Tries: Richard Whiting, Danny Tickle
Goals: Danny Tickle 2

St Helens 38
Tries: Adam Swift 2, Jon Wilkin, Josh Jones, Willie Manu, Francis Meli, Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook
Goals: Jonny Lomax 4, Jordan Turner

Date: Friday 6th September 2013
Venue: Kingston Communications Stadium
Crowd: 11,250
Referee: J Child
Half Time: St Helens 22-0




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