Super League: Wakefield beat Hull FC 31-13 to continue Black and Whites' slide
|Betfred Super League|
|Hull FC (7) 13|
|Tries: Taylor, Shaul Goals: Sneyd 2 Drop-goal: Sneyd|
|Wakefield Trinity (7) 31|
|Tries: Huby, Tupou, Pauli, Johnstone Goals: Hampshire 7 Drop-goal: Miller|
Wakefield Trinity kicked off the Super 8s section of the Super League with an impressive win at off-colour Hull FC, who have now lost the past five games.
After the two sides shared a score, a goal and a drop-goal apiece in an all-square first-half, Hull went in front when Jamie Shaul slipped in for a try.
However, Wakefield responded brilliantly, scoring three tries in eight minutes to turn the game around.
Victory takes Trinity a point above the Black and Whites into sixth place.
After their derby defeat by Rovers and a 72-10 humbling at Wakefield in their penultimate regular season game, the onus was on Hull to reignite their season but Wakefield showed their continued improvement with a stunning second-half display.
It began well for the home side, as Scott Taylor showed his power by brushing aside the defence for the opening score.
However, Craig Huby marked his return to the side by crashing over to get Trinity in the game.
Shaul’s elusive running got him on the board after half-time but rather than build on that score, the Airlie Birds crumbled as Wakefield found a foothold.
First the cannonball running of Bill Tupou took him in, then another man-mountain in Pauli Pauli found the whitewash and Tom Johnstone added the gloss with a streaky dance through the cover.
Further goals from Ryan Hampshire added a skewed look to the scoreline and returned Chris Chester’s Trinity side to winning ways at the expense of his old team.
Hull FC: Shaul; Faraimo, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Abdull, Sneyd, Taylor, Houghton, Paea, Lane, Washbrook, Manu.
Replacements: Green, Fash, Downs, Bienek.
Wakefield: Jowitt ;Jones-Bishop, Lyne, Tupou, Johnstone; Miller, Hampshire; England, Randell, Fifita, Horo, Ashurst, Annakin.
Replacements: Wood, Pauli, Arona, Huby.
Referee: Jack Smith (RFL)