Hull FC injury news: Tony Smith provides update on Scott Taylor after prop suffers shoulder blow

Drew Darbyshire
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Hull FC coach Tony Smith has confirmed that prop Scott Taylor was sent to hospital with a shoulder injury he suffered in their Challenge Cup defeat to St Helens.

The 32-year-old front-rower left the action in the early stages of their 32-18 defeat to St Helens in the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup on Saturday afternoon.

The club tweeted after the game that initial reports suggested no fracture, but he is still awaiting further assessment.

Hull FC tweeted: “Tony Smith has confirmed that Scott Taylor was sent to hospital having left the field with a shoulder injury in the first half – initial reports suggest no fracture, but still awaiting further assessment.

“Speedy recovery, @ScottTagTaylor.”

Tony Smith disappointed by result but proud of his side’s effort

The score was level at 12-12 at the break with Joe Batchelor and Konrad Hurrell scoring first half tries for Saints, with Josh Griffin and Andre Savelio scoring for Hull.

Griffin was sent off on the stroke of half-time. He was initially shown a yellow card before saying something to referee Chris Kendall, which then saw him receive a red.

Tries from Curtis Sironen and Lewis Dodd put Saints ahead shortly after the second half restart before Jake Trueman gave Hull a chance, but late scores from Jack Welsby and James Bell secured the 32-18 win for Saints.

Speaking after the game, Smith said: “I’m disappointed with the result but not in terms of effort or spirit. I thought we had a real crack at them and were on top of them at times.

“It was an entertaining game, but I don’t think we played the smartest game. We didn’t exploit some things we needed to.

“Aside from the sending off I thought we lacked discipline. Some of the six agains you just can’t afford to have against a team like Saints.

“We gave them a couple of legs up which ultimately cost us but right up until the end I thought we matched them in terms of energy.”

Hull FC boss on Josh Griffin red card

Smith says he will review the incident which saw Griffin sent off, but was clear in his assessment of the impact it had on both the player and his side.

He added: “Josh is pretty shattered in there. He’s seen some of the consequences of what his team-mates had to go through and that would be hard for him.

“We have rules in place and our game is about discipline and there are ways you can question referees and ways you can’t so if he’s done something wrong then he’s got to pay the price for it and so do we.”

Hull FC will now turn their attention back to Super League as they host St Helens again at the MKM Stadium on Thursday, 8pm kick-off.

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