Warrington demolish Hull FC to return to winning ways

Drew Darbyshire

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Warrington bounced back from their Wembley hangover just five days later with a riveting display against Hull FC.

On Saturday, Warrington Wolves lost to Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup final but they turned their frown upside down with an impressive 80-10 win over Hull FC.

Steve Price made two changes to his Warrington side that lost to Catalans Dragons in the Challenge Cup final last week. Bodene Thompson and Ben Pomeroy came in for Ben Westwood and Harvey Livett.

Hull FC coach Lee Radford also made two changes to his team that lost to Huddersfield Giants last time out. Jez Litten and Masi Matongo replaced Mark Minichiello and Chris Green.

Warrington started brilliantly and scored inside three minutes. Tyrone Roberts threw a cut-out pass wide and Josh Charnley went over. Charnley has moved ahead of Kirk Yeaman into stand-alone tenth place in the list of Super League’s all-time leading try-scorers with a total of 160 tries.

The visitors soon hit back at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Toby King failed to deal with a kick and Fetuli Talanoa picked up the loose ball and touched down. Bureta Faraimo added the extras to level the score at 6-6.

The Wolves soon went back in front as Ireland international Toby King latched onto a kick from Roberts to score. The conversion was good and Warrington led 12-6 after 14 minutes.

Price’s men were in again two minutes later. Tom Lineham made a fantastic break down the wing and gave it inside to Bryson Goodwin who darted over.

Warrington were in again as New Zealand international Goodwin burst through a gap to grab his second. Roberts’ boot took the score to 24-6.

Hull FC were poor in the first half and three players failed to deal with a towering Roberts bomb and Toby King got his second as a result.

Jack Hughes crashed over the line for the Wolves from close range on the half hour mark. Roberts added the conversion to put his side 34-6 ahead at half-time.

Warrington scored within two minutes of the restart. Daryl Clark’s kick through found Goodwin who completed his hat-trick.

Goodwin got his fourth in the 45thminute. He made it look easy as he skipped through the Warrington defence. Roberts’ conversion saw Warrington lead 46-6.

Hull FC replied as Liam Harris threw a fine pass to Josh Griffin who reached over the line.

Warrington extended their lead on the hour mark. Ireland star Joe Philbin caught the Hull FC defence off guard and bulldozed over the line from dummy half.

Charnley got his second in the 69thminute after a lovely passing move, while Roberts got his rewards from a classy performance as he raced onto a George King offload to score.

The Wolves were in complete control and scored another as Lineham cottoned onto a Kevin Brown grubber. They were 68-10 ahead.

Two converted tries from Stefan Ratchford and Goodwin in the last five minutes gave Warrington an astonishing 80-10 victory.

It is the heaviest ever Super League defeat for Hull FC.

Warrington: Ratchford; Lineham, Goodwin, T King, Charnley; K Brown, Roberts, Hill, Clark, Cooper, Murdoch-Masila, Thompson, Hughes. Subs: Philbin, G King, Patton, Pomeroy.

Hull FC: Shaul; Faraimo, Griffin, Tuimavave, Talanoa; Harris, Abdull; Paea, Houghton, Taylor, Hadley, Washbrook, Manu. Subs: Bienek, Litten, Lane, Matongo.

Starman: Tyrone Roberts was superb for Warrington, but it is hard to look past Bryson Goodwin who bagged five tries.

Attendance: 8,101