Warrington return to winning ways to beat Hull FC

Photo courtesy of Richard Long

Warrington solidified their place in the top four after scoring five unanswered second half tries to beat Hull FC.

Warrington coach Steve Price made two changes to his side that lost to Wigan Warriors at Magic Weekend last week. Mitch Brown and Ben Pomeroy came in for Bryson Goodwin and Sitaleki Akauola.

Lee Radford made three changes to his Hull FC team that beat rivals Hull Kingston Rovers at St James’ Park last time out. Danny Washbrook, Jordan Lane and Brad Fash replace Scott Taylor, Kirk Yeaman and Josh Griffin.

Hull FC drew first blood early doors at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Warrington failed to deal with a towering bomb from Liam Harris and Dean Hadley crossed the whitewash out wide. Jake Connor converted to put his side in a 6-0 lead.

The Wolves were slow to get out of the blocks as the visitors got their second thanks to a rampaging drive from Mickey Paea. Connor added the extras and Hull led 12-0 after 13 minutes.

Hakim Miloudi thought he had scored for Hull FC on the half hour mark, but it was ruled out by the video referee due to Jamie Shaul being offside following a kick.

There was a controversial incident just before the half time hooter. Warrington captain Chris Hill claimed he had been bitten by Miloudi and the incident was put on report.

The Black and Whites were 12-0 ahead at the break.

Whatever Price said to his side at half time, it certainly had an impact. Harvey Livett ran a superb line to pull one back for the Wolves. He has now scored seven tries in his last five games. Livett even converted his own try.

Warrington soon levelled the score. Kevin Brown took on the Hull defence and just managed to get the ball down after rolling over the line. Livett added the conversion, Warrington 12-12 Hull FC.

The Wolves took the lead for the first time in the game on the hour. Ben Murdoch-Masila bulldozed his way over the line from dummy half. Livett’s boot made the score 18-12 to the hosts.

It was all Warrington in the second half and Hull looked busted and drained. The ball went through quick hands to Josh Charnley who scored. The conversion was on point from Livett.

Declan Patton was denied a try by the video referee for failing to ground the ball after scooting from dummy half.

Ryan Atkins all but sealed the win for Warrington in the 70thminute as he flew through a gap in the Hull defence. Livett converted and the Wolves were 30-12 ahead.

Hull had a couple of half chances to score late on but Warrington produced solid defence to keep them to nil in the second half as they ran-out 30-12 winners.

Warrington are now third, four points ahead of Hull FC in fourth. The Wolves are two points behind second-placed Wigan.

Warrington: Ratchford; Lineham, M Brown, Atkins, Charnley; K Brown, Roberts; Hill, Clark, Murdoch-Masila, Livett, Hughes, Westwood. Subs: Philbin, G King, Patton, Pomeroy.

Hull FC: Shaul; Logan, Hadley, Scott, Miloudi; Connor, Harris; Green, Houghton, Paea, Manu, Minichiello, Westerman. Subs: Washbrook, Lane, Fash, Matongo.

Starman: Harvey Livett was outstanding for Warrington in the second half and certainly proved why the club offered him a new and improved deal this week.

Attendance: 8,646