Hull hold off Broncos
Broncos leave comeback too late at KC Stadium
Last Updated: 19/02/12 8:03pm
Kirk Yeaman: On the scoresheet for Hull
Hull celebrated their first Stobart Super League win under new coach Peter Gentle with a comfortable 22-14 victory against London Broncos at the KC Stadium.
The victory, which leaves the Broncos still pointless in Super League XVII, had not looked in doubt until London took advantage of Sam Moa's sending off for Hull.
Utilising the extra man London staged a late fightback in a scrappy game, but it was ultimately too little too late as the hosts held on to remain undefeated following their opening round draw against Warrington.
The opening exchanges were dominated by errors and penalties as both sides struggled to find a rhythm on a bitingly cold night in Hull. The hosts were at least enjoying success in the territorial battle with London continually pinned back by a robust defence.
Despite the efforts of mercurial Australian half-back Craig Gower, the Broncos found holes in the Hull defence at a premium and unfortunately for Rob Powell's men the same could not be said of them when England international wing Tom Briscoe sidestepped his way across the try-line to open the scoring in the 16th minute.
Defensively superior, the home crowd were anticipating Briscoe's try to be the opening of the floodgates against a side who shipped 50 points last week against Warrington - but it was on a rare visit to the Hull try-line that London were soon back in the game.
It took a benefit of the doubt decision by video referee Phil Bentham, but Australian winger Michael Robertson's score stood despite the efforts of Briscoe to drag him into touch.
London's possession near the Hull try-line had been a rarity and despite drawing level it stayed that way until late in the game as the hosts soon re-asserted control with two quickfire tries.
First loose-forward Joe Westerman popped up to take Australian half-back Brett Seymour's offload and barge over, before full-back Wade McKinnon got on the end of a superbly-weighted Richard Horne kick behind the London defence.
Westerman's impact was short-lived after leaving the field soon after scoring with a shoulder injury which was deemed severe enough for him to leave the ground immediately to be taken to hospital.
Hull were undeterred however and marched on, Kirk Yeaman getting his second try of the season after good work by Willie Manu.
Controversy then followed when Hull prop Sam Moa was shown the red card for a huge hit on Julien Rinaldi which laid the Frenchman out cold.
Moa's aggressive challenged had looked a fair one, but referee Richard Silverwood thought otherwise and London had the incentive they needed to stage a late fightback.
Making the most of the extra man, Luke Dorn and then Chris Melling scored to give the Broncos some hope. But with an eight-point margin in their favour Hull were able to withstand the pressure and hold on for their first win of the season.
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Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
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Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
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Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
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Fri 10th Jul
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Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
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Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
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Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
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St Helens0 - 0Hull K R
Sun 26th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Warrington Wolves