Super League: Hull FC too strong for London Broncos
Last Updated: 03/05/13 10:21pm
Tom Briscoe: two tries in quick succession
Hull celebrated the long-awaited competitive debut of captain Gareth Ellis in style as they strolled to a 48-12 victory over London Broncos for their fifth win in their last six games.
London took the lead with a Matt Cook try, before Ben Crooks showed his skills with a score and the break that set up Richard Whiting's try to give Hull a 12-6 half-time lead.
Crooks ran another great line in the second period to grab his second, and then Tom Briscoe (twice) and Kirk Yeaman added further tries for Hull. The Broncos pulled one back through Michael Witt, but Hull scored two more through Joe Westerman and Mark O'Meley.
Briscoe spilled an almost certain interception try for the hosts, before the Broncos powered over when former Hull man Tommy Lee supplied an excellent short pass for Cook to crash over.
The visitors continued to dominate field position due to poor discipline by the home side and some quality Craig Gower kicking that forced a drop-out, but Chris Bailey's knock-on relieved the pressure on Hull.
The hosts soon forced a drop-out of their own and were clinical with their chance, Horne's pass finding Crooks who again displayed his potency in the redzone by spinning in the tackle and using his long stretch to touchdown.
Yet again Crooks was the dangerman only two minutes later as his break and pass inside allowed Danny Houghton to supply Whiting for the score under the posts which Holdsworth converted for a six-point halt-time lead.
Hull started the stronger in the second half as they blitzed London with four tries in 14 minutes.
They first extended their lead in the 44th minute with Crooks grabbing his second try of the game off a great short ball by Holdsworth as the Australian went down the blindside on the last tackle.
Briscoe then grabbed two tries in quick succession, the first off a one-handed flick pass by Holdsworth, and the second off a powerful long range break from Yeaman.
It was not long before Yeaman got in on the act with a try of his own benefiting from swift hands and a Shannon McDonnell short pass.
London hit back with a Witt try following a neat break but Hull added late tries through Westerman and O'Meley to complete a one-sided result.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K RvsSalford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield WildcatsvsHull FC
Thu 2nd Jul
Warrington WolvesvsWigan Warriors
Fri 3rd Jul
Leeds RhinosvsSt Helens
Sun 5th Jul
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Hull K R
Hull FC0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Thu 9th Jul
Wigan WarriorsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 10th Jul
St Helens0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
Sun 12th Jul
Hull FC0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Hull K R
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 16th Jul
Warrington WolvesvsSt Helens
Fri 17th Jul
Hull K RvsHull FC
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 18th Jul
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
Sun 19th Jul
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Thu 23rd Jul
Hull FCvsWigan Warriors
Fri 24th Jul
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
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