Super League: Hull FC cruise to easy win over Salford Red Devils
Last Updated: 28/03/14 10:33pm
Hull FC had few problems giving their season a kick-start as they ran away with a comprehensive 30-8 victory over a hapless Salford Red Devils at the KC Stadium.
A "crisis" meeting was called by Black and Whites coach Lee Radford following last weekend's 7-0 home loss to Widnes Vikings and his players responded with a showing full of desire and bravery.
Young half-back Jacob Miller marked his first appearance of the season with the first try of the night before Greg Johnson showed good determination to level for Salford.
Jamie Shaul, returning at full-back, put Hull back in front on the half-hour mark and brilliantly laid the platform for Ben Crooks to give the hosts some breathing space just after the break.
Richard Horne and Junior Sa'u exchanged tries before Liam Watts rounded off the scoring two minutes from time.
Hull soon settled into the contest and, after a couple of opportunities had gone begging, opened the scoring on 14 minutes when Miller jinked his way to the line.
Good hands by Jake Mullaney gave Johnson some space on the right and the speedster touched down in the corner to register Salford's first points despite a desperate tackle by Miller.
The Black and Whites came roaring back and were back in front as Shaul gathered Horne's well-weighted kick to put the ball down next to the posts.
Successive penalties, the second of which saw Adrian Morley put on report, gave Hull good field position to extend their lead but the solid Salford defence kept them out, before Johnson showed great pace again to stop a certain try on the stroke of half-time after Kirk Yeaman had stripped the ball on halfway.
The crowd at the KC were treated to a moment of magic by Shaul in the early stages of the second half as he collected a kick on his own line before racing 80 metres downfield.
Salford were short of numbers and Hull spread the ball from left to right before Crooks scored in the corner.
It got better for the home side just minutes later when the Red Devils failed to deal with a high kick and Horne went under the sticks after receiving a flick pass from Jay Pitts.
Salford gave themselves hope as Sa'u finished after good work by Theo Fages and were almost right back in it when Tommy Lee ran clear, only for Hull to get back and snuff out the danger.
A series of knock-ons and penalties gave the visitors perfect field position for a sustained period but outstanding goal-line defence by the Black and Whites kept them at bay.
That period of play knocked the stuffing out of Salford and Watts rounded off a good evening for Hull as they drew first blood ahead of next week's Challenge Cup tie between the two teams.
First Utility Super League
Thu 23rd Apr
Wakefield Wildcats22 - 40Wigan Warriors
Fri 24th Apr
Hull FC4 - 24Huddersfield Giants
Leeds Rhinos10 - 29Warrington Wolves
St Helens34 - 16Widnes Vikings
Sat 25th Apr
Catalans Dragons32 - 24Hull K R
Sun 26th Apr
Salford Red Devils20 - 22Castleford Tigers
Thu 30th Apr
Huddersfield GiantsvsLeeds Rhinos
Fri 1st May
Hull FC0 - 0Salford Red Devils
St Helens0 - 0Wakefield Wildcats
Wigan WarriorsvsHull K R
Sun 3rd May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Castleford Tigers0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 7th May
Hull K RvsWakefield Wildcats
Fri 8th May
Salford Red DevilsvsHuddersfield Giants
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Sat 9th May
Catalans DragonsvsSt Helens
Sun 10th May
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Thu 21st May
Castleford TigersvsHuddersfield Giants
Fri 22nd May
Hull FC0 - 0St Helens
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull K R
Salford Red Devils0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Sat 23rd May
Catalans DragonsvsWigan Warriors
Sun 24th May
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Sat 30th May
Salford Red DevilsvsWidnes Vikings
Hull FCvsHull K R
Leeds RhinosvsWigan Warriors
Sun 31st May
Catalans DragonsvsHuddersfield Giants
St HelensvsWarrington Wolves
Castleford TigersvsWakefield Wildcats
Thu 4th Jun
Widnes VikingsvsHull FC
Fri 5th Jun
St Helens0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sun 7th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Wigan Warriors
Hull K R0 - 0Castleford Tigers
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Leeds Rhinos
Warrington Wolves0 - 0Catalans Dragons
Thu 11th Jun
Leeds RhinosvsCastleford Tigers
Fri 12th Jun
St HelensvsWigan Warriors
Sat 13th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsHull FC
Sun 14th Jun
Huddersfield Giants0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Hull K R0 - 0Widnes Vikings
Wakefield Wildcats0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Thu 18th Jun
Castleford TigersvsSt Helens
Fri 19th Jun
Wigan Warriors0 - 0Salford Red Devils
Sat 20th Jun
Catalans DragonsvsWakefield Wildcats
Sun 21st Jun
Hull K R0 - 0Warrington Wolves
Leeds Rhinos0 - 0Hull FC
Widnes Vikings0 - 0Huddersfield Giants
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