Super League: Hull FC chop down Bradford Bulls
Last Updated: 07/03/14 10:41pm
Jamie Shaul: Hull full-back crossed for two of his side's eight tries
Jamie Shaul scored two tries as Hull FC returned to winning ways with a 44-16 victory over cash-strapped Bradford Bulls.
Bradford took an early lead through captain Matt Diskin but struggled to live with Hull thereafter as Gareth Ellis, Joe Westerman, Shaul, Richard Whiting, Aaron Heremaia and Danny Houghton all crossed before the break, with Adrian Purtell responding for the visitors.
Full-back Shaul grabbed his second just after half-time and Jordan Rankin got on the scoresheet before Adam Henry went over late on for the Bulls.
Traffic problems on the M62 saw last season's fixture at the KC Stadium moved from Friday to Sunday but there were no such issues on this occasion and Hull got off to the worst possible start as Tom Lineham put the kick-off out on the full.
The Bulls rolled down field from the resultant penalty and hit the front when Diskin caught the home defence napping and went over from dummy half.
Hull responded positively and levelled the match up as Heremaia put Ellis through a gaping hole on six minutes.
The home side soon forced back-to-back drop-outs and were rewarded for their persistence when Westerman forced his way over.
Shaul crossed in the next set after strong play by Fetuli Talanoa and the writing was on the wall for the Bulls.
Bradford did move to within six points of their hosts courtesy of Purtell's try in the corner in the 27th minute but Manase Manuokafoa knocked on from the restart and Whiting showed good strength to put the Black and Whites back in control.
Heremaia went under the sticks on 32 minutes after good play by Houghton before the hooker took an offload from Watts to crash over from close range to give his side a 32-10 half-time lead.
Hull were quickly into their stride in the second half and extended their advantage when Shaul pounced on Richard Horne's brilliant reverse kick to touch down.
Jordan Rankin powered over after a break in the scoring to make it 44-10 and that is the way it stayed until the Bulls grabbed a consolation four minutes from time.
An enterprising run from halfway by new loan signing Liam Sutcliffe put Bradford in a promising position on the last tackle and Luke Gale's cross-field kick was neatly helped on by Elliot Kear for Henry to score.
Jamie Foster added the extras from out wide but the damage had already been done as Hull bounced back from successive defeats on the road.
First Utility Super League
Tue 30th Jun
Hull K R34 - 28Salford Red Devils
Wed 1st Jul
Wakefield Wildcats26 - 16Hull 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
Super League 2014, round four
Rhys Evans ran in four tries as Warrington subdued a feisty London 44-16 in the capital.
Injury and suspension hit Wakefield Wildcats and Catalan Dragons take each other on at Belle Vue on Sunday.
Castleford Tigers will be hoping to make it four wins from four when champions Wigan visit The Mend-A-Hose Jungle.