St Helens have made it nine wins from their opening ten games as they beat Hull FC in a scrappy game at the Totally Wicked Stadium.
There was one try in the first half and that came after seven minutes as Zeb Taia caught a kick from Theo Fages (in for the ill Ben Barba) to score. Danny Richardson scored the conversion to make it a six point lead that lasted until half time.
It was a half dominated by mistakes and penalties and both sides needed to come out better in the second half.
Saints started the second half in similar fashion to the first and scored through Mark Percival. In the first play after a scrum, the ball found its way out wide to Percival who scored his 10th try of the season. Richardson was once again successful to make it 12-0. It was soon 14 as he also added a penalty.
Hull then got back into the game in controversial circumstances as Albert Kelly got over despite the screams of a forward pass from the St Helens faithful, and television replays backed their claim. Marc Sneyd kicked the conversion to give the Black and Whites an unlikely route back into the game.
But any hope was soon shattered as Taia got in behind the defence for the second time in the game. Richardson kept up his perfect record with the boot to all but make the game safe for the home side.
There was even time for one more score as Luke Thompson, who was denied just minutes earlier by the video referee for a knock on, wasn’t to be denied for a second time as he powered over. Richardson completed a perfect night with the boot by making it 26-6.
However, what would have disappointed the Saints would have been the fact they conceded another try as Chris Green managed to bundle his way over. Sneyd scored the conversion quickly, but Hull didn’t have time to make a bigger impact on the game.
Saints are now six points clear at the top of the Super League, although the chasing pack are yet to play. They travel to Wakefield Trinity next Sunday.
As for Hull, they currently lie in 5th after an inconsistent start which has seen them win five and lose five of their first ten games. They travel to Widnes Vikings next Friday.