Hull too strong for Catalans

Hull FC blew Catalans Dragons away by grabbing a 50-10 victory at the Stade Gilbert Brutus.

It was the Dragons who had the early advantage as Sam Tomkins got through to score. He then converted to give his side a six point lead inside the first ten minutes.

The Black and Whites showed their resolve as they fought back and scored twice in 15 minutes to turn the game on its head. Albert Kelly and Joe Westerman grabbed the tries, both were converted by Marc Sneyd, who then added a penalty to make it a three score lead.

With ten minutes to go, the Dragons gave themselves some hope as Lewis Tierney got in. Tomkins missed the conversion, but the hosts were in double figures.

There was even time for two more Hull tries in the last five minutes as Andre Savelio and Josh Griffin both scored tries. Sneyd scored both conversions to make it a 16 point lead for the Black and Whites.

Any hope of a comeback was diminished as a clinical Hull side scored four tries in 25 minutes to get them up to 50 points.

Griffin grabbed his second try, Ratu Naulago scored a brilliant length of the field try, and other efforts from Kieran Buchanan and Jamie Shaul, all of which were converted by Sneyd to mark a brilliant day for Hull FC.

The away side have cemented their place in third and continue to give themselves the best possible chance to reach the playoffs. There is no rest for them though as they travel to city rivals Hull KR on Thursday.

As for Catalans, they missed the chance to give themselves breathing space in the race for the playoffs. They travel to Leeds Rhinos next Sunday.

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