Hull FC came from behind early to beat Featherstone Rovers 34-14 at the Millennium Stadium in the Challenge Cup.
Hull were dealt a blow before kick off, as Marc Sneyd struggled to shake off the dead leg injury that has been troubling him in the last few weeks. It meant Danny Houghton moved into the halves, with Joe Cator taking his place on the bench.
Featherstone opened the scoring inside a minute, as Josh Hardcastle got on the end of a Dane Chisholm kick to score. Craig Hall missed the conversion, meaning their lead stood at four points.
Just four minutes later, Hull hit back as Bureta Faraimo got on the end of a Houghton kick to score. Jake Connor converted to edge the Black and Whites into the lead.
Hull scored again soon after to make it three tries in the opening seven minutes. Carlos Tuimavave kicked forward and beat the Featherstone fullback Hall to the ball and scored. Connor missed the conversion, meaning it stayed a one-score game.
10 minutes later, Hull struck again after Featherstone couldn’t deal with a kick. This time, it was Ben McNamara’s kick that wasn’t dealt with, and Josh Griffin got there to score. Connor was back on target with the conversion attempt.
Griffin got his second try just before the half-hour, after being put through a gap by Connor to score. Connor then converted to stretch their lead to 18 points.
Four minutes later, Tuimavave got his second after taking in a pass from Connor to go over and score. Connor converted.
There was time for one more effort from Hull before the break, as Jordan Johnstone spotted a gap and went over. Connor kept up his good record with the boot.
Six minutes into the second half, Featherstone hit back as Brett Ferres got on the end of a Chisholm kick to score. Hall was again off target.
Rovers grabbed their third try of the match with 11 minutes to go, as Ben Blackmore rose highest from a Chisholm kick to score. Chisholm then converted.
They may not have scored in the second half, but Hull’s work in the first half proved to be enough for the win. They return to Super League action next week, as they welcome Warrington Wolves to the KCOM Stadium next Sunday.
As for Featherstone, they travel to Swinton Lions next Sunday in the Championship.
Featherstone Rovers: Craig Hall, Gareth Gale, Kris Welham, Josh Hardcastle, Ben Blackmore, Tom Holmes, Dane Chisholm, Frankie Halton, Dean Parata, James Harrison, Brett Ferres, Brad Day, Loui McConnell.
Subs: Nu Brown, Luke Cooper, Callum Field, Junior Moors.
Head Coach: James Webster.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Bureta Faraimo, Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Mahe Fonua, Ben McNamara, Danny Houghton, Scott Taylor, Jordan Johnstone, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane.
Subs: Josh Bowden, Joe Cator, Brad Fash, Cameron Scott.
Head Coach: Brett Hodgson.