Sa claims late Hull victory

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Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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Setaimata Sa crossed late on as struggling Hull FC finally broke the resistance of a spirited Salford to record a crucial 24-20 comeback win at the KC Stadium.

The heavily-depleted Red Devils had asked Hull to postpone the Super League fixture at the start of the week and they may have had the Black and Whites questioning their decision to reject the request for a large part of the contest.

Salford made a blistering start and took a fourth-minute lead through Kevin Locke which they held until Tom Lineham scored his 11th try of the season on the half-hour mark, with the Hull man sin-binned in the aftermath.

On-loan Wigan pair James Greenwood and Oliver Gildart scored their first Salford tries either side of Fetuli Talanoa’s effort before Mark Minichiello got Hull back to within two points of the Red Devils at 20-18.

Setaimata Sa edged the Airlie Birds ahead for the first time in the 71st minute and they were celebrating a nervy victory on the final hooter.

After all the talk in the build-up about Salford’s selection crisis, Hull had more or less the same number of first-team players missing with eight sidelined by injury and Mickey Paea suspended.

The first try was always going to be a big boost to either side and it was Salford who got it as Theo Fages’ well-directed high kick was brilliantly taken and touched down by Locke.

Fages added the extras and then slotted over another two points when Hull were penalised for interference.

Salford were growing in confidence and a shell-shocked Hull were struggling to shut down their offloading game.

Feka Paleaasina came off the bench and immediately lifted the Black and Whites with a rampaging run, but Salford stood firm on their own line and looked to have stretched their lead further.

Mason Caton-Brown got downward pressure on a loose ball from another Fages kick but referee James Child ruled Greg Johnson had taken out Steve Michaels.

Celebration turned to frustration at the other end soon after when the touch judge raised his flag to signal Lineham had a foot in touch before finishing spectacularly in the corner.

But the Hull winger was not to be denied a minute later as he took Jordan Rankin’s looping pass before showing blistering pace to beat covering Salford defenders to the line.

Lineham had given a penalty away for dissent after his first effort had been ruled out and he was too vocal for Child’s liking after successfully touching down, with the man in the middle sending him to the bin.

Sneyd converted from out wide to reduce the deficit to two points and it remained 8-6 until Lineham rejoined the action in the early stages of the second half.

But Salford were soon celebrating their second try of the night after Johnson snaked across from the wing and threw out an offload which bounced into the grateful hands of Greenwood.

Hull responded positively and were back to within two points of their visitors when Sneyd converted Talanoa’s powerful effort which owed much to Danny Houghton’s smart footwork from a penalty.

But Salford refused to relinquish their lead and they stretched it again as Gildart pounced on Fages’ dab through just before the deadball line.

The sides continued to exchange tries as Minichiello powered his way over and Sneyd added the extras to make it a two-point game once again.

Hull piled on the pressure and scored the game-breaking try through Sa, who teased the Salford defence before dummying and reaching out to score.

Published: Friday 1st May 2015 by The News Editor

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