Rapid start helps Hull FC claim top spot with derby win


Three quickfire first-half tries paved the way for Hull FC to reclaim top spot in the Super League with a 36-12 win over bitter rivals Hull KR at the KCOM Stadium.

Having been stunned by bottom side Leeds Rhinos last weekend, Lee Radford's men emphatically avoided a third defeat on the spin to leapfrog Wigan Warriors, who travel to face the champions at Headingley on Friday.

Liam Watts barged over from close range to break the deadlock against his former club with 11 minutes played, Danny Houghton adding a second three minutes later when he timed his run on the angle to perfection to collect Marc Sneyd's kick and escape his marker.

Another Sneyd kick through fell kindly for Mark Minichiello to cross for his first of the evening. Sneyd's success with the boot continued as he made it three from three from the tee to convert as the hosts went in 18-0 to the good by the break.

Minichiello carved a hole through the KR defence seven minutes after the restart to help himself to a second try before quick hands shifted the ball out to the right for Steve Michaels to ground acrobatically. Sneyd tagged on the extras.

Adam Walker went in under the posts to get the visitors on the board, but any slim hopes of a fightback were quickly extinguished as a blistering run from Michaels allowed him in again down the right. A smart dummy from Iain Thornley two minutes from time pulled another back.