Hull close gap on second-placed Salford

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Hull FC climbed to third in Super League thanks to a thumping 34-10 win at second-placed Salford Red Devils on Friday.

The visitors raced into a 22-0 half-time lead at the AJ Bell Stadium, with Albert Kelly crossing twice between tries from Fetuli Talanoa and Danny Washbrook.

Salford reduced the deficit when Niall Evalds went over early in the second half, but Carlos Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul put the result beyond doubt before Weller Hauraki touched down for a late consolation.

The result pulls Hull within a point of Salford, who trail league leaders Castleford Tigers by four.

In the day's other match, Mark Percival starred for St Helens in a 26-10 victory over bottom side Widnes Vikings.

Percival set the ball rolling with a first-half try before adding the extras to touchdowns from Alex Walmsley and Theo Fages.

Regan Grace and Ryan Morgan also crossed for Saints, who go sixth with the win.

Saints coach Justin Holbrook earlier expressed his excitement at the prospect of working with new signing Ben Barba in the coming days, the former Cronulla Sharks star having signed a two-and-a-half-year deal at the Totally Wicked Stadium last month.