Hull vs St Helens
7:45pm Friday 13th September
The KCOM Stadium
Tommy Makinson scored a for St Helens to ensure Hull FC’s last-ditch bid.
Wigan Warriors’ victory over Castleford 24 hours earlier handed Hull one opportunity to secure a place in the KCOM Stadium.
But they were not great enough to make the most as high-flying Saints ran out comfortable 22-6 victors thanks to Makinson’s treble and scores for Regan Grace and Mark Percival.
Lachlan Coote transformed just one of his five shots, although it might have been a bigger margin.
Saints’ latest victory came three days after affirming former Tonga head coach Kristian Woolf are the replacement to Justin Holbrook season, however, the boss does not need to end his stint as a man.
Beaten by Warrington Wolves in the play-off semi-finals of last season, Saints, as favourites, also went to their acquaintances in the past month’s Challenge Cup final.
That defeat ended visions of a domestic treble after completing winners of this League Leaders’ Shield. However, they are still in contention for further silverware this season – unlike Hull.
Due to the treble of Makinson, the home side saw their hopes of securing a spot fading and trailed.
Makinson swooped to his touch down after twenty five minutes in full-back Coote’s cut. After a perfectly weighted kick floated into the corner he added his second six minutes later.
Three was a magic number for team and the player when he admitted another Coote pass six minutes to finish his hat-trick.
In between, prop Scott Taylor pass to provide expectation of a comeback to Hull – and’d Marc Sneyd clung to his kick with the try-line in his fist.
Despite that setback, Hull began as Ratu Naulago attempted desperately to reach Albert Kelly’s kick the second half added another try.
Saints wanted their defence to keep the Black and Whites in bay and, having soaked constant pressure up, they jumped to leave a fourth try to Hull in deep trouble after 63 minutes out of center Percival.
Luckily they were left by the wayward spot of Coote from drawing level. But as desperation put in, Hull approaches failed to add the points.
This was game over when Grace put the finishing touches to Saints’ win on to make sure a season extension for Castleford that is thankful.