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Hull 40-8 Catalan Dragons

Hull (16) 40
Tries: Moa, Yeaman, Phelps, Radford, Westerman, Horne
Goals:
Tickle 8
Catalan Dragons (4) 8
Tries: Millard, Duport

Danny Tickle
Tickle passed 1,000 points for Hull during their win over Catalan Dragons

Hull boosted their chances of securing a Super League play-off place with a comfortable win over Catalan Dragons.

Danny Tickle's boot separated the sides early on as Hull's Sam Moa and the Dragons' Daryl Millard traded tries.

Hull stretched their lead to 16-4 at the break as Kirk Yeaman crossed and Tickle kicked three more goals.

And there was no stopping the Black and Whites after the break as Cameron Phelps, Lee Radford, Joe Westerman and Richard Horne all added tries.

A three-game losing streak had dragged Hull into a four-way fight for eighth spot but this victory keeps them clear of the chasing trio Hull KR, Bradford and Salford.

We might not have always got the points we deserve, but tonight, to put in a performance like that is pleasing. They're a top-five team, a good team and are there on merit. A lot of people would have been writing we were under pressure, but I thought we responded magnificently.

Hull coach Richard Agar

The Black and Whites made a fast start when Moa took Danny Houghton's pass to barge over, with Tickle adding the conversion.

Catalans were back to within two points when Millard went over in the corner, only for Yeaman's 19th try of the season and Tickle's conversion and two penalties to stretch Hull clear.

The visitors lost Cyrille Gossard to the sin bin as the Dragons conceded numerous penalites and Hull made their numerical advantage count when Phelps went over, with Tickle's conversion taking him past 1,000 points for the club since joining from Wigan an 2007.

They were hungrier than us. We set new lows for the last couple of months. Too many guys played their worst game in a long time. I would hope it's just a blip.

Catalans coach Trent Robinson

Westerman then side-stepped his way in and Horne crossed after picking up a Yeaman offload to put the result beyond doubt.

Vincent Duport grabbed a late consolation for Catalans, while Yeaman ended the game in the sin bin after being shown a yellow card for fighting.

LINE-UPS

Hull: Phelps, Whiting, Turner, Yeaman, T. Briscoe, Westerman, Horne, O'Meley, Houghton, Moa, Manu, Tickle, Fitzgibbon.

Replacements: Washbrook, Radford, Lauaki, Sharp.

Catalan Dragons: Greenshields, Blanch, Baile, Millard, Dupport, Sa, Dureau, Ferriol, Henderson, Baitieri, Paea, Raguin, Mounis.

Replacements: Gossard, Simon, Casty, Pelissier.

Att: 10,739.

Referee: Steve Ganson (St Helens)



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