Hull FC 30-14 Wakefield: Hosts up to third in Super League
Last Updated: 28/04/19 6:19pm
Joe Westerman scored two tries as Hull moved up to third in the Super League table with a convincing 30-14 win over Wakefield at the KCOM Stadium.
Westerman crossed twice in the second half and there were also tries before the break from Albert Kelly and Connor Wynne.
With Marc Sneyd converting all four tries and also kicking three penalties, Hull had more than enough for their opponents.
Wakefield's Max Jowitt scored a try in each half and there was also a touchdown for Justin Horo but, with only one conversion from Ryan Hampshire, the visitors slipped two points behind their opponents in the table.
Wakefield had beaten Hull 32-12 at the KCOM last month but, without influential playmaker Danny Brough this time around, they were second best.
There was no stopping Kelly as he raced through a gap before scoring with just four minutes gone, with Sneyd kicking the extras.
The home side were a man light with seven minutes on the clock when Gareth Ellis was shown a yellow card for a high tackle. A fine run by Kyle Wood took Wakefield to Hull's 10-metre line but strong defence kept the visitors at bay.
But Wakefield did cross through Jowitt after the ball had gone quickly through several pairs of hands. Hampshire's easy conversion made it 6-6 with 11 minutes gone.
Wakefield were penalised for holding down in the tackle and Sneyd's easy penalty put the home side back in front with almost a quarter of the game gone.
Wynne's persistence took Hull further ahead when he refused to be tackled and battled his way over the line. Another comfortable kick for Sneyd stretched Hull's lead to 14-6.
The visitors exerted plenty of pressure as the half wore on but missed a chance when replacement Pauli Pauli, on for Danny Kirmond who needed a concussion assessment, knocked on in the tackle just short of the try line.
Wakefield claimed their second try when Horo eventually touched down from a grabber kick by Wood after more than one player had failed to get the telling touch. Hampshire was wide with the conversion and Hull led 14-10 at half-time.
Sneyd kicked an easy penalty, given for a high tackle on Brad Fash, at the start of the second half to further increase the home side's lead.
Hull's third try saw the visitors concede a second set of six following Sneyd's clever kick and when Kelly fed Westerman he had just enough momentum to get over the line. Sneyd again converted to put Hull 22-10 in front.
A few minutes later Kelly offloaded to Westerman, who claimed his second try of the game and Hull stretched their lead to 28-10 with Sneyd's fourth conversion just before the hour.
Josh Griffin knocked on with the line begging after Wakefield had coughed up possession from a Sneyd high kick as the home side searched for another try.
Wakefield finally got on the scoreboard again as Jowitt's powerful run took him through a big gap in the home defence but Hampshire's missed kick meant they trailed 28-14 with less than five minutes remaining.
Another Sneyd penalty added the finishing touch to a fine Hull performance as the hooter sounded.