Hull FC announced the departure of head coach Lee Radford in the immediate aftermath of a 38-4 home loss to Warrington Wolves on Thursday.

Birthday boy Gareth Widdop and Blake Austin both crossed twice for the Wolves, while Tom Lineham, Anthony Gelling and Ben Murdoch-Masila also grabbed tries in the rout.

Hull's supporters finally had something to cheer when Kieran Buchanan went over down the left as the hosts at least avoided bing shut out, though the late try was not enough to spare Radford.

Chairman Adam Pearson told Sky Sports after the game that the team were not "going in the right direction", leading to him making a change early in the 2020 season.

"Lee and I have decided to call it a day tonight, Pearson said in a post-match interview usually undertaken with the coach.

"It was a decision that didn't rest easily with me, but I don't think obviously we are going in the right direction at the minute, so we've decided to go our separate ways.

"I'd like to place on record the unbelievable job he's done. He's a stand-up, loyal guy who works tremendously hard. He's put his life into this club for seven years, so we are going to miss him."

Pearson confirmed Andy Last and Kieron Purtill will take temporary charge of the first-team squad.

Marc Sneyd slotted through a 40-metre drop-goal in golden-point extra time to give Hull FC a 27-26 victory over Wakefield Trinity in Super League on Friday.

Half-back Sneyd added a pair of penalties to tries from Mahe Fonua, Jamie Shaul and Kieran Buchanan as Hull went into half-time with what appeared a comfortable 14-point lead.

However, Jay Pitts crossed and Ryan Atkins - making his 100th appearance for Wakefield - touched down his second of the game to reduce the arrears as Wakefield mounted an impressive fightback.

Albert Kelly went over for Hull after the hour mark but a Tom Johnstone double levelled the scores late on, with Max Jowitt failing to convert either try.

Hull punished Jowitt's error, with Sneyd ensuring they left with the two points in the additional period.

Blake Austin scored a last-minute drop goal to give Warrington Wolves a 9-8 victory over Castleford Tigers, who would have gone top with a win.

Warrington consequently joined Hull and St Helens in mid-table on six points, with defending champions Saints having gone down 12-10 at home to Huddersfield Giants.

Israel Folau tasted victory in his first Super League game on English soil as a late James Maloney try earned Catalans Dragons a dramatic 34-29 victory at Hull FC.

Dual-code international Folau, who was sacked by Rugby Australia after posting homophobic comments on social media, was greeted by boos from the home crowd when he first touched the ball.

Hull, who had led 28-10 during the second half, appeared to have grabbed the win thanks to Marc Sneyd's late drop goal.

However, after Folau had helped win back possession from the restart, Maloney went over soon after and then converted his own try to clinch Catalans their second win in three games this season.

Wigan Warriors now lead the way in the table, their 42-10 triumph at Huddersfield Giants aided by a 10-minute spell where they crossed four times.

Winger Liam Marshall scored a hat-trick of tries while George Burgess grabbed his first for the Cherry and Whites, forcing his way over in the closing minutes.

Elsewhere, tries from Max Jowitt, Tom Johnstone, Bill Tupou and Kelepi Tanginoa earned Wakefield Trinity a 22-12 victory at Salford Red Devils, who reached the Grand Final last season but have won just once in five outings so far in 2020.

Bevan French continued his excellent start to the Super League season and Dom Manfredi scored on his return from a 10-month injury lay-off as Wigan Warriors laid down a marker by beating Hull FC 26-12 at the DW Stadium.

French - Wigan's stand-out player in the early weeks of the campaign - scored his side's opening try on Sunday before Hull hit back to level the score at 8-8.

After Zak Hardaker's penalty had edged the Warriors ahead once again, French turned provider early in the second half, the half-back's lovely pass helping Manfredi to score on his first start since he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage last April.

Hull, who lost to St Helens last time out, were ultimately well-beaten as Jackson Hastings and Willie Isa added further touchdowns for the hosts.

The visitors' initial four-pointer came courtesy of former Saints wing Adam Swift, who combined with Josh Griffin for an eye-catching length-of-the-field effort. 

Griffin, who was sent to the sin bin along with Wigan's Liam Farrell following a first-half scuffle, rounded off the scoring late on, but by that stage Hull's hopes of victory had evaporated.


Hull FC's winning start to the Super League season came grinding to a halt in a 32-18 home defeat to St Helens, while Wakefield Trinity picked up their first win of the campaign at the expense of Warrington Wolves.

Saints trailed 6-2 by half-time at KC Stadium courtesy of Carlos Tuimavave scoring a try against the run of play before Marc Sneyd converted, but the visitors stormed into the lead within 10 minutes of the restart as Matthew Costello and Luke Thompson went over in quick succession.

Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook, James Bentley and Aaron Smith added further scores in a blistering second-half performance from Kristian Woolf's side that rendered tries from Hull's Tuimavave and Jamie Shaul irrelevant as Saints replaced their hosts at the top of the table.

Wakefield's season began with a disappointing defeat at Hull KR but Chris Chester's men bounced back with a home win over Warrington, who led 2-0 at the break after Stefan Ratchford's 38th-minute penalty.

Ryan Hampshire gave Trinity the lead with three well-taken penalties after the restart, and although Ratchford went over and converted to restore Warrington's lead, the game hinged on two minutes that saw Matty Ashurst and Tom Johnstone steam in for tries that Hampshire converted.

The result leaves both sides with two points from their opening trio of games ahead of Trinity's trip to Castleford Tigers and Warrington's clash with struggling Toronto Wolfpack on Friday.

Danny Houghton scored a try on his 350th appearance for Hull FC in a pulsating 25-16 derby win over Hull KR and Castleford Tigers claimed an impressive Super League win over Wigan Warriors.

Long-serving captain Houghton got on the end of a Marc Sneyd grubbler kick to score in the first half at a raucous KCOM Stadium on Friday.

Houghton's score and Jake Connor's early try gave Lee Radford's men, who started the season with a 30-4 thumping of Leeds Rhinos last Sunday, a slender 12-10 lead at half-time.

Rovers had been in front following tries from Harvey Livett and Adam Quinlan and they led again when Ben Crooks dotted down for a sensational 51st-minute score. 

Two tries in the space of seven minutes from Sneyd and Josh Griffin made it advantage FC. Sneyd added a late drop goal as City rivals Rovers were beaten after a victory over Wakefield Trinity in their opening match of the campaign. 

Castleford also made it two wins out of two, Derrell Olpherts and Cheyse Blair going over in a 16-12 defeat of Wigan at The Jungle. 

Sonny Bill Williams was unable to help Toronto Wolfpack enjoy a winning start to life in Super League, the Canadian side going down 28-10 to Castleford Tigers.

Toronto – only formed four years ago – marked their debut in the top flight by scoring an early try, Liam Kay getting on the end of a grubber kick in the first of two games played at Headingley on Sunday.

Williams was on the bench at that stage and the New Zealander, who last played in the 13-man code in 2014, endured an inauspicious start following his introduction to proceedings, knocking on with his first touch.

Castleford recovered quickly after falling behind, Greg Eden, Grant Millington, Adam Milner and Michael Shenton all scoring tries before the break.

Peter Mata'utia crossed in the second half for the Tigers before a long-range interception try for Toronto's Hakim Miloudi, who celebrated by doing a somersault to ground the ball over the line.

In the final fixture in the opening round of the new season, Hull FC eased to a 30-4 victory over Leeds Rhinos in the pouring rain.

Ratu Naulago grabbed two of Hull’s five tries, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Bowden and Jamie Shaul also going over as the visitors produced an impressive performance.

Ash Handley touched down for an unconverted try for Leeds, but the Rhinos – who flirted with the prospect of relegation last season before eventually finishing eighth – were soundly beaten.

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