Hull FC thrash struggling Catalans

Hull FC prepared for next week’s Challenge Cup Final in ideal fashion, hammering injury-hit Catalans 44-0.

Without captain Gareth Ellis, who had been rested, the hosts were far too good for the Dragons, whose season is now on the verge of collapse.

Tries through Dean Hadley, Mahe Fonua and Mark Minichiello, coupled with two Marc Sneyd penalties, put Lee Radford’s side 22-0 ahead at the break.

They doubled their final winning margin in the second-half. Fetuli Talanoa opened the scoring, Fonua got his second and then late tries through Marc Sneyd and Frank Pritchard wrapped up the scoring.

The victory moves Hull three points clear of Challenge Cup Final opponents Warrington, who play Castleford on Saturday.

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