- Created: Friday, 08 August 2014 14:05
On Friday 1st August St Helens RFC were the inaugural winners of the Steve Prescott Cup.
They managed to beat Hull FC with an aggregate score of 46 - 41 and took great honour in taking the Cup back to Langtree Park.
Having beaten Hull FC 34 - 22 at Langtree Park in February, Hull FC beat St Helens 19 - 12 in the return leg of a pulsating competition. The crowd for both games were absolutely amazing.
Taylor & Koby Prescott were the mascots and Neil Prescott placed the ball for kick off.
The Steve Prescott Foundation & The Prescott Family would like to thank everyone associated with staging the Steve Prescott Cup.
We are certain that this Cup will be eagerly contested for years to come and help to continue Steve Prescott's phenomenal legacy.
Match Report from Hull FC
Hull FC drew inspiration from the memory of the late Steve Prescott MBE as they produced a magnificent performance to stun Super League leaders St Helens at the KC Stadium.
The Airlie Birds backed up their impressive display against Castleford Tigers last week with an equally strong showing, recovering superbly from trailing early as tries from Richard Horne, Tom Lineham and Mickey Paea saw them power to a deserved victory.
The visitors began on the front foot, and took the lead within five minutes when swift hands from centre Mark Percival flicked the ball into the path of Tom Makinson who darted inside a couple of tackles before touching down over the line; Percival adding the extras to make it 0-6.
After weathering a second Saints storm efficiently, the Black and Whites began to steadily work their way into the game and were unfortunate not to get on the scoreboard six minutes later when Jamie Shaul was just unable to latch onto Joe Westerman's kick.
They weren't to be denied for long however, with a patient and probing 20th minute set from Hull seeing the ball arrive at the hands of Horne who combined brain and brawn superbly to navigate an unlikely route over the whitewash before Westerman's conversion levelled proceedings at 6-6.
Buoyed by their excellent response to a challenging opening to the contest, Hull continued to exert pressure on Saints as the powerful running of interchange Feka Paleaasina gained regular yards in the middle despite limited scoring opportunities for either side.
The Airlie Birds were doing all the running as the interval loomed, and deservedly went in front on 35 minutes when Lineham determinedly drove over from dummy-half ahead of Westerman's second conversion of the night putting the hosts 12-6 in front.
Saints looked to hit back, but found themselves restricted in their efforts by a Hull side boosted by a growing sense of self-confidence illustrated by their speed into the tackle and a series of clean collections from high bombs which helped preserve their lead at the break.
With a lead to protect in the second period, the Black and Whites were pushed back by a St Helens side looking to maintain their excellent recent form. That pressure eventually told eight minutes into the half when veteran Paul Wellens crossed following a Makinson break, with Percival's conversion bringing his side level at 12-all.
There was little to choose between the two sides in an even contest, and Hull looked set to steal a narrow advantage minutes later when they were awarded a penalty only for Westerman's kick to sail just wide of the posts.
Missing the chance to move two points clear, the Airlie Birds instead took a more convincing lead on the hour-mark as Paea barged over after being found by Danny Houghton's neat reverse-pass to make it 16-12.
The hosts were enjoying the better of the momentum as a huge hit from Setaimata Sa on Alex Walmsley led to the Saints prop being forced off the field soon after, with two attempted kicks in quick succession from Jordan Abdull just failing to create try-scoring chances.
Despite that, Hull kept testing the St Helens defence as they found themselves repeatedly stalled within metres of the line and from consequently putting decisive distance between themselves and their rivals.
They were to come no closer than when a perfectly-measured kick over the top from Lineham with eight minutes remaining looked set to release the scampering Jamie Shaul, but the 22-year-old was just unable to collect the ball before Westerman's clean penalty shortly after extended the lead to six points.
Rather than sit back on that advantage, Hull instead pushed for more and intelligent game-management minutes later saw them steadily open up a drop-goal opportunity. Having lined Westerman up in the pocket, the loose forward received the ball before coolly drilling over to crucially put his side nine clear much to the delight the KC faithful.
That kick reduced any of the nerves felt following the drama of last Thursday's 18-18 draw with Castleford Tigers, with Hull comfortably seeing the game out on the front foot to secure a richly deserved victory to the acclaim of a raucous home crowd.