Rugby League - Hull battle to convincing win

Hull muscled up in defence to get the better of Bradford 28-12 at the KC Stadium and put their opening-night misery behind them.

FC were comprehensively beaten, 36-6, by Leeds in the first game of the 2013 season last week, producing a meek performance that belied their status as title dark-horses. But they showed their mettle on Sunday, particularly in their own half, as they repelled a Bradford side on a high from their 40-point win over Wakefield last Sunday.

Tries from Jason Crookes, Shannon McDonnell, Tom Briscoe and Daniel Holdsworth, who also converted three of them, gave FC a 22-0 lead before a Matty Blythe try converted by Jamie Foster got Bradford on the board. Jay Pitts' score converted by Holdsworth then put Hull 28-6 up before Brett Kearney's try, which Foster converted, completed the scoring.