Hull FC far too good for Widnes as they stride towards semi-final

• Widnes Vikings 0-38 Hull FC

Three defeats in five league games had led to a suspicion that the Super League leaders Hull FC were beginning to falter with a Challenge Cup final against Warrington looming on Saturday week. So this victory underlined the character of Lee Radford’s side in 2016.

The result also went a long way to exorcising arguably Hull’s biggest demon this season, the 46-6 defeat here in March. On that occasion, Radford revealed last night, he had been asked to leave the changing rooms while the players held a post-mortem concerning their early-season form. Here, though, the scenes were far more celebratory as Hull took another massive step towards a play-off semi-final spot come the end of the season.

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