Hull FC began their defence of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup in convincing fashion with a 12-try rout of a weakened Catalans Dragons side at the KCOM Stadium.
Australian winger Steve Michaels scored a hat-trick of tries as the Black and Whites cruised to a 62-0 sixth-round victory that would have been even more emphatic but for a rare off-day by goalkicking half-back Marc Sneyd, who succeeded with just two of his seven attempts.
Jamie Shaul scored twice while Josh Griffin, Mahe Fonua, Liam Watts, Scott Taylor, Jansin Turgut, Jordan Thompson and Jake Connor, who also kicked five goals, touched down for the hosts.
The Catalans were 16-14 winners in Betfred Super League at the KCOM Stadium back in February but fielded just seven players from that game as coach Laurent Frayssinous demonstrated where his priorities lie after a run of three straight league defeats left them perilously close to the bottom four.
Your Riverside Volvo Man of the Match tonight....Steve Michaels, speaking to FC Live 🎉🎉🎉 pic.twitter.com/kXHSsaWwEA— Hull FC (@hullfcofficial) May 12, 2017
Hull coach Lee Radford was delighted with his side's win and said: "We spoke beforehand about knockout football being important to us and we were pretty close to our best."
Frayssinous admitted afterwards: "It was men against boys. Defensively and offensively they were way too good for us, it's as simple as that."