Both of Hull’s premier Rugby League teams faced top of the table clashes over the weekend – whereas there were mixted fortunes for our city’s amateur sides.
Here’s FanaticHull’s review of all the action.
Hull FC sat second in Super League as they headed to Wheldon Road to face the imperious Castleford Tigers while Hull KR were looking to wrap up top spot in the Championship at home to London Broncos.
Hull had already beaten Castleford twice this season, a feat most other sides in the league could only dream about, and the they will have been confident of getting another win against the Tigers despite their unbeaten home record.
Unfortunately Hull were their own worst enemies on the night as three errors in the first half ended up costing them the game. They fought back valiantly in the second half and almost pinched it at the death but they couldn’t quite pull it off. Lee Radford will have been encouraged by his sides fighting spirit but their lack of cohesion with the ball for the opening sixty minutes is something he highlighted and will want to see his side improve on. They did score more tries than the hosts though and without Hull’s errors the usually emphatic attacking force of Castleford were largely non existent and that can only be encouraging for Radford and Hull as many will see Friday’s fixture as a Grand Final warm up.
Hull appeared to come out of the bruising encounter without any fresh injury worries and none of their players are up before the disciplinary this week. The same can be said for Luke Gale as he escaped with a caution after appearing to deliberately stamp on Jake Connor’s ankle late in the game. This has caused much anger amongst Hull FC fans on social media and it certainly seems that Super League’s golden boy is getting away with quite a bit this season.
Elsewhere it is being reported in the Rugby League media that Steve Michaels will carry on partying at the KCOM Stadium for at least another year after reportedly putting pen to paper on another 1 year deal. He has certainly earnt it with another string of consistently good performances recently.
Hull have now sold over 7000 tickets for the Challenge Cup semi-final with the Black and White army set to dwarf their Rhino’s counterparts. Whether this will spur Hull onto victory no one knows but they will certainly have a roaring black and white army at their backs throughout the game which can only be a good thing as they look to reach back to back Challenge Cup Finals.
Across the city The Robin’s comfortably sealed the Championship top spot as they defeated second placed London Broncos 40-22. Rovers had the game sewn up at half time after tries from Lee Jewitt, Andrew Heffernan, Danny Addy and a brace from Kieran Moss. Zach Dockar-Clay and Robbie Mulhern crossed in the second half to get Rovers to 40 points and after a few mediocre performances this will provide a timely confidence boost ahead of a daunting looking Middle 8’s campaign.
Despite failing to get on the score sheet new acquisition Justin Carney continues to impress for Rovers and he will be a big asset in the Middle 8’s. He has Super League quality and experience and that will stand KR in good stead in games against Super League opposition.
The Robin’s new Middle 8’s “Fabric of our club” shirt has gone down a storm with Rovers fans with excellent shirt sales leading up the shirts debut against London on Sunday. The shirt pays tribute to the clubs 135 year history and it has certainly been well received in East Hull.
City of Hull Academy
It was another cracking weekend for the City of Hull Academy as they made it three wins in a row on Saturday. They registered seven tries as they defeated London Broncos 36-14 at Hull YPI.
The result was built on a six try rout in the first half as the youngsters led 32-0 at half time. The lads are enjoying a good run of form of late which will be encouraging for Hull FC and KR alike. They now face a trip to St Helens on Friday where they will be looking to make it four wins on the spin.
On the Amateur scene the big winners were West Hull who were 42-26 winners at Leigh Miners Rangers but elsewhere the results were not so good as Skirlaugh, Myton and Hull Dockers fell to heavy defeats.
As many will know there was some tragic news in the amateur game this weekend as Adam Cooper tragically lost his life while playing for Culcheth Eagles.
Our thoughts are with Adam’s Friends, Family and everyone associated with Culcheth Eagles at this incredibly sad time. We are pleased to hear a minutes silence will be held at all Rugby League games this weekend which will give the wider Rugby League family a chance to pay their respects to Adam.