It’s been another busy weekend for our Rugby League teams across Hull. There’s lots to talk about including Cup glory, disappointing defeats and transfer rumours.
Here’s this week’s FanaticHull rugby league round up.
It was another disappointing weekend for Hull FC. They travelled to St Helens on Friday night for a very important game. Unfortunately the heavens opened shortly before kick off and Hull’s frailties in the rain were clear for all to see again. They didn’t respect the ball anywhere near enough and kept coughing up possession.
Despite a fleeting comeback in the second half the Saints never looked in danger and were deserved winners. Hull now have Wakefield breathing down their necks with Saints and Wigan not far behind.
Hull now travel to Headingley on Friday night desperate for a win at a ground that never seems to be a happy hunting ground for the Black and Whites.
Kelly doubt for Friday
To compound the defeat Hull are now sweating on the fitness of their star half back Albert Kelly. He looked to be going the length of the pitch with another trademark interception but he pulled up with a calf injury that looked pretty serious.
Hull will be hoping it’s not as bad as it looked as they head into a pivotal part of the season. With the Challenge Cup Semi-Final just around the corner the Black and White supporters will be praying he is back in time.
Since it was confirmed that Mahe Fonua is heading back Down Under next season there have been a few names banded around as possible replacements for the powerhouse winger.
The latest is USA international Bureta Faraimo who is currently plying his trade with the New Zealand Warriors. He joined them recently from Paramatta on a short term deal that runs until the end of 2017.
It is reported that he favours a return to Super League so this may be the most viable option for Hull. Elsewhere Lee Radford will be delighted to have fought off interest from the NRL for Liam Watts.
Newcastle Knights and South Sydney Rabbitohs were reported to be interested in Watts but he is committed to Hull FC according to the Rugby papers.
Across the city Hull KR continued their surge towards the Middle 8’s with a dominant display over bottom of the table Bradford Bulls. It was an even contest early on but KR soon pulled away and ran out 42-10 winners.
Justin Carney continues to impress in a Red and White shirt. He scored a brilliant individual try when he fended off three players before surging 50 metres to score.
Tim Sheens will be encouraged by his sides performances in recent weeks as they look to make a real impact in the Middle 8’s and ultimately make it back into Super League.
Rovers new signing?
A new arrival could be imminent at Craven Park albeit on a short term deal. Rumours are circulating that Mose Masoe could join the East Hull club.
He is linked with a return to St Helens in 2018 but he may join Rovers until the end of this season. If the rumours are true the powerful forward would be a very useful asset in the Middle 8’s campaign.
City of Hull
The City of Hull Academy continued their unbeaten run as they drew 14-14 with St Helens in the curtain raiser to the Hull FC game on Friday night.
In a tight affair the Hull youngsters had scored a try and a penalty to take the lead before a late St Helens penalty denied them another win. They did have chances to win the game though and their good run of form continues. Next up for them is a trip to Warrington on Saturday.
On the amateur scene one of our junior teams tasted cup glory this weekend as the Skirlaugh Bulls Under 15’s won the Yorkshire Junior League’s Challenge Cup Final on Sunday.
They dominated the game throughout and ran out 16-6 winners despite some feistiness towards the end of the game when a few cards were dished out.
This tops a great year for the Bulls youngsters after their promotion last year and their previous final appearance this season in the Yorkshire Cup when they were narrowly beaten by Dewsbury Moor.
We will have a full feature on the Bull’s cup triumph in this week’s issue of FanaticHull.
Elsewhere the Skirlaugh open age team were 19-14 winners over West Hull in the local derby.
Myton Warriors were 36-18 winners over Kells. Hull Dockers also tasted victory as they beat Featherstone Lions 24-10.
Article by Sam Shepherd | @ferribyshep