As always there has been plenty going on in the world of Rugby League in Hull this weekend. Here is this weeks round up.
Sadly we are starting to repeat ourselves when we say that it’s been a disappointing weekend for Hull FC.
They travelled to Headingley on Friday night and predictably they came away with another defeat to dwell on. It’s been ten long years since Hull last won at Leeds and they were so near yet so far again on this occasion.
Hull were poor again and Lee Radford must be concerned. They continued to make the most basic of errors as they dropped the ball deep in their own half which piled the pressure onto them defensively. They defended like heroes again but it ultimately wasn’t enough as they didn’t have enough territory to threaten the Rhinos.
A couple of very controversial decisions also went against Hull but Lee Radford didn’t dwell on that afterwards instead he chose to focus on the errors his side made and emphasised how important it is that they cut them out and quickly.
Hull FC Reserves
Hull FC’s Reserves showed the first team how it’s done as they beat Halifax 30-10 over the weekend.
The better news for FC fans though was that after almost three months out injured captain Gareth Ellis played 50 minutes as he started the game at prop.
Hull KR also fell short this weekend as they were beaten for the second time this season by Toulouse. Rovers were guaranteed to lift the Championship League Leaders Shield after the fixture but Tim Sheens will know this seasons job is only half done and he will have been in no mood to celebrate lifting the shield.
Rovers were poor and Toulouse weren’t much better and that will worry Sheens. His side travel to Halifax on Sunday looking to bounce back quickly before the Middle 8’s begin a couple of weeks later.
The Robins have announced the signing of Leeds half back Danny McGuire on a two year deal from 2018. McGuire is the all time leading Super League try scorer and has notched up over 1000 points in his career. This is certainly an exciting signing for Rovers despite McGuire’s age and they will be hoping he will be joining them in Super League and not the Championship.
The Robins have also tied down two of their young stars with new contracts. Will Jubb has extended his deal by a year after playing for York City Knights on dual registration and making three appearances for Rovers this season.
Joe Cator has signed his first professional deal at the Robins keeping him at the club until the end of 2019. He has impressed for Rovers this season during his 9 appearances. Tim Sheens was understandably delighted to tie down the two great young prospects.
Academy are flying
The City of Hull academy continued their impressive run of form as they were comfortable winners away at Warrington. Will Oakes scored a hat trick as he continues to shine this season and that helped his side to a 38-10 win. They are now unbeaten in five games and are inside the top four in the Under 19’s table.
West Hull won a tight game in the RFL Challenge Trophy. They beat Thatto Heath Crusaders 30-28 to progress to the next round. One of their junior sides also tasted cup success as the U13’s hammered Myton Warriors Under 13’s 48-0 in the Hull and District League finals to lift the VP cup.
Article by Sam Shepherd | @FerribyShep