As always there has been plenty going on in the world of Rugby League in Hull this weekend. Hull FC and Hull KR now know their respective fixtures in the Super and Middle 8’s and the City of Hull Academy continued their playoff surge. Here is this weeks roundup.
Hull ground out an important win on Friday night as they ran out 14-10 winners against the Huddersfield Giants. It wasn’t fluent and it wasn’t pretty but those two points could prove to be vital come the end of the season. Gareth Ellis returned from a 3 month injury absence and put in a Man of the Match display. It was a real captains knock and Lee Radford will be hoping for more of the same against Leeds in the Cup this week.
With Wakefield and Salford both losing this weekend Hull ended the regular season in third place. They now know where they will face their opponents in the Super 8’s. They will find out the dates of these fixtures on Wednesday morning.
Home: Wakefield, Wigan, Huddersfield, Salford
Away: Leeds, Castleford, St Helens
There was more positive news on Friday night as Lee Radford hinted that Hull could be at full strength for the Challenge Cup Semi Final. Steve Michaels could return to the wing to resume his formidable partnership with Mahe Fonua which would be a big boost. The RFL disciplinary have not cited any Hull or Leeds players so neither team have to worry about suspensions.
Several Hull FC players were sent out on loan this weekend and that means it looks like the club have finally lost patience with the reserves concept. The RFL never pushed the reserves concept enough and with fixtures few and far between it’s an understandable decision by Hull.
Rovers ended the season in disappointing fashion as they were soundly beaten 28-6 away from home by Halifax. Fax needed to win to make the Middle 8’s qualifiers and were clearly more up for the game from minute one. Rovers made some bizarre decisions to say the least in attack which has led some to question their efforts during the game. Tim Sheens was certainly angry afterwards and he knows his side will have to play a hell of a lot better in the qualifiers games to come. Rovers also know who they will face and where in the Middle 8’s following this weekend’s results.
Home: Catalans, Widnes, Halifax, London
Away: Warrington, Leigh, Featherstone
The City of Hull Academy continued their excellent run of form as they hammered Bradford 48-14 at Hull YPI. A 6 try opening half salvo set the platform as Will Oakes starred once again for the academy. He scored a hat trick and kicked 6 goals as he continues to put himself in the spotlight. It was a great team performance though and to score 4 tries from your opening four sets is impressive by anyone’s standards! The Academy travel to Newcastle Thunder for their next game on August 5th.
Unfortunately only one of our teams had a good weekend in the National Conference Leagues. West Hull hammered Wath Brow Hornets 50-10 on home soil but that was as good as it got. Skirlaugh were walloped 60-14 at Thatto Heath Crusaders, Myton went down 38-10 at Egremont Rangers while in Division One Hull Dockers were beaten 40-12 by York Acorn.