As always there has been plenty going on in the world of Rugby League in Hull this weekend. Hull FC were the stars of the show and we will start our round up with them.
Well what a fantastic few days it has been for the Black and Whites! Lee Radford’s barmy army flocked to the Keepmoat Stadium on Saturday to see their side face Leeds Rhinos for a place in the Challenge Cup Final. The 9000 strong Black and White army had the place rocking from start to finish and their side responded. Hull were magnificent especially in the second half when they blew the Rhinos away. Marc Sneyd had his best game of the season as he orchestrated a flawless game plan which saw Hull run in 7 tries on their way to a 43-24 victory which sees FC heading back to Wembley again. Every man from 1-17 had a brilliant game and that will please Radford. Kelly was imperious and Liam Watts was like a man possessed. If he isn’t an England player then something is seriously wrong.
Hull will put their Challenge Cup title on the line against Wigan at Wembley on August 26th and naturally tickets are being eagerly snapped up. Hull sold 6000 tickets in just four hours yesterday which indicated Hull will be taking a huge following to Wembley again.
To compound the good news Hull then announced the signings of two NRL players for next season. Mickey Paea returns to the club and that is an excellent signing. He was a fans favourite during his previous spell at the club and is a real powerhouse forward who will bolster Hull’s already hugely powerful pack. The second signing announced was that of USA international winger Bureta Faraimo from Paramatta. He looks like the ideal replacement for Mahe Fonua and Lee Radford even revealed that Hull attempted to sign him before he joined The Eels. If his highlights reel is anything to go by he will be a huge asset for next season and beyond.
The Robins had a week off this week as they prepare for a hugely important few weeks ahead. They face Halifax at home in their first Middle 8’s game this weekend and they have been given a boost ahead of the game as new signing Mose Masoe has been given his visa and will have joined up with the club in time for the weekend.
Elsewhere four KR players, Jake Butler-Fleming, Liam Harris, Will Jubb and Kieran Moran featured for York City Knights on Saturday as they became the first team ever to defeat Toronto Wolfpack in a league fixture. Hull FC’s Zeus Silk also played in a match that will go down in Knights history.
The COHA enjoyed a weekend off this weekend but their under 16’s were in action at Hull YPI. Unfortunately they couldn’t replicate the form of their more senior counterparts as they were beaten 26-40 by St Helens. They played over half the game with 12 men after debutant Ewan Badham was controversially sent off.
The Skirlaugh Bulls had the best weekend on the amateur scene. They were 26-20 winners over Leigh Miners Rangers. All of our other open age teams were beaten this weekend. West Hull were beaten 20-24 by Thatto Heath Crusaders and Myton were heavily beaten 46-4 at Siddal. In the National League Division One Hull Dockers were defeated 14-21 at home by Underbank Rangers.
Meanwhile the RAF Women’s Ladies team won the Humber Games cup after beating Hull Wyke Ladies 22-12 in a hard fought game on Thursday night.