As always there has been plenty going on in the world of Rugby League in Hull this weekend. It’s been a pretty good weekend for most of our sides even if some made it more difficult for themselves than others.
Hull’s game on Friday night always had the danger of having a “after the Lord Mayors show” feel about it and Hull were certainly nowhere near as good as they were the week before against Leeds. They were still more than good enough for Salford though and ran out comfortable 32-18 winners.
Hull played some scintillating rugby in patches and Jake Connor had his best game in a Hull FC shirt by far. He was untouchable on the night and faultless with the boot. Sika Manu had another impressive game including one of the best line breaking runs in recent memory that led to Carlos Tuimavave’s first try.
Hull head to St Helens next week knowing a win could almost seal a top four finish but they will have a job on their hands as the Saints where phenomenal in beating Castleford on Thursday night.
Hull KR have had to endure what in essence was a 23 game pre-season. They topped the Championship as they were expected to but now the business really starts for Tim Sheen’s side. Their first game at home to Halifax in the Qualifiers was meant to be a formality but it turned out to be anything but.
The Robins flew out of the blocks with Keiren Moss scoring a brace inside 8 minutes. They then led 14-6 midway through the first half but somehow found themselves 16-14 down at half time as Halifax looked to put a cat amongst the Middle 8 pigeons. Ben Heaton had helped himself to s first half hat trick and the visitors were brimming with confidence.
KR’s defence was slack at best and Halifax looked to punish that. A real shock looked on the cards when Ben Heaton grabbed his fourth try of the match! Rovers piled on the pressure but were still trailing with 20 minutes to go. Step forward George Lawler. The impressive youngster burrowed his way over the line from close range to close the gap to two points.
With just 7 minutes to go Rovers pinched the win when a short ball from Shaun Lunt sent Nick Scruton crashing over the line after Halifax had absorbed four sets of six on their own line. The final siren was met with a huge sigh of relief around Craven Park as Rovers saw out the final few minutes to win 26-22. They got the job done but they will have to be a lot better when they travel to Leigh next week.
It was a brilliant weekend for both of the COHA sides. The U19’s continued their excellent form as they dismantled Newcastle Thunder 52-6 away from home. They ran in 9 tries in an imperious display and Will Oakes capped a great week for him personally with a try and 8 goals after being called up for Scotland during the week.
The under 16’s followed in their older counterparts footsteps as they bounced back from last week’s defeat to St Helens to beat London Broncos 38-16. The COHA youngsters kept the Broncos scoreless in the second half after holding a slender two point lead at half time.
The weekend’s results were more mixed for our Amateur teams. Hull Dockers were narrow 28-24 winners away at Hunslet Warriors while West Hull were heavily beaten 40-16 at Egremont Rangers.
There was also a local derby this weekend and Myton Warriors took the spoils as they won a tight game 18-15 against Skirlaugh.