It’s been another busy weekend of Rugby League across Hull with several of our teams earning valuable wins as we come towards the business end of the season. It’s time for the FanaticHull Rugby League round-up
Hull FC’s excellent form continued as they ground out an ugly yet invaluable win away at St Helens. Hull were missing several key players who all pulled out at the last minute so it was a bit of a mix and match team that took to the field at the Totally Wicked Stadium. This didn’t bode well for Lee Radford and his team who were set to face a red hot St Helens side who had just knocked off Castleford at The Jungle, a feat not managed by any other team this season.
Just before kick off the heavens opened and with James Child officiating it was never going to be pretty. The first half was difficult to watch as both sides made error after error. Despite going behind early Hull managed to stay in the game thanks to some tenacious defence and Marc Sneyd scored a fine individual try to take the sides into half time level at 6-6.
With 15 minutes to go the score was still locked at 6 apiece when Sneyd stepped up to win his side the two points. He kicked a penalty from the half way line to give his side a slender two point lead. They managed the game brilliantly in the last 15 minutes to close out a vital win. The win sees them go four points clear of Saints in 5th and just a point behind Leeds in 2nd so the importance of the result shouldn’t be underestimated.
The Robins took a huge step towards the promised land of Super League with a late charge at Leigh. They trailed with only a few minutes to go but a controversial Shaun Lunt try was enough for the two points as Rovers held on for a 16-20 win. It was a hard fought win against their Super League opponents and they may well look back on this result as their ticket to promotion in a few weeks time.
Results against the four Super League teams in the Qualifiers will be the deciding factor for Rovers so it’s looking good for KR so far. Two wins from two sees them sit second behind Warrington and should they beat the other two Championship teams they are yet to face in the Qualifiers they will be well on the way to home advantage in the Million Pound game and maybe even automatic promotion.
Both the Under 19 and Under 16 COHA sides tasted victory in their final regular season games. The under 19’s had to do it the hard way at Lockwood Park in Huddersfield. They trailed 18-0 in the first half before launching a comeback. Jordan Lane and Joe Cator scored to reduce the deficit to six points but the Giants scored again to make it 24-12 at half time.
The COHA lads were excellent in the second half and Jack Brown, Elliot Wallis, Will Oakes and Jez Litten scored four unanswered tries to give COH a 32-24 lead with a few minutes to go. The hosts scored to make it 28-32 but the COHA held on for a brilliant comeback win meaning they ended the regular season 9 games unbeaten. Their reward is a trip to Castleford in the playoffs this Saturday after finishing third in the regular season.
The Under 16’s also won a closely fought game. They defeated Wigan 28-26 away from home to sign off their season on a high.
Bragging rights were on the line this weekend as Myton Warriors hosted West Hull in the National Conference Premier Division on Saturday. West Hull took the spoils in style as they hammered the Warriors 40 points to 4.
Elsewhere in the Premier Division Skirlaugh were narrowly defeated 16-20 at home by Wath Brow Hornets while in Division One Hull Dockers were 18-33 winners at Shaw Cross Sharks.