It’s been another busy weekend of Rugby League across Hull with a mixed bag of results. It’s time for the FanaticHull Rugby League round-up
Hull FC’s preparations for Wembley couldn’t have gone much worse as they were hammered 18-46 by Huddersfield at the KCOM Stadium on Friday night. The Hull players clearly had one eye on Wembley and maybe even two as their attitude just wasn’t right on the night. They fell off tackles and never got into the grind with the Giants. That result means Hull’s chances of securing a home semi-final in the playoffs are hanging by a thread.
That may have worried some Hull fans but they will certainly up their game for the Wembley showpiece on Saturday. Wigan will be brimming with confidence though after easily beating Salford on Friday night.
On a positive note Lee Radford has confirmed he has a fully fit squad to choose from ahead of the final with Jamie Shaul, Albert Kelly and Scott Taylor all nailed on to return to the side. He has already informed his players of who will be playing on Saturday giving them the full week to prepare.
Hull KR took another big step towards the promised land of Super League with a win over London but they didn’t make it easy for themselves. They fell behind early but tries from Danny Addy, Kieran Moss, Robbie Mulhern and Ryan Shaw gave them a comfortable 25-8 lead at half time. They had to withstand a resurgent Broncos side in the second half though and ended up holding on for a narrow 35-30 win.
Despite it not being emphatic the Robins notched up another win to keep their perfect record so far in the qualifiers. Warrington are the only other side with a perfect record and other teams especially Catalans are looking nowhere near their best. Should Rovers win their next two games against Featherstone and Widnes a place in Super League for 2018 will be almost guaranteed.
The COHA under 19’s suffered playoff heartbreak on Friday night. They were narrowly beaten 26-24 by Castleford who will now contest the academy Grand Final. The COH lads led 10-18 at half time and looked well on course for a first Grand Final appearance. The young Tigers stormed back though to lead 26-18. A late Brad Clavering try and Will Oakes conversion set up a grand stand finish but it wasn’t enough and the Tigers held on.
Despite suffering a gutting semi-final defeat it’s still been a brilliant season for the COHA lads and to end the regular season 9 games unbeaten was mightily impressive. Hopefully they can go one better next season!
Two of the COHA under 16’s have received some brilliant news this weekend as they have been called up to the England RL youth side. Congratulations to Will Tate and Josh Gray on their call ups. Thoroughly deserved after a brilliant season from both youngsters.
Only one of our local Amateur sides was in action this weekend. West Hull hosted Wigan St Patrick’s in the RFL Challenge Trophy. Unfortunately they were well beaten 18-38 and bow out of the trophy for another year.