There’s fewer welcome sights than an opening day win, and Hull RUFC got just that with a 31-13 victory over Rossendale.
Coming through home and hosed at their Chanterlands Avenue based venue, the hosts got the job done despite having two players sent to the sin bin.
But more importantly this was a sign of evolution from Hull, having lost to the Lancashire based side, who finished second, twice last season. On this occasion though there was a gulf in class as Gary Pearce’s side turned it on in front of a good home crowd.
Hull dominated the game. They scored five tries to one, securing a bonus point, with former Hull FC wingers Callum Lancaster and Mike Adlard both crossing for tries.
Lancaster joined the rugby union side from the Black and Whites earlier this season, with Adlard a more recent acquisition.
Victory for Hull was rarely in doubt as Cameron Curry crossed over for the first try of the afternoon. Adlard then showed his devastating speed to score, before Rupert Kay scrambled to add another try.
Steve Johnson was sent to the sin bin as Rossendale hit back with a penalty goal, but that did little to take the shine off a 19-3 half time lead.
The away outfit continued their purple patch with another penalty, and eventually crossed for a try with Joe Barker barging over.
This brought them within six points, but former Bishop Burton College student, not to mention talented three-quarter, Ali Heard, was then able to finish a free flowing move to bring some daylight between the sides.
The game was then in the balance, until Lancaster rounded off the scoring with his sides fifth and final try.