It’s been another busy weekend of Rugby League across Hull with some vital wins and narrow defeats. It’s time for the latest FanaticHull Rugby League round-up.
Hull FC kept their top four hopes alive with a narrow victory over Wakefield on Thursday night. In a thrilling affair in front of the Sky Sports Cameras both teams went full tilt at each other for 80 minutes. The season was on the line for both clubs and Wakefield took the game to Hull early on. After a poor first half Hull weathered the storm and came back strongly in the second half.
The Black and White home crowd were bidding farewell to Steve Michaels, Mahe Fonua and Gareth Ellis and both Fonua and Ellis got on the scoresheet in their final match at the KCOM. Hull were left biting their fingernails at the end though as Liam Finn missed two drop goal attempts to level the match. His second attempt missed by a whisker and Hull held on for a 19-18 win.
With Wigan losing to Castleford Hull sit two points clear of Wigan and St Helens going into the final Super 8’s game this week. A win for Hull would guarantee them third place and a trip to Leeds in the semis while a defeat could see them miss out entirely depending on other results.
After their promotion heroics the week before Hull KR chose to rest some players and send some off for operations ahead of next season. With that in mind a much changed Hull KR side took to the field against Catalans who were desperate for a win in their bid to avoid the Million Pound Game.
The young Robins played well for large parts of the game and came very close to winning against a poor Catalans side. Chris Atkin kicked a drop goal to make it 19-8 but two late Catalans tries denied Rovers their sixth straight Qualifiers win. They could even have nicked the win right at the end but Atkin was off target with a penalty. Rovers will now finish their season away at Warrington this week before looking ahead to Super League for 2018.
Unfortunately it wasn’t a great weekend for our amateur sides with only West Hull managing to get a victory. They were narrow 30-26 winners over Pilkington Recs but that was as good as it got.
Skirlaugh lost 28-12 at Kells while Hull Dockers went down 24-34 at home to Normanton Knights. It was Myton Warriors who had the worst weekend though as they were hammered 52-0 by Thatto Heath Crusaders.