Both Hull RUFC and Preston were 100% from their opening two games going into the third week of the season, so something had to give, and ultimately it did – but not in the way many would have predicted.
With both sides having opportunities to win, a draw was probably a fair result, especially given the tense feel to the 10-10 contest at Chanterlands Avenue.
But given traffic, maybe partially due to City hosting Sunderland in the Football Championship nearby, Preston only arrived 40 minutes before kick off, so their result is arguably more testament to them.
They started slowly but came back to level. However that wasn’t before Hull races into an early lead. Harvey Howard’s quick tap penalty in the opening minute allowed Stephen Hihetah to score, but the conversion was missed – a familiar routine throughout the match.
Preston then had their fullback sin binned and the home side made the numerical advantage count. Joe Stafford doubled Hull’s lead at 10-0 but that was as good as it got.
The hosts were aided by two missed penalty attempts from Preston, as they kept their opposite to nil going into half time.
Preston then missed a drop goal attempt, but soon made amends when their forward pack powered over for their first try.
Hull found field position hard to come by and then lost Cameron Curry to the sinbin, with Hihetah soon following, meaning they played the final twenty minutes with fourteen men. Preston made it count, levelling with another unconverted try.
Hull absorbed the pressure and missed a late penalty attempt to win the game, meaning both sides shared the spoils after a nervy encounter.