As usual it’s been another busy weekend of Rugby League across Hull especially in the Black and White half of the city. It’s time for the FanaticHull Rugby League Roundup.
Hull FC secured their place in the playoff semi-finals with an impressive 16-48 win at Castleford. The Tigers rested several of their first team stars with one eye on their own semi-final this week but Hull were mightily impressive on the night in testing wet conditions. Jake Connor grabbed his first professional hat trick while Jamie Shaul bagged an eye-catching brace and Carlos Tuimavave, Albert Kelly and Danny Houghton all crossed to complete the win.
Hull appear to have hit some form just at the right time and will head to Headingley on Friday night confident they can win there for the first time in ten years to make it to the Grand Final on October 7th.
Albert Kelly was on fire on Friday night and it was a great day for the half back as he was nominated for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel Award. He has made the final three man shortlist along with Luke Gale and Zak Hardaker. Meanwhile Kelly has today been named in the Super League Dream Team for the first time alongside Mahe Fonua who has made the team for the second year in a row.
Hull KR ended their Qualifiers campaign with a second consecutive defeat this time at the hands of Warrington Wolves. Rovers fans won’t be worried though with promotion secured two weeks ago. Tim Sheens side played well in the first half and led 16-18 but ran out of steam in the second and Tony Smith’s side ran out 46-24 winners in the end to mark his final game in charge of the Wolves with a win.
While everyone at the club is delighted with promotion Tim Sheens wanted to win every Qualifiers game and with that in mind he is already targeting areas of recruitment for next season to improve his squad. He knows he needs to add some size and power to his forward pack to take his side to the next level in Super League next season. Hull KR have competed in every Qualifiers campaign since the concept began and Sheens will be looking to secure a Super 8’s place for the first time next season.
Hull Schools took on Mackay State High School on Friday night at Craven Park in the first of their two match test series. The Australian visitors are over here as part of a partnership with the Archbishop Sentamu Academy Rugby League Scholarship Programme. The Aussies ran out 28-8 victors in an entertaining match. The second game takes place tonight at Bishop Burton College.