Hull leave it late to defeat plucky Harrogate

Hull RUFC maintained their unbeaten run, although in nervous fashion, as they won their third game from four to keep up their almost perfect start to the season with a 27-23 victory at Harrogate.

The hosts played their part in another competitive fixture, but ultimately the Hull side were too good at the death, playing a counter attacking style of rugby that was too hot to handle.

Defensively they had their moments, and finished strongly, with four tries earning Hull the bonus point that keeps them at the right end of the table.

The North Yorkshire outfit though had the better of the opening exchanges and scored an unconverted try followed by a penalty for an early 8-0 lead.

Steve Johnson reduced the deficit with a penalty of his own, and then took the lead after Mike Adlard burst through the defensive line, assisting Stephen Hitetah for the converted try.

Harrogate then got themselves a penalty try as Hull pulled a maul down and then a further penalty put them further ahead, but the away side responded before half time with Lee Birch crossing to put his side just three points down at the break.

Mike Jobling came on in the second half and showed his potency with Ben Bootham in the loose positions.

Hull had the better of the second and soon scored as Mike Adlard once again showed his frightening pace to sprint over for a fine try.  Birch converted, with Johnson going off to injury.

Harrogate responded once more and took the lead again with a forwards drive, edging the score by a solitary point with the final ten minutes looming.

Hull left it late, and with just four minutes remaining they mounted yet another attack from near the halfway line and their pace was too much for a tiring defence.

The impressive Lee Birch dived over in the corner for the winning try. The full backs conversion attempt hit the post but Hull held on to the lead to return to winning ways following last weeks draw.

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