On Good Friday the Derby was finally back, let’s just not mention the result! The pre-season friendly is nothing more than a money spinner but for the first time in 18 months we witnessed the real thing once again. Over 12,000 fans, setting a new Hull KR attendance record, were be packed into Craven Park cheering on their respective sides in the one true Rugby League Derby.
Despite what the morons at Sky would have you believe, Hull KR v Hull FC is the jewel in the Super League crown. You can stick your St Helens V Wigan, Leeds v Bradford, Warrington V Widnes and Castleford v Wakefield “derbies” where the sun don’t shine because they are all pale imitations of the real thing. Whether your Red and White or Black and White this derby means the world to almost everyone across our great City and the others just don’t compare.
For Rovers v Hull to have to play the curtain raiser role on Good Friday once again was beyond me as Sky’s B team commentators were sent to Craven Park as the likes of Eddie Hemmings got hot under the collar watching St Helens v Wigan. It’s a joke but the people that matter, those packed into Craven Park, didn’t care as Rovers and Hull put on a show.
The RFL clearly value the derby and they exploit it in a lot of ways especially as they are making us play the derby at Magic Weekend which not only dilutes the intensity of the fixture but they then compound that by making it the last game on the Sunday, just to make it seem like there is still a big crowd for the final game of the weekend. But let’s not go on about the RFL and Sky we will be here all year!
There have been some belting encounters between the two sides over the years with memorable wins for both. Obviously, we all hoped for a red and white win on Good Friday but it wasn’t to be. Despite the result we should be proud of our City derby and should cherish every minute of it. The hatred and the atmosphere generated between the two sets of fans is unrivalled just like the Glasgow derby between Celtic and Rangers. Unless you have been there and experienced the atmosphere, especially at Craven Park, you will never understand what it’s like.
The East Stand was rocking with the red red robin belting out around three sides of the ground before kick off. A cauldron of noise greeted the teams as they entered the pitch that Hemmings could hear in St Helens. The game didn’t go our way but it had a bit of everything, a red card, dodgy decisions, big hits and some needle between the two sets of players, what more can you ask for? except a win of course.
Fair play to Hull for the win but it’s fair to say the two clubs did the Hull derby proud and the Jewel of the Super League crown was shining brightly at a sold out Craven Park. We’ll have you at Magic Weekend! RRTR