Hull FC Reserves won their fourth straight victory with a thrilling 46-20 triumph over Halifax on Wednesday night.
Here are the Talking Points.
Man like Marvin
The ex-Skirlaugh and Hull Kingston Rovers Academy half back is having a terrific first season with Hull FC. He notched up a try-brace for the third game running, supporting a Matongo break and taking the line on himself to score his tries. Marvin is looking the part at this level. The 21-year-old has an outstanding running game, yet he can also pass and kick to effect. He controlled the first twenty minutes in particular at Halifax in a great display. He’s got the lot and why the Robins let him go on this evidence is a mystery. Another one bites the dust. There’s a talent here and Hull will do their best to nurture it.
Rawsthorne form continues
I’ve been very impressed with what I’ve seen of Nick Rawsthorne this season. The move to the wing from centre has done him the world of good. He seems to have an abundance of confidence at the moment. He finished his try superbly and kicked five goals from as many attempts in an intriguing first half performance. He’s progressing well at York too on loan, scoring a hat-trick this past weekend. Nick on this form is doing himself the world of good, and lee Radford will be feeling confident should he ever require him for the first team.
Sanderson best game of season to date
Playing most of the season on the right wing, Sanderson swapped with Mike Adlard in the second half and went to fullback. Adlard is a speedster and lethal in the clear but a change was experimented at Fax. Sanderson to his credit got involved. He is brilliant under the high bomb, and from a tap twenty, broke downfield before finding Adlard for a terrific try.
Clinical opening quarter was brilliant
Halifax gave Hull four tough games last season at this level, so the way the latter started the game was even more commendable. Scoring four tries in the opening quarter FC were ruthless. They took their chances and were clinical in their execution. Fax muscled up afterwards and showed their admirable qualities. It was a fiery contest after that and a good workout for the Hull lads. Both teams are a credit to the Reserve set up.
Matongo and Downs
Masimbaashe Matongo and Jack Downs both featured at Halifax, which should give a big indication to the team Radford will name for the cup game against Catalans on Friday. Both were named in the 19-man-squad but both played on Wednesday night. Matongo got through a lot of work and made some great metres, likewise with Downs who as always stood out at this level.
Wood the terrier
The part time lads, Alex Gilbey, Marvin Lee, Ash Bastiman and Josh Wood, all had their moments at Fax. They’re a credit to the side at the moment and all came up with their contributions. At hooker Wood was tenacious all game. Richard Horne rates him highly and rightly so. He’s a tough little trooper and never takes a backwards step. He got stuck in, directed well from the ruck and never backed down to the Fax forwards. Another good display from a player that knows the game inside out.