Academy U19 League Season Spilt – Group One – Round Seven – Thursday 30th July – Hull 24 Rovers 18 – Bishop Burton College
Hull FC’s Under-19s side made it five Derby wins in a row with a hard earned 24-18 victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Racing into a commanding 20-0 first half lead the Black and Whites eased off in the second forty to allow some respectability to what was a pretty noticeable difference in physicality, class, and talent.
Benefiting from the sheer brute force of starting props Brad Fash and Masimbaashe Matongo, Hull set an imposing platform, with the duo’s strong running and impressive ability to win and control the floor showcasing the hosts authority over their opposition.
Metres were never difficult to come by, and following a towering bomb on the first set Hull gained notable field position, and a first opportunity to strike. They didn’t waste it, as in-form hooker come fullback Jez Litten provided a slick looping pass for Mike Adlard to touchdown – his first for the club.
Litten, expressing his dangerous running game from the back enacted his talents from a starting spot, and was a threat throughout – continuing his more than notable recent contributions.
Making the most of a dominant opening quarter, current first team man Jordan Abdull was outstanding, vocally superb his distribution and organisation was a constant thorn in Rovers’ defence. Breaks kept coming, and it was left to Abdull himself to barge over for his fifth try in as many games at this level. Harry Tyson-Wilson converted for a 10-0 lead.
Persistent, Hull’s onslaught continued, as Callum Smith expertly finished in the left corner. Deployed in the left wing spot, Callum was one of a handful of stars tweaked out of their more favourable position to cover the loses of stars Reece Dean and Callum Lancaster. Not that it seemed to affect him, once more delivering the solid performance we see week in week out.
Fellow senior Jack Downs was also exceptional, running some great lines but also coming up with the hard graft in defence. Likewise with his outside centre Connor Bower, who despite playing busted continuously puts his body on the line for his side – enlightening the commitment of this group of lads. They bleed Black and White.
Interchange man Ross Osborne then further exemplified Hull’s early physical domination with a try before half time, rampaging under the sticks for his tenth four pointer of 2015 – a pretty astounding achievement for a prop forward.
Sharing the kicking responsibilities once more, Abdull converted his first and only successive conversion for a 20-0 interval lead.
Guilty of a lack of composure in the second half Hull served up a pretty sour second forty, with composure absent to what should – with all due respect of course – have been a greater winning margin.
Perfectionist coach Richard Horne demands nothing but excellence, with each mistake or lack of discipline met with such frustration on his walkie-talkie. Though showing the same passion he excelled with in his playing days, Horne’s influence has seen – for the majority of 2015 – a much more flamboyant attack, with over 700 points scored in just nineteen league games.
Though easing off on this occasion the door was open for the visitors to capitalise. Rovers therefore struck first, before a break in the scoring ultimately closed the game out. Jansin Turgut did run a neat line to cross over for a late try, and two even later efforts from the win-less Rovers outfit added some respectability to the score-line – amid nothing else.
Hull FC, winning the past five Derbies at this level, looked comfortable. Showing once more the admirable trait of winning whilst in first gear, as they continue their commendable top two play-off charge. Next up Saints at home on Saturday week.
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Jez Litten, 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Jack Logan, 5. Callum Smith, 6. Jordan Abdull, 7. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 8. Brad Fash, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Brad Clavering. Interchange: 14. Ross Osborne, 15. Matty Liggins, 16. Brad Harrison, 17. Zeus Silk.
Hull Tries: Adlard, Abdull, Smith, Osborne, Turgut. Goals: HTW 1/2 Abdull 1/3
Rovers Starting XIII: 1. Cory Sanderson, 2. Connah Noble, 3. Ben Holdstock, 4. Joe Wardill, 5. Ash Leaming, 6. Marvin Lee, 7. Liam Harris, 8. Chris Smith, 9. Macauley Duke, 10. Stephen Holker, 11. Joe Cator, 12. Harry Aldous, 13. George Lawler. Interchange: 14. Will Jubb, 15. Kieran Moran, 16. Aiden Armstrong, 17. Josh Hamilton.
Rovers Tries: Aldous, Holker, Duke. Goals: Harris 1/1, Holker 2/2.
Referee: Jack Smith (Wigan)