Academy Under 19 League Season Spilt – Group One – Round Twelve – Saturday 05th September – Hull 26 Warrington 24 – Bishop Burton College
In bitterly cold and windy conditions at Bishop Burton College, Hull FC’s Under-19s dished out one of their best performances of 2015 to narrowly dispatch a powerful Warrington Wolves side by 26 points to 24.
Concluding the regular season with a third placed finish – and with a top four play-off encounter at St Helens to come thanks to todays highlights – it’s a fantastic achievement for the academy, and one they should take a lot of pride and admiration from.
Enduring an early season run at the top of the table, first team call ups plus injuries have somewhat derailed their challenge, but rest assured these boys are top draw, a pleasure to watch, and plenty of them will align the first team in years to come.
Coming back from a 16-6 half time deficit, Hull were absolutely superb in a commendable second forty minute effort that saw them run around, through and over their opposition – an effort that saw them gain the two points with just 16-players used.
Jansin Turgut was at the heart of the resistance. Moving to the middle from the left centre spot after the interval, the current Hull FC and former England Academy captain was exceptional, running his blood to water with a performance full of guts and determination.
Not on his own Hull’s pack was formidable, with starting props Masimbaashe Matongo and Ross Osborne conquering all before them. Rookie forward Joel Marquez-Laynez arguably had his best ever game at this level, and the returning Jordan Lane – playing his first match in over a year due to a horrific knee injury – was absolutely outstanding.
Scoring two, with an exciting offload game, amid running expert lines in a commanding eighty minute performance saw Lane take the plaudits from a purring Richard Horne – plaudits indisputably deserved after a dangerous looking right edge partnership with childhood chum Zeus Silk.
Though the ex-Hull half back’s side have endured a difficult run in recent weeks with three defeats in four games, but here they were back to their best, despite no fewer than nine lads missing out through injury or first team action.
Hull started in top gear, weathering the storm to take the lead thanks to a barging run from Ross Osborne – powering his way over under the sticks for his eleventh try of the year. Dean converted, as his impressive personnel points tally went over the 200 point mark.
Warrington, finishing the regular season in fourth place, were a tough nut to crack. Beating leaders Wigan several weeks ago they are deserving of their accolades, and proved so again with three quick tries before the interval.
A sucker punch for Hull brought about a try for Harry Reardon, with the scrum half intercepting Jack Sanderson’s pass. Robert Holroyd then surged his way over before Charlie Phythian acutely added a third for a 16-6 lead.
In a tight contest, Warrington’s offload game excelled their progress, openings were hard to come by, with clean breaks limited. Prop Daniel Murray was excellent, as Hull struggled to limit his metre making ability.
Though the flamboyant hosts came out firing in the second half, knocking up three unanswered second half tries. Game-star Jansin Turgut was able to muscle his side forward, with Clavering – and in particular Jordan Lane – causing havoc on the fringes.
The former West Hull amateur ran an expert lead line for the first of his brace, before Turgut showed great finesse to dummy his way over. One from two from Reece Dean’s boot brought the scores level, but Hull were to take the lead from a neat tap penalty play.
Jez Litten once more changed the speed of the game from the bench in his preferred hooking role. The rookie pivot has arguably been Hull’s best player in the second half of the season, and was once more on target, supplying his former Green and Gold teammate for a well worked try.
Warrington then levelled as winger Jack Fox squeezed over in the corner, with Hull almost rueing a sequence of costly last tackle errors – thanks largely to a turbulent wind. Back to back sets then brought the visitors further reward, with Daniel Murray edging the young Wolves to a 24-20 lead.
Hull going into the last quarter, needed one last play, and they got it through their twenty-two try man Reece Dean. Raw from a six week ankle lay off, Dean showed once more his expert running game in an agile stepping run to the line for a brilliant score – before converting for a two point advantage.
The home side then withheld some desperate last ditch attack from their opponents, as they demonstrated their defensive resilience – amidst equally rewarding smart last tackle kicking from Dean – to take a hard earned and thoroughly deserved victory.
Hull Starting XII: 1. Jack Sanderson, 2. Josh Poskitt, 3. Zeus Silk, 4. Jansin Turgut, 5. Ryan Adamson, 6. Josh Wood, 7. Reece Dean, 8. Masimbaashe Matongo, 9. Brad Harrison, 10. Ross Osborne, 11. Ash Bastiman, 12. Jordan Lane, 13. Brad Clavering. Interchange: 14. Charlie Weaver, 15. Joel Marquez-Laynez, 16. Callum Smith (unused), 17. Jez Litten.
Hull Tries: Osborne, Lane 2, Turgut, Dean. Goals: Dean 3/5
Warrington Starting XIII: 1. Jack Johnson, 2. Ben Stansfield, 3. Richard Harris, 4. Charlie Phythian, 5. Jack Fox, 6. Toby King, 7. Harry Reardon, 8. Daniel Murray, 9. Reece Brunt, 10. George Shaw, 11. Sam Wilde, 12. Ellis Gillam, 13. Nathan Ainsworth. Interchange: 14. Robert Holroyd, 15. Daniel Hirst, 16. Jay Neath, 17. Andy Philbin.
Warrington Tries: Reardon, Holroyd, Phythian, Fox, Murray. Goals: Harris 2/5
Referee: Tom Hudson (Leeds)