It’s four wins in a row now for the talented Hull FC Reserves side, who produced a clinical performance to beat Halifax 46-20 at the MBi Shay Stadium.
The young Black and Whites had a dominant 20-minute spell to thank. Coming out the blocks faster they showed no mercy to their opposition, who actually responded well after a disastrous start. Hull in parts were terrific. They were slick and completed well against tough opponents, who certainly packed a punch. Fax are a credit to the reserve set up, despite what the score-line says, and mounted up to make a game of it for the majority of the evening.
Playing the first half despite being on loan to York, Nick Rawsthorne returned to the side and finished with a personal 14-point haul, but the star itself was Marvin Lee. Scoring his third straight try-brace, the half back was outstanding again. The 21-year-old dictated play all evening and is having a superb first season at Hull FC after joining from amateur outfit Skirlaugh.
Jack Sanderson also had his best game of the season to date. He got stuck in all game, both attack and defence, and finished with a neat try assist too. Jack Wray had his moments too and Masimbaashe Matongo got through a mountain of work.
Hull started the game like a house on fire. They were absolutely ruthless in the taking of their chances. Clinical, four tries came in the first quarter alone as Horne’s side camped on Halifax’s line. Rawsthorne grabbed the games first try, twisting his way out the tackle, before the in-form half back Marvin Lee got in on the act. Lee then supported a Matongo break to complete his brace in as many minutes, before Jack Downs stretched over for Hull’s fourth score of a rampant spell.
Halifax to their credit muscled up towards the end of the first half. They got themselves into the contest and started to see more of the ball. The game evened up but after a poor last tackle option, Sanderson was able to send speedster Mike Adlard over from a tap restart. Rawsthorne kept up his 100% from the tee, with Hull 30-0 to the good at half time.
The home outfit continued their eminence after the break. They asked the question and finally got their reward, with powerful prop Luke Nelmes pounding his way over in consolation. Though Hull, who became slightly wayward after a dominant start, responded with Ash Bastiman grounding a Wray kick for their sixth try.
Wray’s influence was getting stronger as the half progressed, supplying an excellent offload to Alex Gilbey who touched down under the posts, despite being a man short with Ross Osborne’s sin bin. Fax though kept up their plucky opposition tag and worked the ball well out wide for Jamie Stringer to impressively finish.
Connor Bower added a superb score soon after, yet the contest was soured late on with a big brawl. Punches were thrown everywhere, and as a result Josh Wood was sin binned and Luke Nelmes was sent off.
The game was now fiery to say the least and Sion Jones managed to grab another Fax try, their third of the game, before Jack Mead got the games final try of an entertaining contest.
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Michael Adlard, 2. Nick Rawsthorne, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Cameron Scott, 5. Jack Sanderson, 6. Marvin Lee, 7. Jack Wray, 8. Ross Osborne, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Jack Downs, 14. Ash Bastiman, 13. Zeus Silk. Interchange: Jez Litten, 15. Alex Gilbey, Niall Sidney, Billy Wardell.
Hull Tries: Rawsthorne, Lee 2, Downs, Adlard, Bastiman, Gilbey, Bower. Goals: Rawsthorne 5/5 Wray 2/3.
Scoring System: 0-6, 0-12, 0-18, 0-24, 0-30, 6-30, 6-34, 10-34, 10-40, 10-46, 16-46, 20-46.