Hull FC Reserves, back to pretty much a full strength side, advocated their promise with an outstanding 28-18 victory against a strong Warrington outfit.
Richard Horne’s side played some compelling stuff. Nick Rawsthorne was arguably the pick of an impressive bunch. He scored twice, assisted another and his general work rate and contributions were fantastic.
Hull fielded both Liam Watts and Jansin Turgut after the duo completed suspensions. Watts played the full first half and was a handful throughout, whereas Turgut put in a stellar display. Jack Downs and Brad Fash were also back from injury, and both put in solid stints as the pack certainly impressed.
It was a good performance from the Black and Whites, with Warrington having their only dominant spell of the game whilst a man up. It says a lot about Hull, who, at least when they get this calibre of personnel on the field, are a match for anybody at this level. They really did play some terrific stuff, with half backs Jack Wray and Marvin Lee barking their instructions out.
Refreshing to see, it was a great advert for the Reserves format. With Super League experience amongst both sides it was a terrific contest, and played in warm sunny conditions at Hull Ionian’s impressive facilities.
Hull FC celebrate Jack Sanderson’s try. Image: Ian Tomlinson
It was Warrington though who started in the ascendency. Curtis Naughton, back from his loan spell at Leigh, was sin binned early on, and this proved costly, with Wire scoring three times in his absence.
Speedster winger Taylor Pell got all three tries, with Patton failing to convert all three attempts. Wire at this stage, and with Lee Briers barking his instructions out, were on top, but that was soon to change, as a resurgent Hull outfit got themselves back in the contest.
On Naughton’s return, and therefore back amongst a level playing field, the home side impressed. They asked the question and got the answer. Liam Watts, on completion of a four game suspension, provided a superb offload for Jansin Turgut to dive under the sticks for Hull’s first try, before Nick Rawsthorne impressively finished in the left corner.
Rawsthorne then intercepted a Warrington pass to race ninety metres for his sides third try, as Hull, thanks to the former Fax man’s impression form from the tee, took the lead for the first time. A poor tackle attempt from Naughton though ended the half, as Luke Foden scored to bring the scores level ahead of half time.
Hull though kicked on after the break. Jack Sanderson beat several defenders to score Hull’s fourth try, before Cameron Scott backed up a Rawsthorne break to extend his sides lead.
FC then lost Naughton to a leg knock, as the home side reshuffled their back line. Scott almost added a second try, but he was ruled to have failed to ground the ball. Rawsthorne’s brilliant afternoon was then cut short as he was taken off with a knock as FC repelled their line superbly to round off a more than satisfactory victory.
Nick Rawsthorne was outstanding for Hull FC. Image: Ian Tomlinson
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Curtis Naughton, 2. Jack Sanderson, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Cameron Scott, 5. Nick Rawsthorne, 6. Marvin Lee, 7. Jack Wray, 8. Ross Osborne, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Liam Watts, 11. Brandon Westerman, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jansin Turgut. Bench: 14. Jez Litten, 15. Alex Gilbey, 16. Brad Fash, 17. Zeus Silk, 19. Mike Adlard.
Hull Tries: Turgut, Rawsthorne 2, Sanderson, Scott. Goals: Rawsthorne 4/5
Warrington: 1. Declan Kay, 2. Richard Harris, 3. Danny Rasool, 4. Benjamin Julien, 5. Taylor Pell, 6. Brad Stanway, 7. Declan Patton, 8. Lee Mitchell, 9. Tyler Whittaker, 10. Joe Philbin, 11. Andre Savelio, 12. Lewis Hatton, 13. Sam Wilde. Bench: 14. Joe Ryan, 15. Brad Dwyer, 21: Paddy Jones, 16. Luke Foden, 17. Alex Whalley, 18. Jay Lowbin, 19. James Jones.
Warrington Tries: Pell 3, Whalley. Goals: Patton 1/4
Scoring System: 0-4, 0-8, 0-12, 6-12, 12-12, 18-12, 18-18, 22-18, 28-18.