Game-time is paramount for Hull FC Reserves this season, and once again with key players on the field they produced a clinical display to comfortably beat South Wales 58-6 at a very mild and sunny Brantingham Park.
In truth the Black and Whites were a class above their opposition, but fair play to the Welsh outfit, who kept going and showed a few Super League sides up when it comes to fielding a team at this level.
Hull though played some terrific rugby, especially in the first half. They were expansive and clinical in the taking of their chances. Physically they was up a notch and the manner of the tries was pleasing. Plenty were long range efforts, with great execution and speed exhibited.
The half back combination of Jack Wray and Marvin Lee really impressed, especially the latter who was outstanding. Lee, a 21-year-old part-time half, was terrific throughout. His running game was superb scoring two tries, but his passing was also slick and he was always involved.
Elsewhere Matty Welham popped up with a hat-trick of tries, they were also braces for Mike Adlard and Cameron Scott. Prop forward Ross Osborne, who put in huge minutes, also impressed. Hooker Josh Wood played the full eighty minutes too, as Hull’s effort was even more commendable given they only fielded 15 players – with Zeus Silk and Joel Laynez unused subs.
Also missing three players to first team call ups, and with Nick Rawsthorne and Jordan Lane still absent, the win was even more impressive, but of course perspective should be given. Hull will face sterner sides this season, and it’s all about how they face up against the big three from over the Pennies later this year.
Still though that was a good display. Hull were more fluent in the first half and took their chances. North Hull Knights winger Matty Welham opened the scoring, before the impressive Cameron Scott doubled FC’s lead.
Marvin Lee and captain Jack Downs soon crossed over for fine tries, with Michael Adlard grabbing a quick fire brace. Hull were out of sight by now, with Welham adding a second to bring up their seventh and final try of the half.
FC were a little wayward in the second half but the game was already won. Welham got his hat-trick try off a Alex Gilbey offload, before a superb break by Lee earned his second score.
South Wales did manage to pull one back, but teenage centre Cameron Scott then added a fine individual effort, before Jack Wray crossed for the games final try.
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Michael Adlard, 5. Jack Sanderson, 4. Connor Bower, 3. Cameron Scott, 2. Matty Welham, 6. Marvin Lee, 7. Jack Wray, 8. Ross Osborne, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Brandon Westerman, 12. Ash Bastiman, 13. Jack Downs. Interchange: 14. Matthew Cook, 15. Alex Gilbey, 16. Zeus Silk (unused), 17. Joel Marquez-Laynez (unused).
Hull Tries: Welham 3, Scott 2, Lee 2, Downs, Adlard 2, Wray. Goals: Wray 7/11