Hull FC’s youngsters rounded off a challenging pre-season campaign with a comfortable 38-18 victory at Doncaster.
Seven tries were scored in total, as Richard Horne’s reserve side clicked into gear with attacking fluency bringing with it some eye-catching tries.
Masimbaashe Matongo, who has enjoyed a terrific pre-season, was brilliant again, as he drove forward at ease, making notable metre counts as he busted the line.
The 20-year-old will no doubt feature in the first team at some point this season and he fully deserves it, looking both matured and capable enough to handle the top flight.
Elsewhere Nick Rawsthorne gave a good account of himself on the right wing, and new boy Jake Connor grew into the game as it progressed.
It was a good run out for Hull, who were tested by a Doncaster side that featured former Hull FC Challenge Cup winner Jamie Thackray.
The veteran prop to his credit was superb all afternoon and never stopped, nor dropped, his work-rate. It was some showing from the old timer, and his performance was matched by his team-mates early on as the Dons took an early 8-0 lead.
Tommy Docherty got on the end of two kicks to score a quick fire brace, firstly beating Callum Lancaster to score, then making use of a favourable bounce to get his second.
Hull though responded and grew into the game as it progressed. Lancaster made amends with a fine finish after good work from Kevin Larroyer, who didn’t do much wrong on his FC debut.
The club seem unlikely to take a gamble on the Frenchmen, but he looked solid at the Keepmoat, and more than had his moments.
With the momentum behind them Hull hit a purple patch of try-scoring. Jordan Thompson crashed over, but Connor’s missed conversion attempt locked the scores at 8-8.
Dual reg centre Matthew Cook, a player Horne knows well, then eased to the try line, before an impressive Jansin Turgut offload found Mahe Fonua for a fourth score.
Turgut, like Matongo, gave a stellar performance and like his current reserve team-mate, gave a good indication to his first team potential.
Doncaster meanwhile never gave up and scored again before half time, as Hull took a 20-14 lead into the break.
Hull continued their eminence in the second half and held Doncaster out with a complete reserve team, including the likes of Zeus Silk, Marvin Lee and Connor Bower, fielded.
Ross Osborne put in some huge hits and Jez Litten soon began to stamp his authority during a terrific performance. The teenage hooker scooted over for a fine individual try, and then set up a Kevin Larroyer effort with a fantastic fifty metre break from acting half.
Marvin Lee then got his first ever Hull FC try after beating some poor Doncaster defence to score, but the Dons for the final say, as Charlie Martin cruised over for a consolation effort.
Doncaster Starting XIII: Louis Sheriff, Sam Doherty, Jason Tali, Liam Welham, Richie Barnett, Jordie Hedges, Jack Miller, Zac Braham, Kyle Kesik, Mark Castle, Charlie Martin, Chris Heil, Jamie Thackray. Interchange: Ryan Wright, Conor Scott, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jason Muranka, Brad England, Makali Aizue, Jordan Howden.
Doncaster Tries: Doherty 2, Thackray, Martin. Goals: 2/4
Hull Starting XIII: 34. Jack Sanderson, 23. Nick Rawsthorne, 2. Mahe Fonua, Matthew Cook, 26. Callum Lancaster, 14. Jake Connor, 36. Jack Wray, 15. Chris Green, Josh Wood, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo, 25. Jansin Turgut, Kevin Larroyer, 16. Jordan Thompson. Interchange: 33. Connor Bower, 31. Ross Osborne, 30. Jez Litten, 37. Zeus Silk, Marvin Lee, Alex Gilbey. Ash Bastiman.
Hull Tries: Lancaster, Thompson, Cook, Fonua, Litten, Larroyer, Lee. Goals: Connor 0/2, Rawsthorne 5/5
Scoring System: 4-0, 8-0, 8-4, 8-8, 8-14, 8-20, 14-20, 14-26, 14-32, 14-38, 18-38.
Referee: Phil Bentham