Academy Under 19 League Season Spilt Group One – Round Four – Saturday 04th July – Leeds 20 Hull 72 – Stanningley Rugby League Club
Hull FC’s much talented Under 19 team continued their excellent progress under Richard Horne’s stewardship to record a thirteen try victory over Leeds in the West Yorkshire sunshine.
Coming off the back of the dreaded and quite unthinkable merger announcement of the Hull and Rovers academy sides just two days ago, a lot of pressure was on the young Black and Whites – though not that you would have noticed. Hull’s reaction was brilliant, with a sheer domination over Leeds evident to the physicality they played at, speed shown, and the skill level at their disposal.
Showing a range of ability to break Leeds’ defence all over the park, Hull’s expert execution and control paved the way for numerous opportunities, with no fewer than ten different players getting on the score-sheet.
A true testament to the progression of the academy, Hull are now seeing the rewards of such investment. From the kick-off Hull’s dominance was forthcoming, as they camped on the Leeds line. Though the young Rhinos originally repelled, and it took a line bust from rising star Masimbaashe Matongo to set up the first score for fellow prop Brad Fash. The floodgates were then to open.
Reece Dean has been in the form of his life this season, and it was his perfectly weighted grubber that allowed Connor Bower to touch down next. Leeds then pulled one back through centre Tommy Brierley, but their respite was to be short lived, as Dean went over for the first of three brilliant scores for another dazzling hat-trick. The young scrum half has been a class above his current playing level in 2015, with his running game taking centre stage, but also holding an impressive range of distribution from his hands and trusty right boot.
Interchange prop Ross Osborne is also another improving by the week, with his physique becoming leaner and in increase in physicality noticeable. From close range at this level he is unstoppable, and so it proved again as he burst over the line from five metres out. Jack Downs then went over continuing his impressive form, before Osborne got his second – beating Leeds fullback Nick Rawsthorne after running a perfected lead line.
Dean was six from six with the boot, ensuring his side took a fully deserved 36-6 lead into the break, and with that a firm statement to Hull FC’s owner Adam Pearson. Merger? Nah you’re alright.
As expected Leeds muscled up early in the second half, as they punished one or two uncharacteristic errors from the Hull side, but at 36-16 it wasn’t to be regretted.
A good quality of any side is their ability to step up a gear when needed, and Hull did just that. They were remarkable with both their set and ‘off the cuff’ plays devastating. Harry Tyson-Wilson like his half back partner was involved in everything, and it was his pass that put back rower Jansin Turgut through on his return to the side.
Off the back of a dominant pack replacement hooker Jez Litten was superb, with his bust from dummy half putting the supporting Tyson-Wilson under the sticks for another terrific try. Brad Harrison then impressively scooted over from dummy half, before Reece Dean got his second try from a Jack Downs burst.
Deans highlight package was far from done, as he executed a fine inside ball for Callum Smith to round the Leeds fullback Rawsthorne. Winger Ryan Jones then got a consolation try for the hosts, before Dean completed his hat-trick with a quite frightening turn of pace.
Hull with such assertiveness on proceedings played the game at their dictatorship, completing the rout with a try from scoring machine Callum Lancaster, who scored off Turgut’s neat (and rare) kick through to end the onslaught.
Rounding off another magnificent performance with seventy points on the board for the second time this season, it puts another clear marker down in the development of this squad.
Playing an expansive brand of rugby Hull FC’s Under-19s proved once more too hot for a young Leeds side to handle, continuing their commendable top four surge, evolution and first grade promise with another emphatic victory.
Leeds Starting XIII: 1. Nick Rawsthorne, 2. Harry Boyes, 3. Nathan Barker, 4. Tommy Brierley, 5. Ryan Jones, 6. Joe Sanderson, 7. Jack Wray, 8. Sam Hallas, 9. Ben Brady, 10. Trea O’Sullivan, 11. Ben Frankland, 12. Marty While, 13. Robbie Ward. Interchange: 14. Nyle Flynn, 15. Jonny Holmes, 16. Jordan Roberts, 17. Harvey Hallas.
Leeds Tries: Brierley, Barker, TBC, Jones. Goals: Sanderson 2/4
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Callum Smith, 2. Josh Poskitt, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Jack Sanderson, 5. Callum Lancaster, 6. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 7. Reece Dean, 8. Brad Fash, 9. Brad Harrison, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Brad Clavering. Interchange: 14. Ross Osborne, 15. Joel Marquez-Laynez, 16. Charlie Weaver, 17. Jez Litten.
Hull Tries: Fash, Bower, Dean 3, Osborne 2, Downs, Turgut, Tyson-Wilson, Harrison, Smith, Lancaster. Goals: Dean 10/13