Hull FC Academy smash Salford in season opener

Academy Under 19 League Round One – Saturday 14th February – Hull 56 Salford 10 – Bishop Burton College 

Much has been made of Hull FC’s Under 19 side for 2015 and beyond, and on this afternoon’s evidence you can see why. From the clubs elite hierarchy the focus is all about the nurturing of junior development, and behind a steady and successful partnership with Bishop Burton College, it’s one that is certainly flourishing.

On the pitch today there was a total mismatch in quality, from both the skill factor to the sheer physicality of the home sides play. Training in a full-time environment progress is there for all to see, Hull were dominant and Salford never had a luck in.

An end result of 56-10 was a fair reflection on proceedings, and even before the sending off, the visitors did little to suggest they could pose a threat, let alone match their flamboyant hosts. Nine tries in total, all converted with a penalty added on top earned Hull FC legend Richard Horne his first win on his coaching début, and a fine one at that.

It was the much fancied Jordan Abdull who got the ball rolling, deployed in the loose man role that gave him the recognition last year he was a class or two above his opponents, Finishing off a break by the pacey winger Callum Lancaster for the game’s opening score it set the tone, and Hull didn’t drop off.

Significant pressure followed, Salford couldn’t handle it, and Reece Dean skipped over; following on from his try scoring exploits of the previous season the speedy half back showed his capabilities once again. Starting hooker and recent first team man Josh Wood then got on the act, but a red card for the quite literal Red Devils plus a Hull penalty ensured the Black and Whites took a deserved 20-0 lead into the break.

Arguably not at their fluent best Hull did enough, and ensured a promising opening half wasn’t put to waste. Salford despite the score line never gave in, but the superiority was telling, and justified with half a dozen second half tries.

Reece Dean showed his soccer skills, before two breakaway efforts from first Jack Logan then Harry Tyson-Wilson at 38-0 put the result totally beyond doubt. All coming from bursts it signified Hull’s grip, the execution was at times brilliant, and the range in those responsible would have been most pleasing. On this occasion Jack Downs and Connor Bower the providers, who remained defensively solid throughout.

It was hard to signify a clear stand-out, the eminence of all seventeen Hull players was justified. They all played their part. It was a team effort, a combined assault but such a contest that really lacked that even fight about it – and quite literally when Captain Jansin Turgut got to grips with a couple of the head in tail Salfordians.

Making his u19 début, the former skin-headed and Warrington conquering Brad Clavering showed his power, taking a neat Brad Parker pass from dummy half to barge his way over the line. Highly thought of, the 16s graduate and first year u19 was a huge physical presence, and one all connected with the club will certainly be keeping a close eye on.

Clearly enjoying his second spell on the field, Bard Parker then turned supplier to finisher, and in doing so made a total mockery of the Salford defence – bringing up the 50. Scooting over untouched it was amateur, embarrassing, and a fatality the Greater Manchester side failed to tighten up on. Jack Logan finalised the hosts scoring, supporting the fiery Jansin Turgut to get his second, and Hull’s ninth. A rout, but a solid opening to a closing winter filled with anticipation.

Two tries from the Red Devils did little to take the gloss of a fine win, and such a win that could maybe send a message to the rest of the competition – and indeed to those over the Pennines. Hull at this level this year will cause the rise of a few eyebrows, and with such motives, the Faith In Our Future scheme is not just a dream, but vastly becoming an upcoming reality.

Josh Wood 19s v Salford

Image: Richard Gould

Hull Starting XIII: 1. Callum Smith, 2. Tom Stark, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Jack Logan, 5. Callum Lancaster, 6. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 7. Reece Dean, 8. Masimbaashe Matongo, 9. Josh Wood, 10. Brad Fash, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Jack Downs, 13. Jordan Abdull. Interchange: 14. Matty Liggins, 15. Charlie Johnson, 16. Brad Parker, 17. Brad Clavering.

Hull Tries: Abdull, Dean 2, Wood, Logan 2, Tyson-Wilson, Clavering, Parker. Goals: Abdull 10/10

Salford Starting XIII: 1. Darrion Ball, 2. Adam Saunders, 3. Kane Ditchfield, 4. Jake Bibby, 5. Connor McGrath, 6. Ben Steele, 7. Tyler Whittaker, 8. Jonny Scott, 9. Matt Wilkinson, 10. Liam Bent, 11. Adam Jones, 12. Danny Rasool, 13. Ryan Lannon. Interchange:  14. Alex Gaskell, 15. Jack Swarbrick, 16. Luke Fowden, 17. Davis Mbumbu.

Salford Tries: McGrath, Rasool.  Goals: Whittaker 1/2.  Sent Off: Lannon – Foul play.

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