City of Hull Academy got their second win of the season with a brilliant 24-21 victory at Leeds on Thursday night. Here’s how the thirteen Hull FC ring-fenced lads got on..
Reece Dean – Superb display once again from the fullback. The number one jersey is where those at Hull FC see him right now, and Reece didn’t disappoint. Scored a superb try, was 100% from the tee and was a constant threat in the attacking line.
Jack Sanderson – The talented winger had no openings on the edges but defensively he was faultless. Really secure under the high bomb and brought the ball back well. He’s really impressed me this year. Got a big future.
Connor Bower – Great to see Connor back playing in the City of Hull after a spell at York. Harker got the better of him on the way to his try, but apart from that Bower was defensively sound. Ran the ball strongly and looked to bust the line.
Callum Lancaster – Like Sanderson Callum struggling for openings. It was predominately a forwards battle but the winger did himself no harm, looking for work in the middle of the park. Lancaster’s a lot more than a try scorer, and he’s proved that this season.
Bobby Downs – The first year half back was a constant threat with his running game. Broke the line twice but will be disappointed with an interception pass that lead to a Leeds try. Otherwise though a really encouraging performance from the youngest Downs’ brother.
Harry Tyson-Wilson – Outstanding again. His pass for Lane’s second try was all quality. Harry’s kicking game – with the exception of one penalty kick that failed to make touch – was instrumental. He controlled proceedings and as a half you can’t ask for much more.
Brad Clavering – Got through a lot of work in the middle. Real domineering presence despite what seems a still ongoing recovery process with a leg injury.
Jez Litten – Electric from the play of the ball. So dynamic around the ruck and allows his side to get on the front foot. Kicking game starting to cause oppositions problems too. Jez has a massive future ahead of him.
Charlie Weaver – Never takes a backwards step and is constantly improving. Always available to take the ball up and made some strong carries. Charlie’s done himself the world of credit this season.
Zeus Silk – The fearless back rower is in the form of his life this year. He’s been exceptional. Strong line runner, aggressive in defence and has a brilliant attitude. Really polite lad too. He’ll go a long way in this game.
Jordan Lane – Two tries out of the top draw. Crashed over under the sticks for his first and the second was a peach of a line off a Tyson-Wilson pass. Recovered superbly from a horrific knee injury last year.
Lochlan Fitzgerald – Came on at hooker and added some steel and composure to grind the win out. Encouraging performance.
Billy Wardell – Another first year at Under-19 level, Billy didn’t put a foot wrong. As his physicality grows he’ll make himself more of a presence, but for now he’s showed enough promise in his line runner and determination to suggest he can be a force in this competition.
City of Hull Starting XIII: 1. Reece Dean, 2. Callum Lancaster, 3. Connor Bower, 4. Max Riseham, 5. Jack Sandeson, 6. Bobby Downs, 7. Harry Tyson-Wilson, 8. Brad Clavering, 9. Jez Litten, 10. Charlie Weaver, 11. Joe Cator, 12. Zeus Silk, 13. Jordan Lane. Interchange: 14. Lochlan Fitzgerald, 15. Ben Butler, 16. Billy Wardell, 17. Chris Smith.
City of Hull Tries: Cator, Lane 2, Dean. Goals: Dean 4/4
Scoring Chart: 6-0, 7-0, 7-6, 7-12, 11-12, 11-18, 17-18, 17-24, 21-24.