At the sixth time of asking Hull KR’s academy have finally beaten Hull FC, in what could turn out to be the last ever under-19 Hull Derby between rugby league’s fiercest of foes.
The bragging rights forever they called it, and Rovers have that, thanks to a slender six point victory over a visiting side missing eight players to injuries and first team call ups.
Though excuses are far from the top of the agenda for Richard Horne’s side, after such a scenario saw them topple plucky outfit Castleford just last Saturday.
Rovers, playing in front of a well turned out crowd at Craven Park deserved their win, after a man of the match performance from off half Marvin Lee.
The nineteen year old was superb in the controlling of his side, with his kicking game ensuring the hosts took all authority with such field position.
Dominant in the opening quarter Hull KR made no mistake in racing to a 12-0 lead, with a mix up in the Hull defence on kick retrial presenting game star Lee with the easiest of tries.
Clearly the better side at this stage, William Jubb added to the onslaught, scoring under the sticks after a good push and slick offload. Liam Harris converted both.
Affected by the loss of Harry Tyson-Wilson and Jordan Abdull – two influential figures with sturdy boots – Hull found field position from kicks hard to come by, and as a result struggled to threaten their oppositions line.
With Fash, Downs and Abdull already missing Hull were then dealt a further blow with an ankle injury to Matty Liggins.
Chances were limited – credit to Rovers – as their defence stood firm. To no surprise in a tight game with a defensive wall hard to breach, Hull’s first score came from a kick, as Reece Dean’s in-goal grubber found the pouncing Jansin Turgut.
The powerful back rower has had his sniff of first grade, and showed why he warrants such accolades with another telling performance.
Not on his own, first year forwards Brad Clavering, Joel Laynez and Charlie Weaver all had their moments – especially from the offload – but ultimately they weren’t enough to prevent Rovers taking a deserved 12-6 lead into the break.
Wearing their popular purple away strip Hull came out firing in the second forty, and it wasn’t long before their best player on the night Jansin Turgut got his second try.
This time powering over, with Dean adding the extras and a further penalty for a 12-14 lead – remarkable given their testing circumstances.
Not the greatest of spectacles fast free flowing rugby was limited. Defences were certainly on top, as space and therefore breaks were hard to come by.
In the anticipated physical contest, openings came in blurs, as strong carries seemed to get Rovers back on top. Hull continued to shoot themselves in the foot, as admirable goal line defence was hindered by poor ball retention and lack of discipline.
Rovers kept pounding the Hull defence and eventually it cracked. Alfie Potter went over, restoring his sides lead with a minimal two point margin.
Again the visitors had their opportunities but couldn’t take them. Hull KR’s defence was courageous as they kept their opposition out.
Fatigued and stripped to their bare bones, Hull gave everything – as they have all season – but it was Rovers’ night.
You can’t win them all, and with five wins in a row that stretches back to the famous massacre brawl of 2013, Hull were heading for defeat.
Rovers added the gloss to a fine win with a late try through George Lawler, as they cemented their Derby bragging rights ahead of the Hull Academy merger.
Rovers Starting XIII: 1. Cory Sanderson, 2. Ben Holdstock, 29. Alfie Potter, 21. Joe Wardill, 27. Ash Leaming, 6. Marvin Lee, 7. Liam Harris, 8. Steve Holker, 14. William Jubb, 11. Aidan Armstrong, 20. Joe Cator, 12. Harry Aldous, 13. George Lawler, 9. Macca Duke, 16. Kieran Moran, 10. Josh Hamilton, 17. Chris Smith.
Tries: Lee, Jubb, Potter, Lawler. Goals: Harris 2/4
Hull Starting XIII: 1. Jack Sanderson, 2. Mike Adlard, 3. Zeus Silk, 4. Callum Smith, 5. Josh Poskitt, 6. Jez Litten, 7. Reece Dean, 8. Ross Osborne, 9. Brad Harrison, 10. Masimbaashe Matongo, 11. Jansin Turgut, 12. Brad Clavering, 13. Matty Liggins. Interchange: 14. Joel Marquez-Laynez, 15. Charlie Weaver, 16. Ryan Adamson, 17. Josh Wood.
Hull Tries: Turgut 2. Goals: Dean 3/3