Hull destroy the old enemy—29th August 2014—KC Stadium—Hull FC 28 Hull KR NIL!
Rovers’ Wembley humiliation – amid Bobby Bubbles’ frequent post capital appearances – may have took the highest comedy value this season, but it was on the same date the previous year when the people of West Hull really got their vocal chords chuckling, as Hull FC embarrassed their cross city rivals in the finale Derby of 2014.
At an atmospheric and hostile KC Stadium, the Black and Whites really put to the sword their frequent nemesis, delivering a dominant display – especially in the middle – to record a 28-0 – yes NIL victory.
Led by an outstanding forward pack Hull FC were far too good for the Robins, winning the arm wrestle in a brilliant display. The hosts were sensational from minute one, setting the tone for a fierce contest they comfortably got on top of Rovers, who dismantled quicker than Broughton Rangers’ liquidation back in the 50s.
Some of the hits were bone crunching, a proper Derby – not an airport or out of town rivalry – with a proper Derby atmosphere, the home crowd was as vocal as ever – and the Hull team thrived off it.
Referee James Child was as busy as ever with his decisions, and once he gave the hosts their first penalty and glimpse of field position, they didn’t waste it. Prolific Robin conqueror Kirk Yeaman sent the best binman in this town – aka Fetuli Talanoa – over for the game’s first score and the place was rocking.
Making metres for fun, the powerhouse Tongan winger broke tackles at ease, and was arguably the pick of a brilliant bunch – putting his weight about as Rovers’ Autoglass manufactured defence was hopeless to withstand.
Despite the shoulder charge now being sadly banned, shoulders were flying in left, right and centre. The more Rovers’ infringed at the play of the ball, the more it seemed to get Hull fired up. They didn’t disappoint, and the huge frame of Setaimata Sa barged his way over to open up a two score lead.
At 10-NIL, Hull were guilty of enjoying themselves, and a promising Rovers attack was vibrantly brought to a swift end by a thunderous hit by Chris Green – for easily one of the biggest cheers of the night. Hull FC were completely on top of their opposition, and a Jordan Rankin penalty extended that lead to 12-NIL going into half time.
The second forty was no different, and on the fuel of Carlsberg’s Special Brew, Tom Lineham crossed for the first of his brace, again barging his way over, showing another glimpse of the increasing physicality Hull FC had over their opposition. Bobby Bubbles was purring, and Rankin duly converted, as Hull extended their lead to 16-NIL.
To say Hull just beat Rovers would be a bit naïve, they absolutely battered them, a scuffle followed, and the fans raised the roof. The KC hasn’t been like that in years, it was literally rocking, giving a brilliant atmosphere. The Black and Whites were on their feet, the Robins on their bums, they hardly made a noise all night.
Ginger pearl Jordan Thompson was next to join in the fun, once again showing tremendous pace for a forward, rounding off Billy ‘Greg Eden’ Slater for a superb score. At 22-NIL Hull were toying with their opposition, with Nil Hughell’s planned civic reception the following morning swiftly cancelled without further comment.
The KC was in party mode, and on the back of their minds was keeping that NIL next to Rovers’ name permanent. Hull did just that, and Tom Lineham showed how lethal his pace can be, intercepting a looping pass to race ninety metres, despite the attentions of well-known speedster and glass shoulder hipster Omari Caro.
That proved to be the game’s final score, with veteran half back Richard Horne coming close to the fairy-tale end, falling inches short of the line. Never-the-less though, a 28-NIL score line was just reward for a Hull FC team which played with vigour, showing tremendous intensity levels worthy of a Hull Derby humiliation.
Hull Starting XIII: 20. Jamie Shaul; 2. Tom Lineham, 28. Setaimata Sa, 4. Kirk Yeaman, 34. Fetuli Talanoa; 32. Jordan Rankin, 6. Richard Horne; 17. Liam Watts, 9. Danny Houghton, 22. Josh Bowden, 11. Gareth Ellis, 16. Jordan Thompson, 13. Joe Westerman. Interchange: 8. Mickey Paea, 33. Aaron Heremaia, 15. Chris Green, 26. Feka Paleaaesina.
Hull Tries: Talanoa, Sa, Thompson, Lineham 2. Goals: Rankin 4/6
Hull KR: Eden; Caro, Welham, Salter, Gardner; Burns, Keating; Netherton, J Hodgson, Weyman, Horne, Chan, Costigan, Green. Interchange: Green, A Walker, Larroyer, Cox.
Hull KR Tries: NIL Goals: NIL
Referee: James Child