Hull FC Wheelchair Rugby League – November 2014 – Morley Leisure Centre – Leeds 32 Hull 42
Wearing the brand of Hull FC, the clubs wheelchair team are on the rise. Last month (November 2014), and led by joint captains Mike Swainger and Jed Rust, the team had a friendly against Leeds Rhinos at Morley Leisure Centre.
Hull FC, eager to get as much match-day experience under their belts, recorded their fourth win on the bounce, despite having only joined the league last year.
There were no signs of the raw side who—at one stage—lost six games on the trot, more than a match for the Rhinos, the FC team showed their maturity in an experienced performance, to record a 42-32 victory.
Joint coaches Mike Swainger and Jed Rust took a strong team to Leeds including Billy ‘Can’t Get Up’ Swainger, Lee Biglin, Jordan Biglin and new recruit Dan Tomlinson, but having only one substitute would make it difficult for the away side.
Hull FC forget the basic principles of rugby league early on; defending four out of the five opening sets, but strong defence enabled the away side to get on the front foot with a Mike ‘I make my own rules up’ Swainger try, converted by himself to make it 0-6.
However the hosts quickly turned things around as costly mistakes started to creep in FC’s half, no shock by a Biglin, and they paid the price. Three Leeds try’s followed. 16-6.
Cue the response. Following a quick play of the ball, Hull shifted left and a neat pass put Jordan Biglin in for the first of his hat-trick. A further error though gifted Leeds points, as they went into half time 22-12 up.
Hull started the second half well and more tekkers from Jordan Biglin saw him crash over from close range to get his brace, before Dan Tomlinson came on for his debut, and immediately made an impact by kicking the ball out on the full in good field position. What a meff.
It was a familiar error by a Biglin that told though, and Leeds took advantage—scoring an unconverted try to make it 26-18 in their favour.
Talismanic figure and life saving hero Jed Rust used the kicking game well throughout, keeping the pressure on a resilient Leeds side, which eventually paid off as Jordan Biglin completed his hat trick before a Rust conversion made it 26-24. Game on.
Hull then regained the lead as the coaches combined; with Rust assisting Mike Swainger under the sticks with latter converting to make it 26-30. The B&W’s were clicking into gear.
They made it three tries on the trot following a great chip from half way, which sent Billy Swainger racing away for his first try of the afternoon, (and in doing so woke him up from his hangover!). Rust then converted, giving FC a 10 point lead.
Leeds got one back, but the last laugh of the day went to Hull FC as Billy Swainger came out of his chair and in an attempt to sit back in it, found himself on the floor again. Silly billy.
With seconds left , Jed Rust completed the victory, dummying and going over under the sticks. What a chap. Game set and match, Hull FC, well deserved 42-32 winners.
Still an early stage in their development, the win made sure the evolving Black and White ballers kept up the winning mentality.
Hull Line Up: Jed Rust, Mike Swainger, Billy Swainger, Lee Biglin, Jordan Biglin, Dan Tomlinson
Tries: Jordan Biglin 3 Mike Swainger 2 Jed Rust 1 Billy Swainger 1 | Goals: Jed 4/4 Mike 3/3