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Hull Kingston Rovers 11-10 Hull FC. Sky Sports One.

Rovers just about deserved the points and James Webster’s last ditch drop goal saw the hosts home in an error strewn game played in filthy conditions, a howling gale blowing up the Humber and making effective kicking and imaginative offloading neigh on impossible.


Hull KR got out of the blocks quicker and Webster crossed the whitewash with Cooke adding the extras to convert this pressure into points.


The visitors continued to come under the cosh playing into the icy wind, and I was relieved to see FC get to half time with no further score for the Robins having been conceded.


Nevertheless Raynor apart, there was no spark or inspiration from the Airlie Birds that gave me any confidence that we would score, despite some promising field position going into the break.


The weather turned vicious after the turn around, making any creative football impossible until a piece of inspiration from James Webster opened up a static sliding defence and Paul Cooke put FitzHenry over in the corner.


The former FC man’s conversion showed up just how appalling the conditions were as it the ball blew wildly off course, going no where near the upright.


10-0 down seem to finally galvanise Hull FC into action and Tickle crashed through the Rovers defence in a smart move which only elicited in me the reaction “Why the bloody hell didn’t we play like that earlier!”


Despite the missed conversion I felt that we looked the more likely winners and when Adam Dykes sent Yeaman over I was supremely confident that we would see the game out.


But a silly error gave possession away and Rovers pushed deep into Black and White territory.


“Where the flippin ‘eck is Cooke?” I shouted at the TV, and was delighted to see him take tackle number five meaning he was tied up for the drop goal attempt.


But the ball came back to James Webster and his scruffy, mis hit effort just about limped over the bar.


Ding dong dang! That’s three wins in the last four derby games for the Red half of the City. And whilst I shook hands and congratulated Andy,this is becoming a worrying development, Sharpe can point to a crippling injury list all he likes, but once again we have started the season unacceptably slowly.

Hull KR: Briscoe, Steel, Walker, J Webster, Fitzhenry, Cooke, J Webster, Vella, Fisher, Mills, Newton, Galea, Murrell.
Replacements: Crossman, K. Netherton, Gene, Aizue.

Hull FC: Tony, Sing, Yeaman, Byrne, Raynor, Berrigan, Dykes, King, Lee, Cusack, Radford, Tickle, Washbrook.
Replacements: G. Horne, Wheeldon, Houghton, Fellous.


About dermotrathbone

Writer and co author "Through Red Lenses". Activist Unite the Union, Save Our NHS Hull. Fan of Yorkshire County Cricket Club, Hull FC, Munster and Ireland Rugby. Views are mine alone and may not reflect the organisations concerned.


One thought on “Hull Kingston Rovers 11-10 Hull FC. Sky Sports One.

  1. KR fan in peace!
    Neither side deserved to lose. I though that 6-0 up at half time was nowhere near safe enough, and that it might come back to haunt us. We got away with it, just, with what I’m convinced was a training ground move. You can imagine the FC defenders’ thoughts:
    "Fifth tackle coming up. Where’s Cooke? Ah, he’s running it into the corner, daft lad. Play the ball goes to…the little ginger fella. DAMN! Forgot about him…"
    As for the clubs’ respective fortunes, only Leeds have put together any consistent form at all, with the exception of the loss against Cas. Rovers are flying by the seat of their pants right now: they start too many games half asleep, and their ferocious commitment shades too frequently into indiscipline. We’ll see how they go. FC are dealing with the worst injury crisis I can ever remember, and if they’d been full strength on Friday it could have been a very different game.
    (This is something that the Melodramatic Wing of the FC supporters need to be reminded of the next time they start calling for Sharpe’s head. You know I’m not having a go at the club or the sane fans like yourself when I made that last remark.)
    September’s a long way off and anything could yet happen, and on the strength of the season so far, probably will.

    Posted by Andy | March 25, 2008, 9:38 pm

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