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Hull FC 26-6 Harlequins. Foundations?

So the curtain came down on the Super league programme at Walton Street, and continuing in the perverse flow of events here this year, Hull FC totally dominated a very decent Quins side whose up and coming British Coach Brian McDermott still held a slender hope that the Londoners could make the play offs for the first time in their history.


But as ever victory came at a price as Motu Tony left the fray with a badly twisted knee making the fullback a real doubt for next Saturday’s Wembley Final.


In addition Todd Byrne suffered injury and we lost Matt Sing in the warm up.


Whinge, whinge but we HAVE been totally without luck in the injury stakes this year, and although this is not an excuse (well, alright it is) it must disrupt the spirit in the camp and ruin the plans of any coach to have such an incredible list of crocked stars.


Tom Lee was charged with the tactical kicking. He started nervously and lacked conviction, but in the second half the Hessle High old boy produced a superb 40/20, which led to Kirk Yeaman going over to score the fourth try in a deserved victory.


We just need to forget about what’s gone before during this season, take heart from a job well done and focus on upsetting Saints and, more importantly ending the season on a high with victory at Craven Park.


Berrigan, Dykes, Craig Hall and a rejuvenated Ewan Dowes and (I hold my hands up) the leadership of Lee Radford will set the tone for Lee, Tickle and the other talented but suspect players, and if we gel then, as proved at Bradford, there is no reason why Hull FC can’t finish with a flourish, and some silverware to act as a springboard going into the new Super League era.


A word in praise of Mr. Alibert with the whistle. He got most things right, was consistent, didn’t focus on this weeks directive, there always seems to be one these days, and above all was unobtrusive.


The cockney cries of “Oh West London, is wonderful” etc and a word with some Quins fans actually convinced me that the granting of a licence to the Bridgend based Celtic Crusaders over Widnes may not be as barmy a decision as I first thought.


RL has bedded down well in London, admittedly after a long time and a great deal of patience, which is a good sign post along with the emergence of local players and the success of Les Catalans mean that the game has a good chance of being a success in Wales.


If Widnes, with their history can’t make a consistent success of things on the field in the top flight, then someone else deserves a chance.


The next step for me would be to build on the tremendously strong grass roots game in Ireland where an all Ireland League complete with Grand Final structure is in rude health and there is a prime opportunity to focus Irish interest in the World Cup qualification, and have a Magic Weekend at Croke Park, or even Thomond Park in Limerick….

Hull: Tony, Briscoe, Byrne, Yeaman, Raynor, Washbrook, Lee, Cusack, Berrigan, Dowes, Manu, Tickle, Radford. Replacements: Houghton, Thackray, G. Horne, Wheeldon.


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.


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