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Rugby League

Hull FC 14-18 Hull Kingston Rovers. Not Good Enough.

Hull KR clung on by their fingernails to edge out the Airlie Birds after an incredible fight back from the home team.

This was a pulsating and intense a Derby fixture as I can remember, the tension got to both sides resulting in a number of basic errors but Rovers seemed to be far more in control of their nerves than we were for most of the game, and if I am honest this was the right result as once again we played in such frustrating fits and starts that Rovers were in the ascendancy for the majority of the game.

But when we managed to get it together Hull FC were capable of reproducing the high tempo and intense football that saw us win five on the bounce at the start of the season.

Rovers opened the scoring as they isolated Yeaman with an intelligent Dobson kick which allowed Webster to out jump the FC centre and touch down.

Then against the run of play FC suddenly produced a decent flowing move, and the novelty of a clean break was seized upon and Tom Briscoe crossed the line. Game on.

But infuriately there then followed a succession of stupid errors, dropped balls, poor kicking and a collective loss of Black and White nerves.

The visitors took full advantage, upped the pace and deservedly went in at the turn around 12-4 to the good.

Whatever the coaching staff said at halftime must have fallen on deaf ears as once again a schoolboy handling error, this time from Hall, saw the ball turned over and KR made it count as Fox was sent over despite a desperate tackle from Briscoe which saw him leave the field on a stretcher.

Right from the kick off Rovers scythed through a static home defence and just as a score seemed inevitable the ball was dropped by an attacker right on the line.

Was this the turn of the tide? It seemed so as Berrigan waltzed through KR otherwise solid defence for a fine solo try and when Calderwood’s hack from broken play put Whiting over we were buoyed.

Tickle’s profligacy with the boot will be blamed by some, he missed two out of three conversions, but despite laying siege to Rover’s try line we lacked composure and quality when it mattered and this is why we lost.

As for Rovers, they have a fantastic work ethic, togetherness and an international quality full back in Shaun Briscoe who marshalled the defence brilliantly and was often the spring board for imaginative attacking play.

Hull FC: Hall, Calderwood, G. Horne, G. Horne, Yeaman, Briscoe, R. Horne, Thorman, Dowes, Berrigan, Thackray, Thackray, Manu, Tickle, Radford, Radford, Cusack, King.

Replacements: Thackray for G. Horne (53), Radford for G. Horne (66), Berrigan for Briscoe (46), King for Dowes (44), Lee for Berrigan (27), Cusack for Thackray (14), Dowes for Thackray (60), Whiting for Radford (30), G. Horne for Radford (60), Radford for Cusack (40), Thackray for King (70).

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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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