1st Team

Match Report: (H) Billingham W 30-17

Hull’s pack provided the foundation for a hard fought victory against a lively Billingham side whose indiscipline cost them three yellow cards.
Hull started well ,taking the game to the visitors and with their off half Chris Harding kicking well for position Hull turned their field position into points through two penalties from the boot of full back Tomasi Tanumi in the second and ninth minutes.
Billingham responded and worked their way upfield and when Hull lost a scrum against the head the visitors retained possession and eventually their left winger Adam Ragwan scythed his way through the home defence for an unconverted try after sixteen minutes.
Hull reasserted control almost immediately and aided by a penalty swept to the Billingham line and after a lineout the resulting maul was pulled down as Hull surged towards the try line giving the referee no option but to award a penalty try to Hull and a yellow card to Billingham’s second row man Dominic Stephens.. Tomasi Tanumi added the conversion and Hull looked to be edging clear with the pack dominant at the scrum but a couple of errors invited pressure back onto the home side and Billingham’s full back Elliot Hubbard jinked his past a host of would be tacklers for a try near the posts converted by his off half Peter Evans , taking his side to within one point of Hull after twenty eight minutes.
In the remaining twelve minutes of the half there was enough time for both sides to miss a penalty goal apiece to see the home side go in at the break just one point ahead 13-12.
The second half half started well for Hull and when they maintained possession from their second catch and drive of the half ,the visitors defence was stretched and Hull’s centre Alex Heard bounced of a couple of tacklers to thunder over the line for the home sides second try. Hull’s Tomasi Tanumi added the conversion from wide out. Hull were unlucky not score a further try moments later when winger George Fossey fielded a kick deep in his own half and fended off a couple of tackles, broke clear and kicked ahead of the last defender only to be brought down illegally by Billingham’s off half peter Evans who was yellow carded. The resulting penalty was converted by Tomasi Tanumi and when he added a penalty just four minutes later Hull were well ahead 23-12.
Billingham were still able to cause alarm with their pace and when Hull’s back row man Gray was yellow carded after sixty three minutes the visitors made the most of the situation securing possession and giving their winger Tom Briggs the space to go over for a try in the right hand corner for an unconverted try to take his side to within six points of the home side after sixty two minutes.
Hull reasserted their forward dominance and after a penalty kick to the corner from Hull’s off half Chris Harding Hull were awarded another penalty try as Billingham yet again brought Hull down as they were in the act of scoring .Tomasi Tanumi kicked the conversion to see his side well ahead at 30-17 after sixty nine minutes and despite some late Billingham pressure Hull held out for their second victory of the campaign.

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