1st Team

Match Report: (H) Morley W 26-5

Hull made further progress with a maximum points haul against a never say die Morley side which will see them making their presence felt in the higher echelons of the National League Three. 
Scoring four tries to one, Hull always looked to have the edge on their counterparts but it took a sensational try of individual brilliance to break the first half deadlock.
The game started with Morley on the attack and after they had a good first five minutes it was Hull who started to pose the greater threat as their counter attacking into the wind started to find holes in the visitors defence.
Morely held out well until the twenty fourth minute when, after an attack of theirs had been thwarted, Hull took a twenty two metre drop out and their new second row forward Stuart Nel caught the ball, brushed off the would be tacklers and set off on an eighty yard gallop handing off four defenders on his way before plunging over the line carrying another three Morley men with him for the first try of the game. Lee Birch’s conversion attempt into the wind dropped just short.
Hull continued to press but Morley held out till half time as they mounted a well organised defence and showed total commitment.
It seemed that the visitors first half efforts had taken their toll as the second half saw Hull score two tries in as many minutes. From the kick off Hull retrieved the ball and good handling gave Stephen Hihetah enough room to beat several defenders on his way to a fine try converted by Lee Birch.
From the next kick off by Morley, all Hull’s backs handled the ball before George Fossey rounded off a sixty yard move by powering over under the post for Hull’s third try which Lee Birch converted . If Hull had hoped the flood gates would open they were to be disappointed as Morley mounted a spell of pressure of their own on the Hull line lasting five minutes and it was a credit to the Hull defence that they did not score.As Hull coach ,Gary Pearce started to ring the changes Hull’s back division was almost completely rearranged but this seemed to raise the side and after fifty eight minutes Hull used good field position to release Joe Martin ,who had moved from the back row row centre, who in turn off loaded to Ali Heard who raced fifteen yards to score under the posts for Hull’s fourth try and a bonus point.Lee Birch’s conversion concluded the scoring for Hull .It was left to Morley to conclude the scoring and gather a consolation try through their winger Mike Clough in the seventy eighth minute but Hull were home and dry 26-5.

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