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October review

October belonged to one person – Stephen Hihetah.
Hihetah scored 13 tries in the month including three hat-tricks. The rest of the team managed 17 more.
Hihetah maintained his record of scoring in every game he has played in after missing the season opening win over Rossendale.
The month didn’t start as Hull would have liked, losing at home to Billingham, 23-17.
The game marked the first try for Oliver Dynan but a second defeat of the season saw Hull lose ground on the leaders.
The following week, Huddersfield YMCA paid the price in the Yorkshire Cup as Hull took their frustrations out on them.
Hull scored at a rate of almost a point a minute in a 78-5 rout. Hihetah was one of eight different try scorers as Hull ran in 12 tries.
Tom Hicks, Mike Adlard (2), Dynan, Rupert Kay, Tomasi Tanumi, Reece Dean (2) and Harvey Harding also crossed the whitewash.
The tries continued to flow when Hull returned to league action when they travelled to Morley where they cruised to a 47-0 win.
Morley were the next side to try and stop Hihetah, but three more tries went to the winger. Adlard and Dean took their tally of tries to three in two games while Joe Stafford and Lee Birch also got their names on the scoresheet.
If rugby players were given the match ball after scoring a hat-trick, then Hihetah is collecting enough balls to open a sports shop.
Not content with three tries, Hihetah scored five in the 46-14 win at Sandal to take his total for the season to 17.
The question is when not if Hihetah will break Danny Smith’s season record of 26 tries that has stood for 12 seasons. Lee Birch (2) and Rupert Kay contributed tries in a comfortable win.

October tries:
13 – Hihetah, 3 – Adlard, Dean & Birch, 2 – Dynan & Kay, 1 – Hicks, Tanumi, Harding, Stafford

October goals:
16 – Dean, 3 – Johnson


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