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Honours even after Ilkley mudbath

Hull maintained their unbeaten run in very heavy conditions in this hard fought game that finished 7-7.
Both sides gave everything and both had chances to take all the points.
Ilkley missed two kickable penalties and Hull spurned two kickable penalties in favour of set pieces as well as failing to score a try after a searing break by scrum-half Harvey Harding in the first period.
Hull started well and after just seven minutes were held up on the line.
Three minutes later a Hull scrum was illegally halted in the process of going over the line and the referee had no choice but to award Hull a seven-point penalty try.
Hull then lost concentration and Ilkley struck almost immediately when their scrum-half Jack Maplesdon rounded off a move after a turnover near the halfway line. His halfback partner Charles Morgan adding the conversion.
Hull were consistently driving Ilkley back at the scrum and built pressure from this platform.
However, they were unable to get sufficient momentum to add to their one try.
Hull were awarded a 34th minute penalty but chose to go a for a line-out and the chance of a catch and drive.
This ploy failed and things quickly got worse as Hull’s back-row man Zak Poole was yellow carded .
The second half was played in heavy rain and both sides had periods of pressure but both defences held firm.
Hull emerged from 20 minutes of attrition able rugby to go 70 yards in the 62nd minute but lost the ball deep in Ilkley territory.
Hull had further chances to take the spoils but a 53-yard penalty from off-half Stephen Johnson drifted just wide and a five-minute spell on the home side’s line with all the forwards driving towards the line late in the game came to nothing.
Hull’s forwards came very close to sealing a Hull victory but a draw keeps Hull well in the hunt for the play-off place.

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