Hull got their season up and running with a 13-3 win over Wirral at Chants Ave.
The home side made a spectacular start when they fielded a Wirral kick and released Stephen Hihetah on a 60 yard run to the line beating five men on his way to an unconverted try.
The game then went into something of a stalemate as Hull found retaining possession in the increasingly wet conditions difficult and Wirral opted for a kicking game.
As half-time approached Hull gained field position and after a penalty award Hull’s scrum made its presence felt before number eight Joe Stafford and scrum-half Tomasi Tanumi combined to put winger Mike Adlard in at the corner for another unconverted try.
A scrappy second half played in torrential rain saw a late exchange of penalty goals by Wirral’s Ben Brookes and Hull’s Simon Humberstone .
A fierce and physical game saw three yellow cards awarded, one to Hull’s Cameron Curry and two to Wirral.
Hull will need to tighten up on lineout possession in games to come to make use of their undoubted attacking ability but a first win was very welcome.
A highlight of the game was Cameron Curry whose ball carrying was a feature of Hull’s game today.
By Richard Gore