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Hull found the home side in obdurate mood and despite scoring a great try in the first minute, from their own kick off, through winger Kieran Naylor after the ball went through the hands of almost the whole side, Hull were well held until the 35th minute.
At that point, Hull fashioned a kick through which was mishandled on the line allowing Simon Humberstone to touch down in the corner. Steve Johnson’s superb goal kick giving Hull a 12-0 advantage.
Hull increased their lead when fielding yet another defensive kick from Vale of Lune and good counter attacking play allowed Hull to get Steve Hihetah away to score their third try which went uncoverted seeing Hull lead 17-0 at the break.
A slightly faltering start to the second half by Hull meant that it took them 16 minutes before they scored again.
A lineout on the home side’s left saw Hull execute a catch and drive with Steve Johnson joining the pack to claim the try.
Although the conversion was missed Hull returned immediately from the kick off and a sharp break by full back Ben Winterburn saw Alex Heard race 35 yards for a fine try converted well by Stephen Johnson.
Five minutes later further Hull pressure saw scrum-half Harvey Harding give winger Steve Hihetah the ball to power through two defenders on the way to his second try.
Hull’s final try saw Kieran Naylor round off some excellent handling to go in at the corner. Steve Johnson’s excellent conversion seeing Hull pass the 40-point mark.
Vale of Lune never gave up and a moment of indecision by the visitors allowed them to seize the opportunity after Hull’s Simon Humberstone was yellow carded to score a consolation try through back row man Jack Ayrton.

Hull won well 41-5 but they will need to be aware better sides lie in wait where any lack of concentration will not go unpunished.

Richard Gore

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