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Hull stay four points clear after beating Sandal

Hull won the second game in a set of three against their promotion challengers when the followed their win against Harrogate last week by beating Sandal 31-3 in front of their own fans.

Hull found Sandal’s defence in obdurate mood in the first half and saw themselves three points down to a Sandal penalty after 30 minutes. Hull had the better of territory but it took them until the 37th minute before they opened their account. Hull had built pressure and it fell to centre Tomasi Tanumi to score an unconverted try to give Hull a two-point lead at half-time.
The second half saw Hull take over the game and score 26 points without response from their hosts as they eased to a maximum points haul.
After 52 minutes, a kick ahead by off half Simon Humberston was latched onto by Mike Adlard and the wingers pace taking him clear to score a try converted by Simon Humberston. Three minutes later Tomasi Tanumi went in for a try converted by Simon Humberston after a Stephen Johnson kick had been dropped by a hard pressed Sandal defence.
With Hull now controlling the game a sweeping move saw their full back Lee Birch score a further try.
Hull’s finale saw Mike Adlard race the length of the pitch to score Hull’s fifth try which was converted by Simon Humberston. A good afternoon’s work pleased head coach Gary Pearce who felt it was a good team effort with every player making a significant contribution.

Hull now look forward to hosting  second placed Billingham next Saturday in a genuine six point game between the league’s top two sides.

Richard Gore

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