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Hull denied victory in dying seconds

Hull were edged out in the last minute of a physical match having been in the lead for most of game. Both sets of forwards worked tirelessly and with defences having the upper hand scoring chances were few and far between in the first half. 

Stourbridge missed an early penalty and it was Hull who eventually broke the stalemate after 38 minutes with their number eight Latu Makaafi scoring a try converted by off half Simon Humberstone to see Hull lead 7-0 at the break.

The second half saw Stourbridge applying pressure to the Hull line and it was Stourbridge’s Jack Lea who powered over after 47 minutes for a try converted by Mike Penn to level the scores at 7-7.

Hull’s Humberstone restored Hull’s advantage with a penalty in the 58th minute, but Stourbridge hit back with an unconverted try by Mark Harrison after 64 minutes.

Both sides were looking to find away to take the victory and when Hull’s prop Mike Jobling scored a try converted by Humberstone after 75 minutes it seemed that Hull had done enough to seal the victory. 

However Stourbridge had other ideas and with time running out they scored a match winning try through Lea converted by Penn to triumph 19-17. Hull can take a lot from this game having run Stourbridge so close on their own ground and they look to bounce back to winning ways when they play Sheffield Tigers at home on Saturday.

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