Hull played the patience game on Saturday as they beat Wharfedale 41-8 at Chants Ave to remain third in the National 2 North table. Despite being down to 14 men after Loma Kivalu’s yellow card, Hull scored seven tries to one in another commanding performance.
Kivalu was sin-binned in the 25th minute moments before prop Ben Bootham scored the game’s first points. The lead lasted five minutes as the visitors responded with a Rian Hamilton try on the half-hour mark.
Will Hall powered his way over the line to restore Hull’s lead but the conversion was missed. Thomas Davidson’s penalty on the stroke of half-time for Wharfedale left the half-time score 10-8 to Hull.
The first score of the second half would be crucial to the outcome of the game. If the visitors scored it, they would have taken the lead and been able to control the remainder of the contest. However, it was Hull who scored next through Steve Johnson in the 50th minute. Reece Dean converted to extend the home side’s lead to 17-8.
Any hopes Wharfedale had of getting anything from the game were gone when Mike Adlard touched down in the 61st minute. Hull’s superior fitness was emphasised in the closing stages when they ran in three more tries.
Keane Naylor started the blitz crossing in the 70th minute before Adlard following him over the whitewash four minutes later. Two minutes from time, Kivalu rounded off the scoring with Hull’s seventh try of the game and wrap up a 41-8 victory.