Mike Jobling wrote his name in Hull’s history books scoring three tries in 21 first half minutes as they won 38-19 at Blaydon. Jobling, standing in for hooker Ali Thompson scored in the fourth, tenth and 25th minutes as the pack had their way against the hosts.
It’s the first time ever that a front rower forward has scored a first half hat-trick in the club’s history and Jobling was quick to praise the work of his team-mates in setting the record on a day when Hull were missing a number of key players.
“It was great to get over the whitewash for the team three times,” Mike said.
“I couldn’t have done it without the forward pack though.
“It was particularly special given that we are carrying a few injuries to key personal and it just shows the depth and maturity we have as a pack.
“I did say that I had a feeling on the bus that I would get a couple, but I wasn’t expecting them In such quick succession.
“Playing out of my usual position has its added pressures, but I guess I showed Ali Thompson how to do it!
“This time of year is when you find what teams in the league have a forward pack, with the cold, wet weather sticking in it shows you need them to be dominant to grind out wins.
“As a forward pack we have boys who can score all kinds of tries, there is no bound what they can do as they are physical and fast (well some are fast).
“The scores help relieve pressure on our backs having to find the route across the line every time.”