To say it’s been a while since Hull last beat Ionians, would be an understatement. It’s been 4,039 days in fact since Hull won 30-15 on November 27, 2010. To put that into context, Greg Jones who was part of the Hull team that beat Ionians 22-16 win at Brantingham Park on Saturday, was 10 years old. Jones can’t believe he was finishing primary school the last time Hull held the bragging rights in the city of Hull.
“To hear that I was 10 years old when we last beat Ionians is crazy,” Jones said.
“I think at that age I was just finishing primary school and was about to join Caldy Grange Grammar school, going into year 7.
“Back then I was playing my rugby for Caldy RUFC, just having fun being with my mates and having a run around. In that respect I guess not much has changed!
“What a game Saturday was. It was a pretty nail biting from start to finish with a lot to be gained from both sides, none more so the bragging rights.
“I think the win against Ionians and breaking the long run of defeats against them is really a testament to where we are as a squad at the moment.
“Winning the local derby to go top of the league at Christmas is not a bad place to be, and I really enjoyed playing my part in that!
“The win was great for us players but also the supporters and everyone involved in the club and serves as a great platform for us to keep building from for the rest of the season.”
I have played at Caldy RUFC for as long as I can remember as well as also playing for the University of Leeds in the BUCS Northern A league. Adding Hull RUFC to my resume has already taught me a great deal and I have a feeling I have a lot more to learn.”
Jones is one of the new recruits to Hull this season and after making the step up from university rugby, the forward is making big strides in the first team.
“All the boys have been very welcoming and with the help of a few socials I have really enjoyed getting to know the lads and becoming one of the squad,” Jones said.
“Coming from university rugby, the step up to playing National 2 has been a real challenge and one that I have loved getting stuck into.
“I am relishing every chance I get given here, and although I have been progressing since the start of the season, I feel like myself and all of the boys have got so much more to give.
“After a welcomed break I am excited to get stuck into some big fixtures in the New Year.
“I believe we can keep grinding out results and challenging at the top of the table until the end of the season.”