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Where There’s A Will, There’s A Win

Hull ran out comfortable winners at Bournville, but they were unable to maintain the complete control they had established in the first half hour for the entire 80 minutes.

Hull’s power and pace were evident early in the proceedings as they broke from deep in just the third minute when Mike Adlard burst over the halfway line on a 65 metre run that ended in a try for back row man Will Hall converted by off half Simon Humberstone.

Hull scored again after 12 minutes when, from a scrum, they pushed Bournville back over their own line for Hall to get the touchdown once again with Humberstone converting.

Three minutes later, prop Ben Bootham broke through and backing up from Loma Kivalu and Sam Crane saw prop Mike Jobling on hand to touch down near the posts with Humberstone again adding the extra points.

Hull were dominating every phase of play at this stage and it came as no surprise when, after the backs and forwards combined to go 60 yards, second rower Liam Regardsoe plunged over for Hull’s fourth try that Humberstone converted to see Hull leading 28-0 after just 26 minutes.

Bournville then gained some field position themselves and when their centre Max Craven received the ball, he spotted a gap and sidestepped his way over for a good try converted by his off half Mitch McGahan. This left Hull comfortably in the lead 28-7 at half-time.

The second half was a different story. Hull had been well ahead on penalties received, but as Bournville came at Hull more than in the first half, the penalty count started to go their way. The yellow card which they had incurred in the first half was matched as both sides had a yellow card in the second period in a more even contest.

Hull were under pressure early in second half, but winger Mike Adlard’s interception after 50 minutes saw him sprint 85 yards for a try converted by Humberstone. However Bournville were playing with much more confidence and they were again on the scoreboard when they fashioned a good catch and drive to see their hooker JoJo Fanning get the touchdown converted by McGahan after 60 minutes.

Hull were never in danger of being overhauled, but they struggled to regain the domination that had been so apparent earlier in the game. Nevertheless they had the last laugh when the forwards drove for the line for prop Loma Kivalu to get an unconverted try to see Hull home 40-14.

Hull were clear winners, but will be looking to work on a few things before they take on Blaydon next week.

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