Hull’s never-say-die spirit rescued a valuable bonus point from a game that they competed in throughout, but paid for heavily for errors in defence. Rams were under some pressure from Hull early on with Keane Naylor almost getting clean through after 10 minutes.
However it was Rams who scored first when a loose kick from Hull, saw Rams run the ball back to see winger Jak Rossiter touch down for an unconverted try after 15 minutes. Hull then built some pressure on the back of two penalties and after a drive to the line slowed, stand-in scrum-half Tomasi Tanumi, who had replaced blood binned Harvey Harding, darted over for a good try converted by Reece Dean to see Hull lead 7-5 after 24 minutes.
However, Rams’ response was immediate as Hull seemed to lose concentration and full back Robson romped through for an unconverted try. Worse was follow when Will Hall was yellow carded.
Rams took full advantage and scored two more tries before the break through hooker Hayman who was credited with the try from a forward drive. Then winger Rossiter was given too much room as he worked his way through the Hull defence to score just before half time. Two conversions from off-half Seers saw Hull well behind at 24-7 at half time.
Charlie Beech replaced Ben Bootham late in the first half and whilst Hull’s scrum had the upper hand ,and their lineout was vastly improved from last week, they were unable to prevent a steady stream of scores by the home side.
Hull’s defence was split wide open after 43 and 49 minutes allowing winger Kelling Smith and centre Humberstone to race through for tries. After 58 minutes, Rossiter was given too much room and touched down and then scored again after 73 minutes. Full back Robson had been put in on 68 minutes and all those tries were converted.
Hull had fought there way forward in the 63rd minute and Tanumi broke blind to put back row man Josh Hanlon in for an unconverted try.
With a few minutes left and losing 59-12 Hull dug very deep and a charge forward, saw the pack help prop Charlie Beech go in. Then a neat inside ball from Joe Carlisle following a lineout, saw Reece Dean score under the posts. The same player converted both tries to see Hull grab a bonus point that their late surge deserved.
It was a tough.afternoon and every time possession is conceded at this level alarm bells ring but Hull are learning and also scoring their fair share of points so if they can tighten their defence they will see improvements in their results.