Hull travel to the Midlands this week looking for their first win of the season. Last week’s heavy defeat to table toppers Rosslyn Park was not without its signs of real improvement.
The points tally was exaggerated by Hull’s lack of possession from their own lineout ball, but they had some very encouraging moments. Yet again, they came out well on top in the scrums.
They broke down the visitors’ defence enough to have scored at least two more tries than the three they did score. Mike Adlard had the run of the game beating half the opposition side in a 70-yard run from deep in his own half and was held up just short of the line.
This week, Hull will be looking to get points in this league against Birmingham Moseley, who have won only once this season against the Surrey side Esher, but having lost out to Chinnor, Cinderford and Sale FC.
Birmingham have kept the scoreboard ticking over in every game they have played, but they have not played any of the teams Hull have encountered so there are no meaningful comparisons to be drawn.
For Saturday’s game, Hull will welcome back influential second rower and captain Cameron Curry to the squad which will give more lineout options and may have prop Ben Bootham back to bolster the front row resources.
Tomasi Tanumi could be back as cover for most of the back positions and Ali Heard’s solid performance last week in the centre, after a long injury layoff, is very welcome and he should be fit again this week.
Hull are doing a lot right on the field, but will need to get their full share of first phase possession to put pressure on their Midlands opposition. If they can do that, Hull have try scoring potential enough to give a very good account of themselves this weekend and kick start their season.