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First Chance Of Victory Slips By As Leeds Score Late Winning Try

Hull lost 27-22 in a game where they had chances to win. Harvey Harding’s pace saw him beat three defenders late in the game chasing a long kick out of defence, but he was not able to ground the ball and then a very kickable penalty was spurned in favour of a lineout and a catch-and-drive that failed. Either score could have secured Hull’s first win of the season, but it was not to be.

Hull burst out of the traps from the kick off. They caught the ball and then went 80 yards through Mike Adlard’s electric pace before great passing ended with winger Keane Naylor going over on the right hand side for an unconverted try in the opening minute.

Leeds responded immediately when Hull were penalised from the kick off and after the visitors won the ensuing lineout, winger Harry Jukes went in for an unconverted try to level the scores at 5-5.

Hull then went further behind when they lost the ball in the tackle around halfway, and Leeds second rower John Okafor raced 50 yards holding off three tacklers to score under the posts with off-half Tighe Maxwell-Whiteley converting after 21 minutes. The same player kicked a late penalty to see the visitors lead 15-5 at half-time.

Hull were first to score in the second period with off-half Dean kicking a penalty to make it 15-8, but Leeds took just three minutes to strike back when a mistimed Hull kick was picked up by Leeds and winger Turagabeci touched down for the visitors with Maxwell- Whiteley converting to make it 22-8.

Hull’s pack were starting to assert themselves in the scrum and with penalties accruing, Hull were able to get a good drive going after 60 minutes with prop Ben Boothman scoring a try.

Hull were now in the ascendency, and eight minutes later, prop Charlie Beech smashed his was through three tackles to score another try for Hull. Dean converted both tries to see Hull draw level at 22-22.

Hull were unable to take two golden scoring chances to win the game which kept the door open for Leeds who sealed the win after full-back Kieran Davies score an unconverted try to secure the win for the visitors.

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