Derby Match report

08
Feb
Category: On The Pitch

Derby Match report

As Rovers fell to a 25-16 point defeat to the hands of old rivals, Hull FC – Hull Live Reporter, Will Jackson reports on this one from the KCOM Stadium.

Hull KR impressed, fought valiantly and had their hosts up against it but they simply didn’t have enough to prevent Hull FC continuing their unbeaten start to the Super League season with a 25-16 win.

The first Hull derby was an exciting one, with plenty of action at both ends of the field, but it was a dominant second half performance from the home side that proved enough to win it.

The game ebbed and flowed with both seeing their fair share of control and Rovers took the lead through Harvey Livett and went over twice more through Adam Quinlan and Ben Crooks.

But it was Lee Radford’s FC who stuck to their guns and emerged with the two points, thanks to efforts from Jake Connor, Danny Houghton, Marc Sneyd and Josh Griffin.

Analysis

Hull KR were written off by many before a ball had even been kicked ahead of the first Hull derby of the season, but in the opening moments it wasn’t easy to see why.

The Robins started aggressively and after making their way up the field of play, it was the 3,000 or so away fans inside the KCOM Stadium who were celebrating first as Harvey Livett touched down.

The back-rower still had plenty to do with the ball when he ran onto a flat pass, but he was simply too powerful for the challenge of Jordan Lane and he forced his way over.

FC reacted, though, and with vigour. Some powerful play down the middle, notably from Scott Taylor, laid the platform for Jake Connor to finish.

Ratu Naulago was forced into a try-saving effort as he denied Ben Crooks by collecting a high kick into the corner, but he was unable to prevent being bundled into touch and from the resulting play Rovers retook the lead, as Adam Quinlan got over.

FC were shaken defensively but strong in Rovers’ half of the field and Danny Houghton capitalised on some fine play on his 350th appearance for the club by touching down Marc Sneyd’s grubber kick.

After a first-half that see-sawed one way then another, Rovers thought they would be going in at the break ahead, only to see Ryan Brierley’s effort ruled out for a knock on earlier in the move.

Within 10 minutes of the restart they were celebrating once more with a try that came in the most unorthodox of fashions.

Keeping the ball alive, the Robins weaved their way through the Hull defensive line, completing four offloads in the process before Crooks found his way over in the corner.

Still this game swung, though, and when a Jamie Ellis penalty bounced off the post, Hull sensed an opportunity to strike. Josh Griffin was the man who broke the line, powering through the line before putting Sneyd over.

But the Black and Whites broke the pattern of the game as Griffin broke through the line once more, he danced his way round the Rovers defence before touching down and sending the KCOM wild.

Sneyd sealed the win with a drop goal two minutes from time.

Key moment

Shortly after setting up Sneyd, Griffin burst through the Rovers line once more and found himself storming home to touch down under the posts to put the game beyond doubt.

Good day for

Josh Griffin. The centre made a huge amount of metres on the night but he also produced the game breaking plays, setting up Marc Sneyd for FC’s first in the second half before breaking through and going in for a try of his own moments later.

In the Rovers camp Harvey Livett again impressed not just with his try but his all round play.

Bad day for

Dan Murray. The forward didn’t have the safest pair of hands, dropping the ball twice in high areas of the field before going off with a head injury.

Bigger picture

Rovers can take confidence in pushing FC to their very limits at the KCOM Stadium. They huffed and puffed but they just didn’t have enough to stop their hosts’ attack for 80 minutes.

FC were made to work for it, but they continue to show themselves as title challengers after negotiating a real banana skin.

Scorers

Hull FC

Tries: Jake Connor, Danny Houghton, Marc Sneyd, Josh Griffin

Goals: Marc Sneyd (4/4)

Drop goal: Sneyd

Hull KR

Tries: Harvey Livett, Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks

Goals: Jamie Ellis (2/4)

Teams

Hull FC: Jamie Shaul; Adam Swift,  Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago; Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd; Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Ligi Sao; Jordan Lane, Josh Jones; Andre Savelio

Interchanges: Chris Satae, Jordan Johnstone, Josh Bowden, Mahe Fonua.

Hull KR: Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks, Kane Linnett, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Greg Minikin, Jamie Ellis, Ryan Brierley, Robbie Mulhern, Jez Litten, Dan Murray, Harvey Livett, Matty Storton, George Lawler.

Bench: Elliot Minchella, Will Maher, Kyle Trout, Dean Hadley

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