Airlie Birds Level Above Robins in Hull Derby

A strong second-half display from Hull FC gave them a dominant 56-12 victory against the neighbours from across the river, Hull KR.

Hull KR thought they’d drawn first blood, as Tommy Lee stretched over from a few metres out to dot the ball down.

However, he was denied by TMO, Liam Moore, and penalised for a double movement.

The home side made sure they would lead first, as Jake Connor dummied an accelerated through the Robins defence to score.

Rovers responded almost immediately through Jimmy Keinhorst.

After they forced a goal-line drop out, the visitors shipped the ball wide to the German international who was too strong for Carlos Tuimavave.

Tries for both sides were converted to make it 6-6.

Connor then turned provider for the Black and Whites, as his kick into the corner was gathered by Jack Logan who scored.

A quickfire second followed for Hull as Marc Sneyd, Jake Connor, and Connor Wynne combined to release Logan on the wing for his second try.

Sneyd converted both to stretch the lead to 18-6.

Sneyd had the chance to put an extra two points on the board but dragged his penalty attempt wide.

A 40-20 from Danny Drinkwater in the 35th minute put the Rovers back on the front foot and they took full advantage of the opportunity.

A pass back on the inside from Joel Tomkins to an on rushing Craig Hall left the full-back with plenty of room to slide over. Hall converted his own try for 18-12 at the break.


Hull FC started the second half the better of the two sides, and picked up their fourth try just a couple of minutes in.

Mark Minichello showed that even at 37 he hadn’t lost a touch after breaking the Rovers line from 25 metres out and stepping past Craig Hall to score.

The Airlie Birds were then awarded a soft penalty in front of the posts for a ball steal, and this time, Sneyd did convert to make the score 26-12.

The game then firmly shifted the way of Lee Radford’s side as Minichello offloaded to Joe Westerman, who crashed over under the posts.

In the 66th minute, Ben Crooks was sin-binned for a shoulder charge off the ball on Marc Sneyd.

This caused some handbags between the two sides and Scott Taylor connected with a swinging arm to Crooks and was also sent for a ten minute rest.

Hull FC crossed the line once more just before the 70th minute as Albert Kelly reacted quickest to a loose ball in the in-goal area.

The try had to be confirmed by the TMO as it seemed like Josh Griffin had knocked on. However, the ball was stripped out of his hands by Kane Linnett.

The home-side scored their seventh try of the game, as Mickey Paea bulldozed his way over from 10 metres out. Sneyd made it eight out of nine from the boot to lead by 32.

Logan then picked up his hat-trick in the 74th minute.

The ball was recycled quickly and Kelly released Logan down the right hand wing and outpaced Hall and raced under the posts.

Sneyd converted as Hull took their score to 50.

Direct from kick-off, and without a tackle being made, the home-side scored once more thanks to another Kelly break.

This time, the half-back came through the middle of the park, passed to Carlos Tuimavave who found young Connor Wynne to score.



Connor Wynne, Jack Logan, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Danny Houghton, Mickey Paea, Mark Minichello, Jordan Lane, Gareth Ellis.

Interchanges: Masi Matongo, Joe Westerman, Sika Manu, Albert Kelly.

Tries: Jake Connor, Jack Logan (3), Mark Minichello, Joe Westerman, Albert Kelly, Mickey Paea, Connor Wynne

Goals: Marc Sneyd (9/10)


Sin-Bins: Scott Taylor (Swinging Arm)



Craig Hall, Ben Crooks, Jimmy Keinhorst, Kane Linnett, Will Oakes, Danny McGuire, Josh Drinkwater, Robbie Mulhern, Tommy Lee, Lee Jewitt, Joel Tomkins, Weller Hauraki, George Lawler.

Interchanges: Mitch Garbutt, Danny Addy, Shaun Lunt, Owen Harrison

Tries: Jimmy Keinhorst, Craig Hall

Goals: Craig Hall (2/2)


Sin-Bins: Ben Crooks (Shoulder Charge)


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