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By | 24/02/2014
Wingers Jack Sanderson and Seb Paul each scored a hat-trick as Hull FC’s under-16s opened the season with a fantastic performance to blow away St Helens 46-4 on Saturday.

The young Black and Whites ran in nine tries at the home of amateur club Thatto Heath Crusaders ARLFC and were full value for a stunning victory to the delight of coaches Richard Horne, Rob Wilson and Dave Scott.

Following a scrappy start that saw Hull make a mistake from the kick-off and Saints go close to opening the scoring, the Airlie Birds drew first blood when left centre Kieran Buchanan profited from a well-weighted Jez Litten grubber kick into the in-goal area.

The home side hit back to tie the scores at 4-4 midway through the first half when Josh Eaves sliced his way through the FC defence, but it was one-way traffic from there as Hull turned on the style.

Paul notched a quickfire brace in response as he first intercepted a loose pass five metres from his own line to sprint under the posts at the other end before Alfie Potter profited from Litten's high bomb to send the pacey winger in for his second.

With conversions from Brad Clavering and Callum Baker taking the score to 16-4, Hull were in control and they extended their advantage 10 minutes before the break when another Litten kick caused havoc in the St Helens defence, this time Sanderson well-placed to ground the ball.

As Paul had done previously, Sanderson waltzed over for his second on the stroke of half-time after a fine Ryan Adamson pass leaving the Black and Whites with a sizeable 26-4 lead at the interval.

The second half started in similar fashion to the first with the home side dominating the early stages, but Hull held firm and struck at the other end as loose forward Jordan Lane powered over from close range. 

In what was becoming a familiar pattern, the England international notched his own double 10 minutes later as he beat five would-be tacklers on a 40-metre dash to the line, a third goal for Clavering taking the score out to 38-4.

There was still time for Sanderson and Paul to claim their hat-trick, however, with Sanderson the first to the milestone on debut as he again capitalised on Litten’s kick to the corner, before right winger Paul followed suit when finishing off Potter’s superb flick pass to seal a fine win in style.

St. Helens: Lewis Furlong, Kieran O’Mara, Carl Keoghan, Jack Highcock, Kevin Brown, Brad Billsborough, Rob Fairclough, Danny Lynch, Josh Ganson, Mike Weldon, Matthew Costello, Matthew Kilgannon, Josh Eaves

Subs: Jack Unsworth, Dominic Mirfin, Jack Cottington, Louis Pauls, Adam Causey

Tries: Eaves

Goals: Furlong (0/1)

Hull FC: Ryan Adamson, Jack Sanderson, Kieran Buchanan, Alfie Potter, Seb Paul, Brad Clavering, Jez Litten, Chris Osindeinde, Callum Baker, Joel Marquez-Laynez, Billy Wardell, Zeus Silk, Jordan Lane.

Subs: Rob Branton, Charlie Weaver, James Oliver, Bobby Downs, Dexter Cardwell, Lochlan Fitzgerald

Tries: Paul (3), Sanderson (3), Lane (2), Buchanan

Goals: Clavering (3/4), Litten (1/4), Baker (1/1)

Referee: Richard Dolan (Batley).

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