Hull Dominate Doncaster
A rampant Hull FC side secured an impressive victory in their first pre-season outing of 2019 with a 72-12 demolition of Doncaster RLFC.
28-6 in front at half time thanks to a brace from Liam Harris and tries from Danny Langtree, Connor Wynne and Jordan Lane, the Airlie Birds found a fifth gear in the second half to score eight more.
Debutants Levy Nzoungou, Ratu Naulago and Charlie Patterson-Lund all secured second half scores, but Charlie Graham bagged a hat-trick after coming on from the interchange bench.
Dean Hadley skippered the Black & Whites for the first time in his career, whilst trialists Jordan Cox and Naulago were offered places in the starting 13.
There were also debuts for Wynne, Langtree, Nzoungou, Patterson-Lund, Graham and City of Hull Academy trio Jordan Webster, Josh Atkinson, Jack Bartlett.
The game was barely two minutes old before the Black & Whites breached the Dons’ try line, as Harris collected Miloudi’s chipped kick to slide over under the sticks.
Highly regarded and believed to be one of the most promising fullbacks, Wynne jinked his way through numerous Doncaster defenders to bounce over from 15 metres out.
The hosts opened their account halfway through the first half, however, as Brandon Douglas scooted over from dummy half.
However, the visitors were not deterred in the attacking fluency, and Langtree became the second player to score on his Hull debut thanks to soft hands from Danny Washbrook.
There were still two more tries in the locker for Hull before half-time. Lane profited from Jez Litten’s break and showcased some smart footwork to race away, before Harris intercepted and sprinted the length of the field on the hooter.
HT: Doncaster 6 - 28 Hull FC
The Airlie Birds started the second half as they meant to go on, as trialist Naulago exhibited superb power and pace to score from 70 metres out.
The floodgates began to burst open when Litten’s grubber kick found Harris in acres of space to complete a hat-trick against his former club.
As the game progressed, more youngsters were given their debuts, coming off the interchange bench. One of those, former rugby union player Graham, took advantage of a defensive error from Sam Doherty to plant down in the corner.
The hosts managed to scramble over for their second of the game on the hour mark, with Russ Spiers bouncing over from dummy half, almost a carbon copy of their first.
Once again, the visitors were not put off by Doncaster’s try, and immediately increased their superior advantage. Pulling the strings in the halves, Harris proved that he couldn’t just score tries, but he could also assist them as the youngster put Miloudi away for his first try of 2019.
City of Hull Academy graduate Patterson-Lund became the next to score on his Hull FC debut, before Graham beat two Doncaster defenders to claim his second of the game in the corner.
Straight from the kick-off, Masi Matongo’s lung-busting carry saw him break the tackle before the Zimbabwean offloaded to his African prop partner Nzoungou. Momentum took the Congolese prop over the whitewash underneath the sticks.
Hull weren’t done there, as just before the hooter sounded, Graham climbed above the Doncaster winger to claim his hat-trick on debut at the Keepmoat Stadium.
FT: Doncaster 12 - 72 Hull FC
Hull Squad: Connor Wynne, Hakim Miloudi, Kieran Buchanan, Jack Logan, Ratu Naulago, Danny Washbrook, Liam Harris, Brad Fash, Jez Litten, Masi Matongo, Jordan Cox, Danny Langtree, Dean Hadley, Levy Nzoungou, Jack Brown, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Cameron Scott, Jordan Lane, Charlie Graham, Jordan Webster, Josh Atkinson, Jack Bartlett.
Hull Tries: Harris (3), Wynne, Langtree, Lane, Naulago, Graham (3), Miloudi, Patterson-Lund, Nzoungou
Hull Goals: Miloudi (10/13)
Doncaster Squad: Sam Doherty, Kieron Lawton, Richard Owen, Jason Tali, Matty Chrimes, Kieran Cross, Matty Beharrell, Russ Spiers, Kyle Kesik, Ryan Boyle, Brad Foster, Connor Bower, Harris Jones, Jordan Howden, Connor Scott, Brandon Douglas, Ryan Dixon
Doncaster Tries: Douglas, Spiers
Doncaster Goals: Beharrell (2/2)