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HULL FC 46-6 BRADFORD BULLS
By Matt Holden | 29/01/2012
A hat-trick from Kirk Yeaman and a further six tries from Hull FC helped the Black and Whites to a comprehensive 46-6 victory over Bradford Bulls this afternoon.
The England centre was in fine form on a bitterly cold day at the KC Stadium as an impressive Hull side racked up the points ahead of next Sunday’s game against Warrington Wolves in the opening round of the Stobart Super League.
Wade McKinnon (2), Richard Horne, Danny Tickle, Tom Briscoe and Danny Nicklas also crossed for the Black and Whites, with Tickle adding four goals and testimonial man Lee Radford adding a sensational touchline conversion in the final five minutes.
Jason Crookes replied with an intercept try for Bradford, with Luke Gale adding the extras, but this was a one-sided affair.
Hull began their last pre-season game of 2012 in the best possible fashion, with Kirk Yeaman scoring on the very first tackle for the Black and Whites.
With Hull kicking-off, a Bradford error handed the home side the ball from a scrum on the 20m line and a clever short side play saw the England centre beat his man on the outside to crash over in the corner.
Danny Tickle added a tricky touchline conversion to give his side a perfect 6-0 start with barely 60 seconds on the clock.
A long delay then ensued because of an injury to a Bulls player, Lee Radford involved in the heavy collision, before Hull twice coughed up possession while threatening the Bradford line.
And with a little over 10 minutes on the clock, the visitors hit back with a long range try against the run of play, Jason Crookes intercepting a Tony Martin pass to run the length of the field.
New signing Luke Gale added the extras for the Bulls to tie the scores at 6-6.
That was the way it stayed until the 28th minute when two close season signings for the Black and Whites combined for the try of the match.
Taking the ball on the last tackle, Brett Seymour shaped to kick to the right, before an angled kick back inside found the onrushing Wade McKinnon, who calmly collected the bouncing ball before sidestepping his way over under the posts for his first try to Hull.
Tickle added the simple conversion, but the second rower was off target five minutes later when Willie Manu sent Richard Horne racing over from 40 metres when Bradford coughed the ball up in the tackle.
The stand-off’s score made it 16-6 to the Black and Whites at the break in a pleasing first-half performance for Peter Gentle’s troops.
Horne was then instrumental in getting Hull up and running in the second half, his perfectly timed pass on a set play sending Yeaman over for his second just five minutes in.
With Tickle and Joe Westerman off the field, Richard Whiting took over the kick duties but failed with his first attempt of the afternoon.
As Hull continued to dominate, Yeaman then went over for his hat-trick 10 minutes later, collecting Horne’s grubber kick on the last tackle to touch down with 25 minutes left on the clock.
With Tickle back on the field, he added the conversion from just inside the left touchline and the second rower then increased the lead five minutes later as he stretched over on the right for an unconverted score following good build-up work from Horne and McKinnon.
The latter then crossed for his second of the afternoon, backing up a Tom Briscoe break to sneak in at the left corner, as Hull went on the rampage against a Bulls team unable to contain the power and pace of an impressive Black and Whites side.
This time, Tickle was on target and Hull led 36-6 with 15 minutes remaining.
It was one-way traffic at this stage and the Black and Whites posted their eighth try of the night through Briscoe, who showed great hands in wet conditions to collect a Yeaman offload before racing away to finish a flowing Hull move that started in their own 20m zone.
There was still time for youngster Danny Nicklas to collect his own kick and dive gleefully over the line, Radford adding the conversion in his final game of a 14-year career for a fitting finale and a 46-6 victory in his testimonial game.
Hull FC: McKinnon, Sharp, Martin, Yeaman, Briscoe, Horne, Seymour, Radford, Houghton, Moa, Tickle, Manu, Westerman.
Subs: O’Meley, O’Carroll, Whiting, Aspinwall, Turner, Lyne, Green, Nicklas, Pearce
Tries: Yeaman (3), McKinnon (2), Horne, Tickle, Briscoe, Nicklas
Goals: Tickle (4/7), Whiting (0/1), Radford (1/1)
Bradford Bulls: Kearney, Crookes, Purtell, Walker, Kear, Jeffries, Gale, Scruton, Diskin, Hargreaves, Sibbit, Bateman, Langley.
Subs: Burgess, Joseph, O’Brien, Donaldson, Platt, Sykes, Sammut
Goals: Gale (1/1)
Referee: S Ganson