Reserves Downed By Experienced Warriors

Reserves Downed By Experienced Warriors

The report from Hull FC Reserves’ first game of 2022

Centre of Excellence News

Abbas Miski scored a hat-trick of tries as an experienced Wigan Warriors Reserves outfit peeled away from a gallant Hull FC Reserves side.

The Black & Whites managed to keep the visitors out for the first half-an-hour, but Miski’s quickfire double and a Zach Eckersley score before the interval laid the foundations for a dominant second half from Wigan.

Sam Halsall and Ben O’Keefe compounded Hull’s misery, before Leon Stewart got the hosts off the mark.

The Warriors ran in three more tries through Eckersley, Miski and Ri’chards Nsemba, although Hull had the final say through Lewis Martin.

The Match

Following some staunch defence from the Black & Whites throughout the majority of the first half, their rear guard was eventually breached when a delayed pass from Umyla Hanley opened up space for Miski to score in the left corner.

Eckersley doubled the Warriors’ lead shortly afterwards, when Nsemba broke the defensive line and unselfishly gave the ball to the fullback.

Wigan’s dominance began to come to the fore as half-time loomed, and Hull’s defence couldn’t complete a tackle on Halsall before he could offload to Miski for the Lebanese international to go over for his second.

HALF-TIME: Hull 0-18 Warriors

FC’s defence was breached for a fourth time shortly after the break, when quick hands from Eckersley put O’Keefe away in the corner, despite Davy Litten’s protestations that he had managed to bundle the centre into touch before he put the ball down.

Halsall profited from some open space off the back of a scrum, but Hull weren’t going down without a fight and they scored their first of the afternoon when Marcus Walker picked the perfect pass to hit Leon Stewart’s line – the second rower galloped over the whitewash from over 30 metres out.

However, any slight hopes of a miraculous comeback were quickly extinguished when neat hands sent Eckersley over for his second.

Miski clinched his hat-trick after Harvey Barron misjudged a kick on the wing, allowing Wigan the opportunity to exploit some open space on the left edge.

Full of confidence, the Warriors began to let the ball sing and Nsemba crossed with a small number of minutes remaining.

But it was the hosts who had the final word at the University of Hull. Smart play from Mackenzie Harman out of the scrum ten metres from Wigan’s try line gave Martin a passage to score in the left corner.

FULL-TIME: Hull 10-42 Warriors
Squads & Scorers

Hull: Litten, Barron, Wynne, Wacokecoke, Martin, Harman, Walker, Laidlaw, Rutland, Gibson, Severs, Stewart, Burrell

Hull Interchanges: Gardiner, Jebson, Staveley, Yeaman

Hull Tries: Stewart, Martin

Hull Goals: Harman (1/2)

Warriors: Eckersley, Hanley, O’Keefe, Halsall, Miski, Astley, Smith, Jack Bibby, O’Neill, Rothwell, McDonnell, Nsemba, Shorrocks

Warriors Interchanges: Forber, Hill, Huish, Jones

Warriors Tries: Miski (3), Eckersley (2), O’Keefe, Halsall, Nsemba

Warriors Goals: Smith (5/8)