Academy Record Ten-Try Win Against Broncos

Academy Record Ten-Try Win Against Broncos

The Black & Whites youngsters are two from two in 2023

Match Report News

Hull FC Academy made it two wins from two at the start of the season with a ten-try victory over London Broncos Under 18s in the capital.

Callum Shaw, Lennon Clark and Kye Armstrong all claimed braces at Richmond Athletic Ground.

Meanwhile, there were first tries at Academy level for Will Hutchinson and Ryan Westerman, whilst Lennon Bursell and Roman Dawson continued their fine scoring form.

The Match

With a determined opening set defensively, Hull took advantage of some early territory when the spine combined gloriously as the ball was shifted through the hands to the right edge, where Shaw squeezed in to finish off the move.

Having being awarded back-to-back penalties following the restart, the visitors flexed their muscle when Charlie Stipetic’s offload allowed Hutchinson to burrow over beneath the sticks.

London clawed their way back into the contest after navigating a challenging start to the match, as Logan Hines swept up Aiden Tolley’s teasing grubber kick before Callum Barfield could pounce on the loose ball.

But the Black & Whites restored their cushion after the Broncos spilled the kick-off restart. On just play two, fullback Logan Moy peeled out of the back and sent Shaw in for a walk-in at the right corner.

With the first three FC tries coming from close range, the visitors then demonstrated their ability to score from distance just a couple of minutes later. Sully Medforth put Bursell through a hole with a delightful, short pass and the ball eventually found its way to Dawson, who galloped in for his third try of the season.

The trying, blustery conditions, which made hard work of goal-kicking, kept the Broncos in the contest at 18-4, despite trailing by four tries to one with a quarter of the game played. Encouraged by this, the hosts rallied in a bid to score their second try, but they were kept at bay by some stout Hull FC defence.

Having managed a tough spell of the game well, the Black & Whites were rewarded at the other end of the field when Moy’s exquisite cutout ball allowed Westerman to score in the right corner.

Again, London came and were denied, before Clark crossed at the other end for his first try at Academy level. It was thanks to a Jeylan Hodgson break down the middle of the field, with the supporting Harman cut down ten metres shy of the whitewash. But FC were stacked for the next play on the left side, and Bursell unselfishly supplied Clark for the visitors’ sixth before the break.

HALF-TIME: Broncos Academy 4-28 Hull Academy

After an error-strewn start to the second-half, it was Hull who further stretched their lead when Armstrong took in Hutchinson’s offload, threw an outrageous dummy, and stepped past another defender to finish off a tidy piece of play.

Just as it appeared the game was petering out for both sides, a late flurry of tries from the visitors boosted the scoreline. First, a well executed scrum play saw Clark coast in for his second try of the match.

Then, another piece of sleight-of-hand saw Armstrong claim his second try of the game. His dummy from 20 metres out opened up some space, and he carried a handful of defenders over the whitewash with him.

The victory was rubber stamped with another smooth move – Hodgson and Medforth linked up, with the latter finding Bursell, who fended off one defender to score, just as he did on the same ground for Hull’s Reserves earlier in the month.

FULL-TIME: Broncos Academy 4-44 Hull Academy
Squads & Scorers

Hull: Moy, Shaw, Westerman, Dawson, Barfield, Charles, Medforth, Haldenby, Hutchinson, Stipetic, Armstrong, Bursell, Harman

Hull Interchanges: Clark, Dulson, Hodgson, Lowthorpe

Hull Tries: Shaw (2), Hutchinson, Dawson, Westerman, Clark (2), Armstrong (2), Bursell

Hull Goals: Harman (2/7), Medforth (0/3)

Broncos: Jackson, Hines, Singh, Lesniewski, Duamroh, Tolley, Walker, Macaulay, Slater, Harding, Stevens, Baker, Evans

Broncos Interchanges: Binks, Birch, Fairclough, Laqeretabua

Broncos Tries: Hines

Broncos Goals: Walker (0/1)