Match Report: Hull FC 20-6 London Broncos
The Black & Whites put in a strong defensive display to down London Broncos in their second pre-season friendly, 20-6.
Tries from Ligi Sao on debut, Eldon Myers, and a brace for Ratu Naulago were enough for the hosts at Brantingham.
London got on the scoresheet through Sadiq Adebiyi, but the Airlie Birds strong defence in the second-half was enough to prevent any further scores.
New recurit Ligi Sao was named for the first-time, while Mahe Fonua also made his second debut for the club, staring on the wing.
First-team stars Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Marc Sneyd and Chris Satae were also named for the first time this year.
Albert Kelly, Josh Griffin, Jordan Lane and Andre Savelio, all of whom featured in last week’s clash against Halifax, also started.
It was the Black & WH8tes who took the lead after a quick start in the contest. After attacking down the left flank, Ratu Naulago slid over in the corner to open his account for 2020.
However, London hit back with 13 minutes having passed. Sadiq Adebiyi’s strong run saw him power his way over past Jamie Shaul’s attempted tackle.
Hull looked to have bagged their second on the 20 minute mark as Chris Satae powered his way over the London line, only to be held up by some strong defence from the Broncos.
Hull did soon have their second try though, and it was another for Naulago as the pacey winger had the composure to take Marc Sney’d cross-field chip, and step round his winger to touch down.
Ligi Sao got his name on the scoresheet as the half-hour mark was passed, showing some lovely footwork and running a smart line to power over under the uprights.
The Black & Whites would assert their dominance in the closing minutes of the half - a fast move to the right edge was finished by trialist winger Eldon Myers who had the pace to fire over from close range.
HALF-TIME: Hull FC 20-6 London Broncos
The second-half was dominated by defence, with neither side managing to add to their first-half tally, but it was London who came the closest.
The Broncos twice went close through Fozard and Richards, but Albert Kelly was there to prevent the score on both occasions.
Egodo went for the line with a diving finish in the corner with 30 minutes left on the clock, only to be denied by a strong tackle from Eldon Myers, preventing the grounding.
Those were the best chances of the half - Hull ended the game by bringing on several of their junior members of the squad, including Ben McNamara, Jack Sanderson, Charlie Patterson-Lund and Jacob Hookem.
FULL-TIME: Hull FC 20-6 London Broncos
Hull FC: Jamie Shaul, Bureta Faraimo, Mahe Fonua, Carlos Tuimavave, Ratu Naulago, Albert Kelly, Marc Sneyd, Chris Satae, Joe Cator, Ligi Sao, Josh Griffin, Jordan Lane Andre Savelio.
Interchange: Jack Sanderson, Elliot Windley, Eldon Myers, Jacob Hookem, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Charlie Patterson-Lund, Kieran Buchanan, Ben McNamara, Jack Brown, Cameron Scott.
Tries: Naulago (3,28), Sao (32), Myers (37)
Goals: Sneyd (2/4)
London Broncos: Olly Ashall-Bott, Touyo Egodo, Jacob Ogden, Will Lovell, Kieron Dixon, James Meadows, Corey Aston, Eddie Battye, Matty Fozard, Greg Richards, Rhys Curran, Josh Walters, Dan Hindmarsh.
Interchange: Morgan Smith, Robert Butler, Saidq Adebiyi, Olsi Krasniqi, Dan Norman, Sam Davis, Rian Horsman, Josh Hodson.
Tries: Adebiyi (13)
Goals: Dixon (1/1)