Match Report: Batley Bulldogs 6-38 Hull FC
Hull FC earned a comfortable 38-6 victory in their third pre-season clash of 2020, defeating Batley Bulldogs at the Fox’s Biscuit Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Ratu Naulago bagged a 20-minute second-half hat-trick, while fellow backs Josh Griffin, Carlos Tuimavave and Bureta Faraimo (2) also got their names on the scores-sheet.
The fixture was a chance to see new recruits Josh Jones and Manu Ma’u in action for the Airlie Birds for the very first-time, with the pairing showing a strong account of themselves in their opening performance for the club.
Blockbuster back-row paring Josh Jones and Manu Ma’u lined up for the first-time for the Black & Whites, while Jake Connor, Scott Taylor and Gareth Ellis made their first appearances of 2020.
Albert Kelly started at full-back in the absence of Jamie Shaul, while new recruits Jordan Johnstone, Joe Cator and Chirs Satae would all also feature.
The visitors opened the scoring after 12 minutes as the Black & Whites made their first real attack on the Bulldogs line. Manu Ma’u fended a pair of Batley defenders to the floor, before the ball went sent to the left edge on the following play, finished off with quick hands sending the ball to Bureta Faraimo to score. Sneyd converted.
The USA-international winger had his second just ten minutes later. Albert Kelly, playing the game at full-back, made space on the left before finding the ball to Faraimo once more for a walk-in in the corner. Sneyd was on target once more.
FC soon had their third as they took control of the contest. A superb ball out to the right side on half-way found Carlos Tuimavave, who had the pace and footwork to beat his fellow edge defender and touch down. Sneyd kicked a third.
Hull had their fourth before the break, going 100 metres down the field in a set. After Albert Kelly made a downfield break and looked destined to score, Masi Matongo was brought down on the following play just inches from the line. But Hull did get their try through Josh Griffin who stepped his way over with just seconds remaining in the half.
HALF-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 0-22 Hull FC
Lee Radford’s men started the second-half much quicker than the first, and would have their fifth score just minutes after the restart. A ball out wide to pacey Fijian Ratu Naualgo would see the winger unleash his speed and power to race away and power over against the Bulldogs defenders.
Less than two minutes later, Naulago had his second. A break down the opposite by Faraimo saw him accompanied by Andre Savelio, who couldn’t complete the attack. But fast hands once again helped send the ball to the right side of the field, and a short ball from Manu Ma’u put the try on a place for Naulago. Sneyd converted.
And Naulago completed a 20-minute hat-trick with a walk-in effort in the same corner his previous two scores. Mahe Fonua appeared to be held in the tackle close to the line, but managed to find the offload to Savelio who in turn found the winger. Sneyd was on target once again.
Batley did manage to get on the score-sheet though before the full-time hooter sounded through Anthony Bowman who crossed from close range in the final ten minutes of the game.
FULL-TIME: Batley Bulldogs 6-38 Hull FC
Hull FC: Albert Kelly, Bureta Faraimo, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Ratu Naulago, Jake Connor, Marc Sneyd, Scott Taylor, Joe Cator, Ligi Sao, Josh Jones, Manu Ma’u, Gareth Ellis.
Interchange: Chris Satae, Jordan Johnstone, Masi Matongo, Brad Fash, Jordan Lane, Andre Savelio, Mahe Fonua, Jack Brown, Eldon Myers, Jack Sanderson.
Tries: Faraimo (12, 22), Tuimavave (25), Griffin (38), Naulago (43,45,64)
Goals: Sneyd (5/7)
Batley Bulldogs: Luke Hooley, Wayne Rettie, Keenan Tomlinson, Lewis Galbraith, Dale Morton, Benjamin White, Daniel Yates, Toby Everett, Shaun Lunt, James Brown, Dane Manning, Lucas Walshaw, Anthony Bowman.
Interchange: David Scott, Nyle Flynn, Jouilisi Tiara, Alistair Leak, Michael Ward, George Senior, Sam Bowering, Johnny Campbell
Tries: Bowman (70)
Goals: Morton (1/1)