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HULL RUFC versus STOCKPORT

Stockport 16

Hull RUFC 43

HULL RUFC versus STOCKPORT

The game's defining moment came deep into added time in the first half with Stockport ahead 11-8 and looking to add to their tally with a sweeping move that culminated in their winger chipping ahead to the Hull line and a touchdown.  At that moment James Wigglesworth, Hull's pacy full-back intervened, caught the ball, beat the would be try scorer, then sidestepped four follow-up tacklers before setting off on a brilliant run, including a chip ahead as he won the race for the line at the Stockport end of the field.  He had travelled the full length of the pitch to score in the corner.

When James Cameron converted, Stockport seemed to realise that despite having had the better of the first half they were now losing 15-11 and had no answer to Hull's counter attacking pace.

It had all looked so different in the first few minutes. Stockport kicked off, secured their own kick and without a Hull hand touching the ball they powered their way to the Hull line and the powerful Stockport pack forced their way over with Fuller being credited with the home side's try.  Although the conversion was missed, Hull kicked off only to see Stockport almost repeat the operation and it was only when Hull fell offside that the move was halted and Stockport's Longmore kicked an easy penalty.  Stockport were leading 8-0 after only five minutes.

Hull started to gather some momentum and after quarter of an hour Cameron kicked a good penalty to open Hull's account.  Hull were next to score when an astute pass from scrum-half Dan White picked out Alex Piercy on the wing who made no mistake from 20 yards out.  Cameron's conversion failed but then came the decisive moment from Wigglesworth.

The second half saw Hull's pace and keen eye for the opening dominate proceedings.  Swift handling from thirty yards out saw Robinson run in try number three and then back-row sub, Maka, pick up a loose ball and feed the irrepressible Wigglesworth who raced sixty yards for his second try.  This was all too much for the referee who had by then pulled a hamstring and was replaced by one of his touch judges.  Stockport never gave up and a strong run by their sub, Eccles, resulted in a good try but as Hull entered the last few minutes of the game Wigglesworth was on hand to score yet another try and when he intercepted a loose pass in his own 22 metre area he raced away again but handed the ball on the line to his hard-working winger, Will Robinson, to score the final try.  With Cameron in great form with the boot, all four second half tries were converted, giving Hull a convincing victory against a strong, competitive, if occasionally over-robust, Stockport side.

It says much for this Hull side that they had a try disallowed and three further scores stopped, with players clear, by marginal decisions.  Had any of those decisions gone in Hull's favour a fifty point haul beckoned.

Match Report by Richard Gore