Hull I's kicked off on a very warm Saturday afternoon to a fresh greens squad. The ball was gathered up and quickly used to allow Robinson to break through the first line of defence only to be stopped ten yards behind the gain line. Ruck ball gave opportunity for the forwards to make use of a newly learnt move which gave yards and very quick ball which was spun out to the eagerly waiting back line up, this was only spoilt when a pass went a miss for the I's winger to score against play.
Scunthorpe struggled to use the ball effectively in the forth coming minutes losing simple ball in ruck and maul situations, this put pressure on the home sides try line which eventually resulted in an I’s try through a strong run from I's 12, the conversion was made. The resulting kick off the greens put pressure on the oncoming I's pack forcing them into touch. The line out gave the greens clean ball for Hanly to break through and race half the length of the pitch to score, the kick was missed. On receiving the ball the greens made use of some rare clean ball unleashing the backs in a devilish move for Shaw to break through from fullback and skin his opposite number to score in the corner again the kick missed. At the break the visitors led 12 - 10.
After Stern words at half time the greens started the second half with drive and focus only for a simple mistake letting a breakaway try to be let in 17 - 10. This gave the greens more focus not wanting to lose the game to mistakes, drive and determination and a willingness not to lose ruck ball saw phase after phase of well worked ball. A scrum some ten yards out let Laws unleash his speed and power driving over the top of the scrum half and through to the unguarded line again the kick was missed. Buoyed by the decrease in lead Scunthorpe again struck with ball in hand. Chapman sold a dummy and sped through a gaggle of players from the 22 to score under the posts again the kick was missed. The pressure of the greens kicking into the corner kept Hull I's against the ropes when Crompton stole an untidy break down ball he shocked the scrum half by not running over the top of him but side stepping him then running a good 20 yards to score in the corner. Again the kick was missed.
Pressure was now the key to the game with solid defensive work from Hercus and Denovan in the middle of the park pushed the I's back to their own try line. Turn over work by the greens forwards and a three man overlap let Chapman sell another dummy and score close to the ruck. This time the kick was put over by Denovan. After a now rare mistake the I's had scrum on the edge of the 22, the ball was passed to their 10 who with many years of experience saw a gap and poked the ball through only to be collected again on the try line. He converted his fine individual try leaving the final score as 32 - 24 to the home team.
Plenty to work on but even more to take forward a hard fought win by the Greens.
Match report courtesy of Jon Brewster.