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Your News Hull 63 - Westoe 8

THIS was slaughter in the sunshine.

Westoe must have felt shell-shocked as they made a disconsolate exit from the field after a ten-try drubbing by strong, fast and inventive opponents.

And nobody could blame Hull’s jubilant supporters for celebrating in style a victory which was not only resounding but also historic in the inaugural game on the club’s new Ferens Ground.

The truth is that neither faction saw this coming.

Gareth Nesbit’s men, realistically, might have accepted they were the underdogs against a home side bolstered by high quality recruits and with an overwhelming 64-7 win under their belts at West Park (St Helens) seven days earlier in the opening league game of the season.

But they made the 125-mile journey to Humberside with real hope that they could steal the points in what was always going to be a highly competitive encounter.

And before the kick-off Hull’s officials admitted that they regarded the game against previously doughty opponents as a litmus test of their new-look side and would be satisfied with a narrow win.

As it was, with the temperature soaring to mid-summer levels, Westoe were given a real roasting.

Though it is true that the ball always seemed to bounce well for Hull who also benefited from some eyebrow-raising refereeing decisions, that is mitigation only and can hardly detract from an emphatic victory which will have set alarm bells sounding throughout North One.

From now on, Hull, maintaining anything like this form, is the team which everyone with title-winning aspirations will know they have to beat.

Yet while this may have been a debacle, it was not capitulation. Although battered and bruised with their defence in tatters, the Dunes Adventure Island-sponsored Shieldsmen at least deserve credit for battlling away gamely until the final whistle ended their misery.

But a number of players will know only too keenly that theirs was a below-par personal performance and that their opponents were allowed to get away with much too much. And it didn’t help that lock Matthew Muchall and flanker Kerry Wood were sin-binned when Hull were on the rampage in the second half.

If lessons have been learned, then something will have been salvaged.

As it happens, it was Westoe who did the early attacking, forcing the home team back onto their goal line and winning a penalty which fly half Sam Rasch slotted over to put his side ahead.

Hull retaliated with converted tries by centres Mateo David and Alex Piercy, whereupon Rasch pulled back five points when he dodged one defender and dummied another to touch down after centre David Haswell had burst down the right flank into the home team 22.

Westoe, only 14-8 down, began the second half still fancying their chances. Yet just six minutes later such optimism lay in ruins after Piercy, snatching a loose ball after a defensive blunder, and left winger Mateo Malupo - twice - had gone over.

The floodgates were now open and the strong and elusive Malupo was add three more tries to his tally while lock Chris Murphy and number 8 Rob Devonshire also got onto the score sheet and so pile on the agony.

Afterwards Nesbit said: “It was a terrible performance by us in the second half. We just stood back and let them run over us. But we will have to take in on the chin, get our act back together and move on.

“It is certainly not the end of the world, but rather, in terms of the whole season, just one game and two points lost.”

*In a marked reversal of fortunes, the Seconds gave Morpeth a 68-19 beating in their Northumberland League game at Wood Terrace in which their hard-running backs were always in command.

Tries were scored by scrum half Peter Nichols and flanker Bob Lamb (two each), fly half David Richardson, centre Craig Olugbode, winger s Danny and John Irving, full back Ryan Beattie and number 8 Andrew Kirton. Richardson also kicked six conversions and John Irving three.

*The Thirds’ league game at Morpeth was cut short in the 65th minute after casualties reduced them to 12 men, the points for a 25-15 win going to the home side.

Westoe were leading 15-3 through tries by winger Craig Shaw and full back Paul Hagan, who also kicked a conversion and penalty, before injury struck centre David Fairlamb (shoulder) and fly half Craig Stephenson (knee). The referee ended proceedings when lock Chris Carrick needed on the field attention for a dislocated knee.

*The Colts fought back from 17-0 down to level the scores in their Under-18 League game at Wigton only for the home team to get a winning try. Westoe’s tries were scored by winger Michael Potts, full back Anthony Tiffin and number 8 Graham Elstob, which was converted by Michael Booth.

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