2018 Leeds Uni 2nd XIII V Hull Uni 2nd XIII match report (A)
Hull 2nd XIII vs Leeds 2nd XIII match report
By Freddie Found
If there is a better way to start a season than a convincing away win, I haven’t heard of it.
Leeds 2s beat Hull 2s 34-18 on an autumnal Wednesday afternoon in East Yorkshire to start their 2018/19 BUCS Northern 2B campaign in the best possible manner. The game itself started poorly for Leeds, as Hull scored on their first attack in the 2nd minute. They converted the try to make it 6-0.
Then, in a quite astonishing turn of events, Leeds proceeded to score 3 tries in quick succession- George Done getting the first after the ball was worked from right to left, leaving the Hull defence wandering. Straight after Hull kicked off again, Chris Burton made a fantastic break and passed it to Callum Ralph to score on his debut. It soon got even better for Leeds, as a grubber kick (perhaps the best kick he made in the first half…) from Kieran Hope was chased expertly and grounded by Olly Dobson. Hull scored and converted just before half-time to make it 12-12 going into the break.
Leeds picked up where they had left off in the second half, Harrison Gallagher scoring off a carry from a penalty tap, showcasing his abilities as a strong runner (the new Sam Greaves, perhaps?). Gallagher did get a second try later on in the match, but not after one of the stars from 2017/18, James Lavarello, scored after backing himself on the wing, cutting inside to leave the Hull defence looking foolish. Hull did get one try back after sustained attack, during which Leeds demonstrated their impressive defensive abilities, but it proved futile as Olly Dobson got his second with a blistering break. 34-18 the final score, “very promising” the final verdict.
· George Done
· Callum Ralph
· Olly Dobson x2
· Harrison Gallagher x2
· James Lavarello
· Kieran Hope 3/7
MOTM: Olly Dobson