Dominant Hull leave Nuneaton battered

A combination of pace and pack power from Hull blew away Nuneaton in the first half at the Ferens Ground.

Although Nuneaton had the better of the opening exchanges with a third minute penalty from fly-half Huw Thomas and a try after 15 minutes from back-rower Alex Fan, Hull took command for the remainder of the half.

Some sparkling back play in the 18th minute saw left-winger Will Robinson finish off the move with a try in the left corner and, eight minutes later, fly-half Greg Lound put them on level terms with a well-struck penalty goal from 25 metres.

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Hull roared back onto the attack and a searing break down the middle by No 8 Ollie Cook split the Nuneaton defence wide open with supporting full-back James Wigglesworth on hand to finish with a try near the posts leaving Lound an easy conversion to make it 15-8 to Hull.

Five minutes later, it was scrum-half Matt White who jinked his way through the cover and, as the ball was moved left, a magical pass from flanker Antony Maka saw Robinson go round to score 10 yards from the posts to leave Lound with another simple conversion.

During a brief foray into the Hull half, the home side infringed at a ruck and Thomas landed a good kick to make it 22-11.

Hull got the bonus point in the second minute of added time when a fierce forward drive drove the Nuneaton defence over their own line near the posts with the final touch-down awarded to back-rower Rob Devonshire. Lound again obliged and Hull went in at the break leading 29-11.

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The home side maintained their firm grip on the game but a rugged Nuneaton defence denied them until the 59th minute when Hull were knocked-on following a catch and drive which took them to the try line.

Hull took the resultant scrum against the head and simply steam-rollered their way over the with the try eventually awarded to back-rower Max Lewis.

Lound’s conversion hit the upright from wide out.

Nuneaton got some consolation for a plucky second-half display when left-winger Elliott Brown scored in the 76th minute following a very good move by the visitors.

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