Hull 20 Wharfedale 10: Robinson’s double denies Wharfedale as winners Hull lift trophy

Hull deservedly won a tense and hard fought Yorkshire Cup final in taxing and sodden conditions at York.

They were superior in most respects though in the end they owed their victory as much to the grit and determination shown in their defence close to the line as to their surer handling in the wet and shrewd direction of the game.

Wharfedale paid the penalty for attempting ambitious running from deep in the opening quarter and thereafter were largely on the defensive.

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A missed penalty apiece looked to be the nearest the first half would come to a score, before a fine break by impressive full-back James Wigglesworth and a well-timed final pass for Hull’s Will Robinson saw the winger crash over in the corner for a 5-0 interval lead.

Immediately after the resumption Robinson was over again after profiting from a bungled Wharfedale clearance with fly-half James Cameron converting.

Wharfedale in turn profited from a yellow card to lock Chris Murray to pile on immense pressure near the Hull line resulting eventually in a penalty try converted by Lloyd Davies.

But despite being a man down, Hull surged forward to increase their lead with a Cameron penalty.

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Though Wharfedale rallied strongly in the last quarter they could only claim an answering penalty by Davies before Hull clinched things with a corner try from Anthony Maka.

Whilst the Greens ended strongly, pressing close to the line, Hull were in no mood to let their moment of cup glory slip from their grasp.

Hull: Wigglesworth; Donkin, Slingsby, M White, Robinson, Cameron, D White, Longbone, Pleevey, Fullman, C Murphy, P Murphy, Devonshire, Maka, Cook.

Wharfedale: Davies; Druce, Hodgson, Tincknell, Hart, Barrett, Woodhead, Steel, Graham, Tampin, Brown, Groves, Holland, Solomi, Baldwin.

Referee: A Vertigan (RFU).

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Shaun Edwards will return to club coaching from next season after London Irish confirmed their acquisition of the Wales defence coach on a part-time basis.

The 45-year-old has helped Wales to two RBS 6 Nations Grand Slams since being added to Warren Gatland’s coaching staff in 2008, and he has a contract with the Welsh Rugby Union through to the 2015 World Cup.

Under the terms of that agreement former rugby league player Edwards is allowed a period of time to work with an Aviva Premiership club, and he will spend one day a week with the Exiles after returning from Wales’ summer tour to Australia.

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