The Hull Schoolboys Select side completed an historic double on Monday evening at Hull KR’s Craven Park, as they defeated the Mackay State High School tourists from Queensland, Australia. The team had already defeated the tourists on the previous Saturday to become the first Hull side to ever beat Mackay State High, and after a controlled performance in the wet conditions they deserved their 2nd victory.
The match started in similar fashion to Saturdays 1st Test match as an Hull error allowed the tourists to capitalise and scoot over for an early 6-0 lead. This seemed to spring the Hull boys into action with some thunderous hits in defence going in from Kai Thorpe, Callum Tramner and Jack Brown. The right hand edge of Jordan Richmond, Brad Elliott, Josh Jarvis and Tom Coles looked dangerous with every play and this side created the 1st Hull try as a Richmond kick was spilled allowing Elliott to collect and crash over. On the left side Lewis Todd and the excellent Elliott Wallis started strongly with George Tyson-Wilson getting through a lot of work in defence and attack. Ben Bradshaw was unfortunate to collect a head injury early into his stint after his great performance on the Saturday. At the back, Joe Rustill followed on from his superb performance on Saturday, looking confident with every kick return and causing problems for the Australian defence. Hull went into the lead when Man of the Match, Josh Jarvis crashed over wide out after strong carries from Brown and Thorpe. Kieran Sewell controlled the game well from dummy-half with Richmond and Charlie Patterson kicking well when needed and spreading the ball wide. Tramner created the next try, creating space for Rustill who sent Wallis sprinting over wide out with Rustill goaling before the tourists struck back to pull the score back to 14-12 to Hull. On the stroke of half-time a neat kick from Patterson was followed up by Rustill who dived on the loose ball from an 18-12 half-time lead.
The 2nd half saw Hull started strongly with Josh Oliver repeating his impact off the bench, supported well by Josh Pearson who again added aggression to the defence. Josh Atkinson came on wide out and looked assured and willing to work at every opportunity whilst Reece Smith came on at dummy-half to add some speed around the ruck. Smith was soon in the thick of the action as he scooted from a quick play the ball to dive over with Rustill goaling for 24-12. Back came the tourists with a superb try to come back to 24-18. Richmond again created a reply for Hull as he sent Jarvis over for his 2nd try with a cut-out pass however back came the Australians with another quick-fire response to come back to 28-24. The Hull boys were on the back foot and required a lift and it came from England international forward Brown who broke through and drew the full-back to send Rustill over for 34-24. Brad Fox came on to add some strength to the defence out-wide whilst Harry Whittles and Curt Williamson came into the attack to add extra options in. Fittingly it was Hull who had the final word of the two match series with Whittles sending Patterson over out-wide for a 38-28 victory.
Special thanks to the staff who supported the games in John Sherwood, Mike Hewitt, Natasha Pearson, Jon White, Martin Smith, Lewis Jarvis and Janice Hall and to Rachel Gay for her help with the team,
Squad: Joe Rustill (St Marys), Oliver Woods (South Holderness), Lewis Todd (Archbishop Sentamu), Josh Jarvis (Sirius Academy), Josh Atkinson (Sirius Academy), Reece Smith (Archbishop Sentamu), Harry Whittles (Sirius Academy ) ©, Kai Thorpe (Sirius Academy), Callum Bradshaw (St Marys), Dylan Hayward (Archbishop Sentamu), Luke Livingston (South Holderness), Brad Elliott (Sirius Academy), Charlie Patterson (St Marys), Josh Pearson (Archbishop Sentamu), Ben Bradshaw (St Marys), Tyler Harvey (St Marys), Josh Oliver (Archbishop Sentamu), George Tyson-Wilson (Sirius Academy), Elliott Wallis (South Holderness), Jack Todd (Archbisop Sentamu), Curt Williamson (St Marys), Kieran Sewell (Sirius Academy), Jordan Richmond (Sirius Academy), Tom Coles (Archbishop Sentamu), Jack Brown (St Marys), Callum Tramner (South Holderness), Adam Rooks (South Holderness), Brad Fox (St Marys).