By Ryan Gould at KC Stadium
North Wales Crusaders fell out of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup at the fourth round stage despite a valiant effort against a strong Hull FC outfit containing a number of their Super League stars.
Two Kirk Yeaman tries late in the first half gave the home side a 26-6 lead at the break, but it wasn’t until the closing stages of the game that Hull FC finished the tie off for good, as Crusaders started to tire and the difference in quality between the sides started to show.
After forcing repeat sets early on, North Wales had a chance to open the scoring when Roets attacked down the right wing, but the FC defence were more than a match and halted the centre short of the line.
It was Hull FC who opened the scoring for the afternoon as, after a Crusaders error just 10 metres out, Richard Horne hit a perfect line and touched down a pass from Westerman.
The home side increased their advantage almost immediately with a try through Joe Westerman, who managed to reach out to the line after palming off three Crusaders defenders in the build-up.
Ben Crooks added a third for FC from a delightful Richard Horne grubber, before North Wales hit back with a try. Captain Andy Moulsdale sent a high bomb to the corner, which was knocked forward by Tom Lineham, and Roets collected to dive over in the corner to the delight of the healthy travelling support.
However, the revival lasted just a matter of minutes as the Super League side hit back with a double from Yeaman down the left flank to enter the break with a 20-point lead.
Yeaman was denied his hat-trick try shortly after the restart, before Andy Gorski’s effort was ruled out for Crusaders, as a shove from Durbin on Andy Lynch was deemed to have forced the knock-on that gave Crusaders the opportunity to race clear and score.
North Wales did well to keep Hull out in the opening stages of the second half, but they finally cracked when, on 53 minutes, the home side spread the ball right and youngster Tom Lineham slid over in the corner.
James Cunningham crashed over from first receiver and Jamie Shaul, who was outstanding at fullback, finished off a Kirk Yeaman break, before the Black and Whites notched on a further four tries to detract from what was a competitive contest for much of the game.
Shaul added two further tries with breaks, and Horne and Yeaman also crossed to seal their double and hat-trick respectively for a flattering final scoreline.
Tries: Horne 13, 73, Westerman 17, Crooks 24, Yeaman 34, 39, 80, Lineham 53, Cunningham 58, Shaul 66, 70, 75.
Goals: Westerman 4/7, Heremaia 3/5
NORTH WALES CRUSADERS
Tries: Roets 30
Goals: Johnson 1/1
Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow
North Wales Crusaders MOTM: Andy Moulsdale – the stand-off put in every effort for his side and his sprint to track down Jason Crooks in the corner for what looked to be a certain try was outstanding, even if Crusaders were well behind at that point.
Picture courtesy of Hull Daily Mail