Rugby League: Hull's party on ice

Hull 4

Featherstone 18

Hull strode down the Boulevard to collect the First Division championship and confirm their promotion to Super League, but had their complacency punished as they were soundly beaten by opponents who were beset by relegation worries.

Outplayed and out-fought by Featherstone, Hull now face another nervous afternoon at Huddersfield next Saturday. With the honourable exception of their prop Steve Craven, they showed little appetite for the honest hard work that was required of them yesterday and deservedly suffered their first league defeat of the season, leaving a crowd of almost 8,000 bitterly frustrated.

Although Featherstone had struggled near the foot of the First Division all year, it was a case of role reversal from the start, with Hull looking the more anxious team and Rovers going about the job as though they had nothing to lose.

Featherstone were by far the more fluent side from the hooter, as was illustrated by the sweeping move that brought the first points of the match after six minutes - Paddy Handley, Danny Evans and Shaun Irwin all handling to send Darren Hughes over in the corner.

A Hull mistake was the catalyst for that try when Andy Ireland dropped the ball, and it was another error that was partly to blame for Featherstone's second try. The Hull full-back, Steve Holmes, allowed Irwin to steal the ball from him in the tackle and, when Featherstone worked their way to the other end, an educated pass from Steve Molloy - surely too good to be playing at this level - put Eddie Rombo in the clear.

Hull, consumed by tension and badly missing the strike power of the game's leading scorer, the injured Tevita Vaikona, needed a score to settle them before half-time. They got it when a break by Holmes and Kevin Gray moved to the right end of the field where Mark Hewitt and Graeme Hallas set up a simple try for Glen Liddiard.

That did not have a noticeably calming effect on them in the second half, though, with Hull still squandering possession at every opportunity and living on their nerves whenever Featherstone got near their line.

They had numerous escapes before they were finally punished when Ty Fallins sent Davy Kimmel striding away. Hull's composure was in tatters by this stage and, three minutes later, the failure of Hewitt and Holmes to tidy up a loose ball allowed Neil Lowe to kick ahead and Molloy to drive over.

The celebratory chorus of "Old Faithful" was silenced, "Old Fallible" being more appropriate. Hull knew that they would have work to do when they got into Super League, but perhaps were not aware that there was still work to do in order to get there.

For Featherstone, the mystery is how they have failed to produce a trace of this sort of form this season. On this showing, it could have been them on the verge of the big time.

Hull: Holmes; Gray, Hallas, Liddiard, Johnson; Lester, Hewitt; Craven, Donohue, Ireland, Fisher, Boyd, Schultz. Subs used: Nolan, Wilson, Jackson, Radford.

Featherstone: Strange; Hughes, Irwin, Kimmel, Rombo; Pratt, Handley; Molloy, Chapman, Powell, Price, Lowe, Evans. Subs used: Fallins, Slater, Lambert, Baker.

Referee: S Ganson (St Helens).

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Travel
travel
News
Tim Vine has won the funniest joke award at the Edinburgh Festival 2014
peopleTim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
News
people
Life and Style
techApp to start sending headlines, TV clips and ads to your phone
Arts and Entertainment
Taylor Swift crawls through the legs of twerking dancers in her 'Shake It Off' music video
musicEarl Sweatshirt thinks so
Life and Style
tech
Arts and Entertainment
Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in What If
filmReview: Actor swaps Harry Potter for Cary Grant in What If
News
Our resilience to stress is to a large extent determined by our genes
science
Travel
travel
Sport
sportBesiktas 0 Arsenal 0: Champions League qualifying first-leg match ends in stalemate in Istanbul
News
Pornography is more accessible - and harder to avoid - than ever
news... but they still admit watching it
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Systems Developer Technical Lead

£65000 - £70000 Per Annum: Clearwater People Solutions Ltd: Our client based i...

Energy Engineer

£25000 - £30000 Per Annum: The Green Recruitment Company: Job Title: Energy En...

Techincal Accountant-Insurance-Bank-£550/day

£475 - £550 per day + competitive: Orgtel: Senior Technical Accountant-Insuran...

Sales Representative, Leicester

£25-£30k Plus Car: Charter Selection: Major well established nationwide market...

Day In a Page

Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment