John Mooney: Weekend Round Up!
North Hull Knights have won the Hull And District Open Age League with games to spare thanks to a Jak Tuttle kicking materclass and a determined defensive stint in a 14-4 victory over nearest rivals Three Tuns at Shaw Park. Tuttle was at his mercurial best in a game played on a muddy pitch and in heavy drizzle and the Knights never looked back after going in front in the first minutes. Two further tries before half-time, both set up by the half-back's kicks, plus one conversion took the home side into a 14-0 lead which they never looked like relinquishing despite the visitors having most of the second-half possession. Liam Welham's men tackled the Tuns into submission and despite fine efforts from Nev Morrison and Carl Pettman it wasn't until much too late that they finally got on the scoreboard.
Beverley travelled to Dewsbury Shaw Cross for their postponed Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Rd 1 tie against the Sharks at a cold and wet Sharky Park but couldn't breach a powerful home defence and went down 18-0. Early tries from Luke Hudson and Steve Talbot, both converted by Shaun Squires, then a long-range effort from Sam Ottelwell, with Squires again adding the extras, sent the home side 18-0 in front at the break. Beverley had numerous chances and were camped on the Shark's line for long periods but couldn't get through and the winners now travel to Oulton Warriors in Round 2.
West Hull made the long journey into Cumbria to tackle Hensingham in Round 1 of the National Cup and came home with a 30-12 victory. The losers put up a much stronger performance than they had a fortnight ago when knocked out of the Challenge Cup by The University of Hull but Wests, with tries from Ryan Wilson, Luke Moss, Danny Ward, Callum Windley and Louis Crowther and conversions from Wilson (3) and Crowther (2), were worthy winners. They have to travel to Cumbria again next weekend to take on Askam in Round 2 of the Challenge cup.