Bizarrely our U17 contingent have never been to Hull Ionians and have only ever played them in festivals. It made no difference as the Hull Ionian team were all U18!
With five U18’s and twelve U17’s the size and power difference was massive.
A quick try to Hull was followed by a period of stout defence. Confidence grew and the lads managed to get to half time only 15 down. A fantastic start to the second half with a try from George Sowerby left us 10 behind.
Power and size then took over and we finished 32-5 down.
With a score line like that you would think the lads would be down? Far from it, they came off happier than Hull and deservedly so. The effort put in was 100% and the opposition were nothing but complimentary about how resolute our lads were.
You can learn a lot from a defeat!
All of us are buzzing for training this week.
The Academy are in a good place and can only go in one direction.