McGuire and Bur­row book final farewell

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Houghton’s pass over the line.

Hav­ing largely dom­i­nated the open­ing 40 min­utes, a 12-6 in­ter­val lead was scant re­ward for Leeds. Hull re­sponded five min­utes after the restart when a de­light­ful han­dling se­quence cul­mi­nated in Jake Con­nor send­ing Mahe Fonua over.

Marc Sneyd failed to con­vert and grad­u­ally the mo­men­tum swung back in Leeds’ favour, and crashed with teenage full-back Jack Walker al­most scarper­ing clear from Mitch Gar­butt’s pass.

In the 54th minute, Cum­brian prop Brad Sin­gle­ton col­lected from McGuire and em­barked on a ma­raud­ing di­ag­o­nal run which took him over in the left cor­ner.

Ref­eree Phil Ben­tham sig­nalled a no-try and video ref­eree Robert Hicks sup­ported his view, much to the dis­may of the home faith­ful. Mo­ments later, Hull ad­vanced up field and forged ahead when Sneyd’s high kick was fielded by Con­nor into the path of Sika Manu, who touched down from close range.

Sneyd’s con­ver­sion made it 16-12 to Hull but Liam Sutcliffe showed out­stand­ing pace and strength to scythe through the vis­it­ing de­fence in­side the left chan­nel in the 62nd minute to make it 16-16. Watkins con­verted to seal the slen­der vic­tory.

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