Hull survive late onslaught to edge out brave Otley
HULL squeezed to a 26-21 win over Otley but had to hold firm to withstand a furious late comeback.
The forwards were tireless and props Adie Longbone and Kris Fullman dominated the scrums and tackled and drove forward without ever taking a step backwards.
Lee Radford also probed the Otley defence with a series of deft passes that were eagerly seized upon by Steve Slingsby, Jamie Barnard and the rest of Hull's backs who posed a constant threat.
The first five minutes were all Otley and a series of attacks ended in a converted try for a seven-point lead.
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Hull's response was almost immediate and two penalties from Greg Lound saw Hull take a lead they never relinquished.
With the Hull forwards starting to dominate scrums, Hull's backs were fashioning scoring opportunities.
After some slick handing and a neat interchange of passes between Slingsby and Piercy, Slingsby dived over in the corner after 16 minutes, but too far out for Lound to convert.
Hull continued to dominate and another series of forward drives resulted in hooker Kay barging over near the posts after 22 minutes, giving Lound an easy conversion.
Otley were never less than competitive but they were unable to score and the half ended with another Lound penalty to give Hull an 18-7 lead.
Hull started the second half with James Cameron replacing the injured Lound. Although Hull started well they were soon further disrupted when flanker Devonshire went off injured to be replaced by Maka.
With a man in the sin-bin, Otley's defence remained sound and Hull came away without the expected score.
After 60 minutes, yet another Hull attack from a good catch and drive saw Dan White dive over in the corner, but too far out for Cameron to convert.
It was then that Otley found the resources to get back into the game.
After 70 minutes, Otley touched down near the posts for a brilliant converted try.
As Hull started to bring on substitutes fresh legs took them down field and only good Otley defence kept them at bay.
Otley then mounted a final assault and, after being denied on the line, Hull's Doughty was yellow carded almost as he came on.
Otley took full advantage and plunged over a converted try with 80 minutes on the clock.
But with three minutes injury time left, Hull's 14 men held on to win.