Murphy so proud as Hull hit back to seal fine victory
HULL regained their pride with a spirited 15-13 win against fourth-placed Darlington Mowden Park following last Saturday's poor display at Huddersfield.
The platform was provided by their forwards who had the edge over the Darlington eight, forcing them to concede far too many penalties and allowing fly-half Greg Lound to give an impeccable display of goal-kicking, landing five goals from five attempts.
Director of rugby Chris Murphy was delighted with his side's achievement.
He said: "The players felt it was important after last week's disappointment that we could look each other in the eye and put in a display we could be proud of.
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"We know we let a lot of people down last week, people who have worked hard to get the club where we are now, and we had to get a result. This excellent win will give everyone a great boost."
In a forward-dominated first half, try-scoring chances were few and far between and after Lound and Tom Hodgson had exchanged penalties in the 14th and 19th minutes the sides went in with the score at 3-3.
The second period began in the same vein, with Murphy and Alex Campbell always in the thick of the exchanges, with Lound kicking further penalties in the 50th and 58th minutes.
Darlington hit back in the 65th minute when a break up the centre saw some good handling to allow Chris McTurk to squeeze in at the corner and, after consulting his touch-judge, referee Mark Liddell gave the try.
Further penalties from Lound in the 68th and 78th minutes put Hull 15-8 ahead.
As the game crept into the nine minutes of added time, Darlington suddenly found the form they are capable of.
A couple of try-scoring chances were denied by Hull's defence but in the final minute McTurk crossed in the corner and brought the ball round to within ten metres of the posts. Hodgson was unable to convert, leaving Hull winners.