Easter is fast approaching and I’m as gutted as the rest of you that we won’t be travelling to Craven Park to take on Hull KR this Good Friday.
However, I thought I’d share with you my top five derby experiences.
5. March 30, 2018 - Hull KR 22-30 Hull FC
I’ll remember this one for a really long time because we played almost the full game with 12 men but fortunately we managed to pull together and get a massive win.
Ahead of the game, I remember feeling really confident and thinking if we start well we could put a score on them. But then Bureta Faraimo got sent off early on and we knew it would be a fight of a game.
We knew we could get a good win and I remember we all has to dig really deep.
After the game Bureta was obviously apologetic but we got the win for him. It was a big win that one and a memorable one.
4. May 20, 2018 – Hull KR 22-34 Hull FC
The week before this one we took on Featherstone in the Cup, I didn’t play because I was in a lot of pain with my shoulder and then we lost Carlos Tuimavave, Fetuli Talanoa and Josh Bowden to bad injuries.
We were battered so Cam Scott made his debut, Kirk Yeaman had to come out of retirement and my shoulder was really busted. I reckon that’s the worst injury I’ve played through in my career but we had no players, there was no way I wasn’t getting jabbed up and playing.
The full game I was in bits but we managed to get the win. I remember chasing that kick from Jake and seeing it bounce off the crossbar into my hands. As soon as I’d scored that try, I knew I’d made the right call to play. I was absolutely buzzing.
Against all that adversity that one always sticks in my mind as a really good win.
3. January 24, 2016 - Hull FC 60-20 Hull KR
Even though this was only a friendly, this day saw me realise my lifelong dream of playing in a derby for Hull FC.
It was a proud moment, it was my first game in a black and white shirt too, I had all my family there and it was two full strength teams going at it.
We absolutely took them apart, I remember after the game feeling like we were the real deal and that gave us the knowledge that with the squad we had we could do something that season. This one always stands out as one of those key moments in my career.
2. April 19, 2019 – Hull FC 56-12 Hull KR
We’d been beaten by them in the last play of the game at Craven Park on the open day of the season and that left a bitter taste in my mouth, it was one of the lowest defeats I’ve ever had.
After we lost that game I was counting the days down until we could play them again on Good Friday.
We didn’t play very well in the first half but we took them to town in the second half, putting 50 on them and to see the performances of some of the lads and the buss around the stadium, there was nothing like it.
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1. March 25, 2016 – Hull KR 20-22 Hull FC
It was never in doubt! This was one of the best wins I’ve had in my career and it was my first competitive derby in a Hull shirt.
We’d had an up and down start to the season and everything went their way in the first half and we were 20-0 down.
But to show the resilience we did in the second half set us up for what we did in the remainder of that season. I don’t think that will be done in a derby at Craven Park again.
I was going through a bit in my personal life as well that season so to be part of that team and the buzz around the win, it was the big kick on I needed personally, as well as what we needed as a team.