Some will have been thinking about leaving Craven Park early, most were stunned into silence as the Hull KR fans cheered in delight after seeing Josh Mantellato kick a penalty to put the home side 20-0 up in the first derby of the season.

What followed in the next 20 minutes, though, would define the season.

The Black and Whites had been up and down at the start of the 2016 Super League season with three wins and three defeats under their belt prior to their trip to their cross-city rivals.

But, as the two teams lined up to go to war in the 227th edition of the derby, the fans occupying the ground’s South Stand terrace, were more than confident of leaving east Hull with the points and the bragging rights.

For large periods of the game, though, the result looked beyond Lee Radford’s side.

In the Easter sunshine, Rovers were simply too strong for FC and they opened the scoring as Ryan Shaw tip-toed down the line and dived over. Ken Sio got over 15 minutes later and just 10 minutes after the interval at Craven Park, Rovers fans were jubilant as Iain Thornley touched down.

KR were cruising to victory and FC were left trailing behind. But that changed in the 59th minute as out of nowhere Jamie Shaul burst clear and secured Hull’s first points of the game. Cue the comeback of all comebacks that would go on to help produce one of the finest season’s in the club’s recent history.

CLASSIC CELEBRATION: Hull FC stars Scott Taylor and Danny Houghton back in 2016 after beating Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park.
CLASSIC CELEBRATION: Hull FC stars Scott Taylor and Danny Houghton back in 2016 after beating Hull KR at KCOM Craven Park.

Danny Houghton touched down under the posts before Mahe Fonua powered through a gap in the line with less than 10 minutes remaining on the clock. And the points were sealed as Steve Michaels skipped past the covering defender to touch down in the corner.

The Black and Whites went on to win 13 of their next 14 games in all competitions as confidence soared and it could all be traced back to that moment in the sun at Craven Park.

But in August they found themselves in a similar situation as they trailed 10-0 on another gloriously sunny day, this time at Wembley.

The fans inside the national stadium were down but they weren’t out and neither were the players as they cast their minds back to Easter.

“I think that game was one of the reasons we went on and won the Cup because of the resilience we showed. We referred back to that game in play against Warrington,” Scott Taylor told Hull Live.

Mahe Fonua scores Hull's first try. Hull FC 12 v.Warrington Woves 10 - Ladbrokes Challenge Cup Final at Wembley - 27th August 2016

“When we were getting beat 10-0 in the final, people were referring to that game ‘saying it’s just ten points lads, we’ve been here before and pulled back from 20 only a month or two ago. We’ve here and we’ll play for 80 minutes.’ That game inspired us at Wembley.”

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Of course, the rest is history, but Gareth Ellis points out that the resilience shown at Craven Park was replicated throughout the entire season, not just at Wembley.

The derby win was the first time FC came from behind to win that season and they certainly went on to make a habit of it throughout the remainder of the year.

“The final had drama, I think Warrington were the best team for 60 minutes, but the mind set of that team, we never let the scoreboard get away from us,” Ellis said.

“I counted the other day, I think there was 16 occasions when we came from behind in 2016 and that’s probably a trait we could do with now.”