06 September 2019 23:19

Krystal Rota of New Zealand Maori Ferns scores the match-winning try.

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No tries were scored on a rainy Friday night but there was still plenty of entertainment in a tight match which Bath ended up closing out 18-9. Hello and welcome along to today's LIVE Hull FC blog as the Black and Whites take on Leeds Rhinos at the KCOM Stadium. However, tonight FC will be looking to pick up their first win in seven at the KCOM Stadium, having lost every home game since June. Hull are able to welcome back Scott Taylor after serving a three-game ban for dangerous contact this evening, while Jamie Shaul makes a timely return to action in order to take the full-back reins back from Jake Connor, who is expected to be out for six weeks with a knee problem. Their visitors, Leeds, have struggled to get off the ground this season, winning just one of their opening five outings.

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We'll be reporting live from the KCOM Stadium to bring you all the team news, match updates and reaction as Hull take on Leeds. Krystal Rota has overcome personal heartache to steer the Maori Ferns to a narrow 8-4 win over the Indigenous women in their All-Stars clash. MATCH CENTRE: Indigenous All Stars Women v NZ Maori Ferns In the lead-up to the game, Rota received the news that her young daughter Nikayla had once again fallen ill and needed to be taken to hospital. Every game of every round of the NRL Telstra Premiership LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. Krystal Rota of New Zealand Maori Ferns scores the match-winning try.

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So it was only fitting that the Maori co-captain scored the matchwinning try to seal the game for her teammates in what was their first appearance in the All-Stars game. The Maori forward pack proved a handful all night for the youthful Indigenous side missing a host of stars, with the likes of prop Kararanina Wira-Kohu (100m) churning through the metres. The Maori Ferns headed into halftime leading 4-0, courtesy of a try to winger Tyler Birch, but shortly after the break, the Indigenous side came to life. The match looked as though it was headed for a draw when Rota darted over from dummy half five minutes from full-time. Kathleen Wharton of New Zealand Maori Ferns is tackled.

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MAORI FERNS 8 (K.Rota, T.Birch tries) beat INDIGENOUS 4 (Tungai try) at AAMI Park. Half-back Marc Sneyd scored 14 of Hull's 34 points Betfred Super League Hull FC (30) 34 Tries: Naulago, Matongo, Sneyd, Shaul, Kelly, Hadley Goals: Sneyd 5 Leeds Rhinos (10) 10 Tries: Newman, Briscoe Goals: Lolohea Hull FC blew away a struggling Leeds side with five first-half tries to set up a third straight Super League win. The Rhinos led 10-0 after teenager Harry Newman and former Hull wing Tom Briscoe crossed early on. But once Ratu Naulago got the home side started they tore through the visitors - adding 30 points in 17 minutes. It left the second half as little more than a formality as Leeds suffered a fifth defeat in six games under new head coach Dave Furner.

Things had started promisingly for Leeds when Newman - a starter because Carl Ablett was injured in the warm-up - scored his first Rhinos try and Briscoe quickly extended their lead. But the hosts burst into life when a fabulous pass from half-back Albert Kelly sent Naulago in to score on his home debut. Dean Hadley's try added further gloss in an uneventful second half. Hull FC head coach Lee Radford told BBC Radio Humberside: "There were some fantastic tries scored after a very poor start to the game. The NRL All Stars game is back in 2019 with a revamped format as the Indigenous All Stars take take on a New Zealand Maori side at AAMI Park in what is sure to be an explosive match to kick the pre-season into gear. The NRL All Stars concept was last used in 2017, when the Indigenous team took on a 'world' team, which was more or less a farce, with only one team having anything to play for or represent. This time around though, the Indigenous team have a worthy opponent in the New Zealand Maori, and it's going to be passionate and fierce from whistle to siren. Some of the best players in the game will be on display, and showing exactly how important the concept is, Latrell Mitchell has passed on a World Club Challenge trip to Wigan with the Roosters to play in this fixture. One of the best centres in the game, he will be joined in a super team by names like Cody Walker, James Roberts, Blake Ferguson, Andrew Fifita and Tyrone Peachey. On the other side of the park, the Maori will be led by Kalyn Ponga, with the Knights youngster lining up in the halves alongside another exciting youngster, Jahrome Hughes. They have an exciting forward pack and will look to dominate the game that way, led by Jesse Bromwich, James Tamou and Kevin Proctor. They have experience right throughout the pack, and it's where the game will be won and lost more than likely, with the Indigenous team having youngsters like Josh Kerr and David Fifita in the side. If the Maori can dominate there, then you'd think Ponga and Hughes will be able to do enough for the points to flow against a defence which will fatigue, given it's still pre-season and players aren't at peak fitness yet. If the Indigenous are to win, it's going to come down to the kicking games of Walker and Tyrone Roberts. The Maori have the better pack though, so I'll take them for the win. Be sure to join The Roar for live coverage of the 2019 NRL All Stars game from 8pm (AEDT) and don't forget to add a comment in the section below. Betting: Indigenous $1.80, Maori $2 Indigenous All Stars New Zealand Maori