Hull FC easily defeated Super League rivals Castleford Tigers 26-6 in Kirk Yeaman's testimonial
Last Updated: 13/01/13 10:03pm
Gareth Ellis was impressive at the KC Stadium
Hull centre Kirk Yeaman celebrated his new two-year contract by helping his side to a 26-6 win over Castleford in his testimonial match at the KC Stadium.
The 29-year-old former Great Britain international, who has scored 145 tries in 173 appearances for the Black and Whites, signed his new deal, which takes him to the end of 2015, before the pre-season visit of their Yorkshire Super League rivals
The Black and Whites ran in five tries in a confident start to 2013 with close season signings Gareth Ellis, Daniel Holdsworth, Shannon McDonnell, Ben Galea, Joe Arundel and Jason Crookes all making their debuts for the club in the second half.
It came after an impressive showing from the club's youngsters in the opening 40 minutes, as an inexperienced FC side more than matched a near full-strength Tigers outfit to take a 10-6 lead into the break courtesy of tries from Ben Crooks and Josh Bowden.
And with the club's senior stars taking to the field in the second half, the Black and Whites added further tries from Aaron Heremaia, Joe Westerman and Shannon McDonnell in the club's first pre-season friendly, Castleford's points coming from a Jake Webster's try and Kirk Dixon's conversion.
An experimental Hull starting line-up led 10-6 at the break after tries from Ben Crooks and Josh Bowden, Crooks adding one goal.
Coach Peter Gentle introduced his big guns in 12 changes after the interval and half backs Daniel Holdsworth and Aaron Heremaia were able to pull the strings as the home team ran in three further tries.
Heremaia waltzed through a gap in the Castleford defence to touch down five minutes after the restart, before the former New Zealand international turned provider as he put an on-rushing Joe Westerman over underneath the posts.
A Holdsworth conversion took the scores to 20-6 before Castleford enjoyed a spell of pressure on the Hull line as they sought a way back into the game against a resolute Black and Whites defence.
But it was the Airlie Birds who wrapped up the game and their try tally five minutes before full-time with marquee winter signing Ellis to the fore.
England international Ellis won the penalty to establish the field position for Holdsworth, Shannon McDonnell and Yeaman to combine to release Tom Briscoe.
Dixon passed inside to the supporting McDonnell, who sent the former Hull KR full back under the posts for a well-deserved try.
Ex-Salford stand-off Holdsworth slotted his second conversion to round off the scoring in an impressive pre-season display.