Hull FC survived a second half fightback to beat York City Knights in the first game played at the LNER Community Stadium.
It was the Black and Whites who scored the first try at the new ground, as Adam Swift did well to keep hold of the ball and score. Marc Sneyd scored the conversion.
There were just seven minutes on the clock, when Hull got their second try. Mahe Fonua picked the ball up out wide and charged his way over. Sneyd was again on target with the conversion.
Just before the half hour, York were able to half the deficit with their first try at the new stadium, and it was Riley Dean, making his first appearance after signing on loan from Warrington Wolves, who got the try. Kieran Dixon converted.
They were not back in it for long, as just three minutes later, Hull got their 12-point lead back as Carlos Tuimavave took in an offload from Josh Reynolds to score. Sneyd was off target with the conversion attempt.
There was time for one more Hull try before the break, as Manu Ma’u powered over to add a fourth for the Black and Whites. Sneyd was back on target with the conversion, which meant a 22-6 scoreline at half time.
Both sides made changes at half-time, but it was Hull who got the next try, to all but put the game out of site for the Championship side. Chris Satae picked up the ball and powered over under the posts. Ben McNamara scored the conversion.
But came York. Five minutes later, they got their second try as Ben Jones-Bishop got past a couple to score his first try in York colours. Dixon converted.
York had the momentum, and grabbed a second try in three minutes to really get the belief going in the camp. Liam Salter picked up after Hull didnt deal with a high ball to score. Dixon was off target this time, meaning they trailed by 12 points.
The Knights really made it interesting with nine minutes to go, as they grabbed another try. Tyme Dow-Nikau also marked his first York appearance with a try. Brendan O’Hagan converted to leave them within six points.
However, they could not find that final try.
York will be hoping for a better performance when they travel to Doncaster to face Sheffield Eagles in the Challenge Cup next Friday.
As for Hull, they now have a week off before preparing for their first Super League clash against Huddersfield Giants at Headingley.
York City Knights: Matty Marsh, Ben Jones-Bishop, Jason Bass, Ryan Atkins, Kieran Dixon, Brendan O’Hagan, Riley Dean, Ronan Dixon, Will Jubb, Jack Teanby, Sam Scott, Danny Kirmond, Jordan Baldwinson.
Subs: Liam Salter, Kriss Brining, Marcus Stock, James Green, Tim Spears, Joe Porter, Perry Whiteley, Dan Barcoe, AJ Towse, Myles Harrison, Danny Washbrook, Tyme Dow-Nikau.
Hull FC: Jake Connor, Adam Swift, Carlos Tuimavave, Josh Griffin, Mahe Fonua, Josh Reynolds, Marc Sneyd, Ligi Sao, Danny Houghton, Chris Satae, Andre Savelio, Manu Ma’u, Jordan Lane.
Subs: Bureta Faraimo, Joe Cator, Brad Fash, Ben McNamara, Jack Brown, Josh Bowden, Connor Wynne, Cameron Scott, Jude Ferreira, Jacob Hookem, Miteli Vulikijapani.