Three young Hull FC players who took their Sheffield chance with strong showing

Matty Laidlaw in action for Hull FC.
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It's fair to say Davy Litten was the Hull FC young gun who impressed the most at Sheffield Eagles, so much so that he was in our top three players of the day. However, he wasn't the only one to stand tall in South Yorkshire.

The Black and Whites edged home on Sunday afternoon with a young side seeing the result through with a strong second half showing. Trailing 20-12 at the break, Hull won the second period 10-0, enough to take the result - although given new combinations and faces, it was about much more than that.

With youth a big feature at Hull FC at the minute and with Tony Smith challenging his young players to chase their senior counterparts, here Hull Live looks at three more who stood out in Sunday's game.

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Matty Laidlaw

It's no surprise that we're going with the youngsters who played the most minutes here. Davy Litten impressed because he was given forty minutes to do so with Matty Laidlaw also having a significant time and impact on the field.

Following on from his introduction to Super League last season, Laidlaw was fearless. He smashed into everything, taking carry after carry upon his introduction and providing little tip ons to fellow middles at the line. The 18-year-old also put himself about defensively, yet perhaps the biggest compliment is that he never looks out of place at senior level.

It's been some rise from the College to the first team at Hull FC for Laidlaw and it's showing no signs of slowing down.

Harvey Barron

The teenager played the full second half on the right wing and saw plenty of the ball during his time on the field. Barron was safe under the high bomb, returned with intent and looked busy.

It was a good account from the young winger, who will hope to get a taste against Super League opposition at Wakefield come the start of next month.

Will Gardiner

The prop forward had his fairytale story last season and is now ready to kick on in the first team this year. He took the first step to doing just that against Sheffield, driving forward and never taking a backwards step.

He also pushed the line and got on the end of a Brad Dwyer break. All in all it was a good experience and more vital minutes for the 21-year-old, who along with Laidlaw ensured Hull's grip in the second half of the game never went away.

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