Hunslet Hawks 60 London Skolars 4

1st April 2014

Skolars suffered a heavy defeat at South Leeds Stadium as Hunslet racked up 11 tries to 1.

Jamaine Akaidere opened the scoring after breaking the defence on halfway. Skolars fought back with Mike Bishay launching a kick deep into the Hunslet half. The home side stopped Skolars from winning a 40-20 kick, but conceded a drop-out in doing so. Skolars were able to capitalise with Judd Greenhalgh scoring his first senior try after touching down in the corner.

Skolars defended well for a large part of the first half, even keeping on-loan England International Ryan Bailey at bay. However, James Houston and Lee Mapals both slipped through the defence to score. It was 14-4 as the half-time hooter sounded, but disaster struck as Skolars tried to keep the ball alive; losing possession with Mapals gratefully adding his second try.

Three tries in seven minutes after the interval sealed the game for the Hawks on a day when Leeds City Centre was obscured by fog throughout the afternoon. Skolars rarely had the ball in the half, Sam Wellings making a strong run from deep, but the Hunslet defence snuffed out that brief attack and with Stuart Kain adding two tries before Akaidere completed a hat-trick, Skolars are still looking for their first win of the season.

Two players made their first team debut for Skolars: Kazeem Fatouri (Skolars’ appearance number 297) and Anthony Cox (298).

1 Stuart Kain
5 Lee Mapals
2 Jimmy Watson
11 John Oakes
21 Jamaine Akaidere
13 Danny Grimshaw
20 Danny Ansell
10 James Houston
9 David March
29 Ryan Bailey
18 Brooke Broughton
12 Aaron Lyons
26 Liam Mackay

Subs (all used)
14 Matthew Tebb
16 Lewis Reed
15 Luke Stenchion
25 Matthew Cook

Tries: Akaidere (3,29), Houston (2), Mapals (29,40), Reed (47), Cook (50), Kain (62,74), Stenchion (68)
Goals: March 1/3, Ansell 7/8

1 Dennis Tuffour
5 John Paxton
4 Kazeem Fatouri
3 Mufaro Mvududu
22 Judd Greenhalgh
7 Matt Bradley
6 Coutney Davies
10 Dave Williams
15 Mike Bishay
21 Michael Sykes
12 Mike Worrincy
11 Patelisio Pelo
13 Oliver Purslow

Subs (all used)
8 Rob Thomas
9 Martyn Smith
14 Anthony Cox
20 Sam Wellings

Tries: Greenhalgh (8)
Goals: Bradley 0/1

Penalty count: 11-7
Half-time: 20-4

Referee: Andrew Sweet
Attendance: 389

SCORING SEQUENCE: 4-0, 4-4, 10-4, 14-4, 20-4, 26-4, 32-4, 38-4, 44-4, 50-4, 56-4, 60-4

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