MATCH REPORT | HUNSLET v LONDON SKOLARS

30th April 2019

Betfred League1 – 28 April 2019

Hunslet 24 London Skolars 42

Skolars made it three wins on the trot after travelling to South Leeds and beating a Hunslet side that was top of the league before the game.

Hunslet took advantage of an early penalty, swinging the ball to the left before a delayed pass by Danny Nicklas opened the defence for Josh Tonks to score on the left. After Skolars conceded another penalty, it took a strong tackle by Lameck Juma to stop Gareth Potts on the other wing.

Skolars’ first try also came after Hunslet conceded a penalty, with Richard Wilkinson racing onto Joe Brown’s pass. They took the lead five minutes late. Starting a set on halfway after a Hunslet kick had ricocheted off Neil Thorman, Skolars’ kick on the sixth tackle also took a deflection and James Barran was alert to the opportunity to pick up the ball to score.

They then had to withstand a long period of attack by Hunslet. Alan Robinson lost the ball just before the tryline, Tom Ashton was held up over the line and Lamont Bryan managed to bundle up Reece Dean before he could pass the ball out on the sixth tackle. However, the home side levelled the scores with a break by Ben Heaton being continued by Potts before he passed back to Heaton, with Dean converting.

The visitors took the lead again when Wilkinson made a break before kicking for Joe Brown to touchdown. With Mike Bishay off for head impact assessment and James Barran off injured, Skolars had to regroup and it wasn’t surprising when Hunslet were able to score again when a Tonks break was finished by Jimmy Watso. Dean missed the conversion from the touchline, but Skolars had to defend again when they kicked out on the ful. They held out to go in 16-18 up at half-time.

Skolars started the second half with some strong running from the forwards before a high kick from Wilkinson was palmed back by Rob Tuilatu for Thorman to score before adding his fourth conversion. He kicked a penalty goal five minutes later. They went further ahead two minutes later when Craig Mullen passed the ball over the heads of the defence for Brown to score his second try of the afternoon. Iliess Macani went over on the right wing after Tuliatu had made a break with Neil Thorman kicking his seventh goal of the afternoon. 

Another Skolars’ break, this time by Lamont Bryan saw Mullen again get the ball out wide, this time to Lameck Juma. Hunslet finally stopped the onslaught when Marcus Webb touched-down after some loose passes saw Skolars’ defence slip for the first time in the second half. Hunslet scored a late try when Robinson forced his way over, but Skolars were still comfortably ahead and were soon able to celebrate a memorable win.

Skolars have a break next weekend, before taking on North Wales Crusaders at New River on 11 May.

HUNSLET

 1 Jimmy Watson

 2 Gareth Potts

 3 Tom Ashton

 4 Ben Heaton

25 Marcus Webb

21 Reece Dean

22 Danny Nicklas

25 Jon Luke Kirby

 9 Jack Lee

10 Alan Robinson

11 Josh Tonks

23 Nathan Chappell

13 Mike Emmett

Subs (all used)

14 Ryan Wright

15 Michael Haley

16 Zach Braham

20 Vila Halfihi

Tries: Tonks (4) Heaton (21), Watson (38), Webb (68), Robinson (71)

Goals: Dean 2/2, Nicklas 0/1, Chappell 1/1

LONDON SKOLARS

  1 Joe Brown

 2 Iliess Macani

  3 Craig Mullen

 4 Jacob Ogden

  5 Lameck Juma

 6 James Barran

14 Richard Wilkinson

13 Liam Scott

 9 Neil Thorman

10 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

11 Jordan Williams

12 Rinaldo Palumbo

 7 Mike Bishay

Subs (all used)

20 Lamont Bryan

16 Jon Magrin

17 Robert Tuliatu

  4 Omari Caro 

Tries: Wilkinson (10), Barran (15), Brown (25,48), Thorman (41), Macani (54), Juma (64)

Goals: Thorman 7/8

Penalty count: 12-5

Half-time: 16-18

Referee: Aaron Smith

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-6, 6-12, 12-12, 12-18, 16-18, 16-24, 16-26, 16-32, 16-38, 16-42, 20-42, 26-42


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