MATCH REPORT | London Skolars v Hunslet

27th August 2019

BetFred League 1 – 23 August 2019

London Skolars 30 Hunslet 34

Skolars’ slim chances of reaching the play-offs were ended in dramatic fashion with Hunslet scoring from the last pass of the game, after Skolars had been in a good position to gain a win.

With the scores level, Skolars’ fourth drop-goal attempt was charged down by Callum Lancaster, who raced downfield, but was brought down inches from the line by Omari Caro. After two drives, the ball went back to Simon Brown, who was well placed to go for a drop-goal, but, as the defense raced to block him, he swung the ball to the right and Gareth Potts scored in the corner, after consultations between the referee and his touch judge.

The kick-off was delayed due to problems on the M1, but it was the visitors who made the early running. After Zach Braham had been held-up over the line, Hunslet forced before Nick Halafihi slipped past the defence. Jimmy Watson had to contend with the sun-setting brightly in the first half and he spilled a couple of high bombs, the first resulting in a try for Liam Scott for Skolars’ first try.

They took the lead two minutes later when Neil Thorman passed the ball out wide for Jerome Yates to touchdown in the corner, before Jordan Williams ran onto Jermaine Coleman’s kick for his ninth try of the season. Thorman’s conversion and a penalty three minutes later extended the lead, but Hunslet’s kick-off found touch and they moved the ball across to the right from the resulting scrum for Tom Ashton to touchdown.

Both sides were reduced to twelve after Judd Greenhalgh and Ryan Wright were sin-binned for throwing punches. Adam Robinson crashed his way over the tryline, Joe Sanderson’s conversion levelling the scores two minutes before half-time.

Hunslet regained the lead early in the second period. Skolars conceded a penalty for holding down after Callum Lancaster had made a break from a scrum. Back from the sin-bin, a short pass by Ryan Wright set up Mike Emmett’s try.

After a Hunslet break was pulled back for crossing, Skolars took advantage with Thorman’s pass to Williams finding the centre with space out on the left. After Matty Davies picked up a loose ball, he and Iliess Macani made good yards, before Richard Wilkinson went over on the right, with Mike Bishay picking up the kicking duties, adding a penalty five minutes later.

The South Leeds side fought back, first forcing a goal-line drop-out, then Simon Brown kicked to the left with Lancaster taking the ball and scoring in the corner, Brown adding the conversion to level the scores.

The last eight minutes saw Skolars looking for a drop-goal, but Hunslet were always alert and were quick to block each of the attempts. In contrast, even when they had a seven tackle set Hunslet couldn’t get close enough for a meaningful attempt for a one-pointer, until that dramatic final minute. Though a large Friday night crowd was entertained by a thrilling game, after losing their last two games by a single point, it was another frustrating defeat for Skolars.


  2 Iliess Macani

  5 Elliot Jennings

  3 Omari Caro

  4 Jordan Williams

  1 Jerome Yates

14 Richard Wilkinson

  6 Jermaine Coleman

10 Judd Greenhalgh

  9 Neil Thorman

13 Liam Scott 

12 Lamont Bryan

11 Rob Tuliatu

20 Matt Ross

Subs (all used)

15 Matt Davies

16 Jon Magrin

17 Mike Greenhalgh

  7 Mike Bishay

Tries: Scott (15), Yates (17),Williams (21,50), Wilkinson (58)

Goals: Thorman 3/5, Bishay 2/2

Sin-bin; J Greenhalgh (32) – fighting


  1 Jimmy Watson

  2 Gareth Potts

24 Reece Chapman-Smith

  3 Tom Ashton

26 Callum Lancaster

  6 Joe Sanderson

  7 Simon Brown

16 Zach Braham

20 Vila Halfihi

10 Adam Robinson

30 Charlie Martin

12 Duane Straugheir

17 Dan Hawksworth

Subs (all used)

14 Ryan Wright

13 Mike Emmett

15 Michael Haley

25 Lewis Heckford

Tries: Halafihi (10), Ashton (26), Robinson (38), Emmett (43), Lancaster (72), Potts (80)

Goals: Sanderson 4/4, Brown 1/2

Sin-bin: Wright (32) – fighting

Penalty count: 7-8

Half-time: 18-18

Referee: Matt Rossleigh

Attendance: 1,035

SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-6, 6-6, 10-6, 16-6, 18-6, 18-12, 18-18; 18-24, 22-24, 28-24, 30-24, 30-30, 30-34

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