Match Report – Skolars vs Hunslet

16th June 2021

BetFred League 1 – 12 June 2021

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With spectators at a game at New River Stadium for the first time since last March, Skolars put in a disappointing performance as they conceded twelve tries to a side they had been level with in the league before the game.

Skolars had enjoyed the early stages of the game with Lameck Juma making a strong run down the left before the side forced a goal-line drop-out. They then moved the ball quickly to the left again and Juma again burst through the defence, this time touching down with Neil Thorman converting

Hunslet had also had to contend with an injury to their full-back Jimmy Watson, who was carried off in the first minute of the match. However, from the kick-off one of many handling errors gave the visitors an attacking opportunity and Tom Ashton took advantage. He scored again two minutes later after one of many barnstorming runs from prop Zac Braham and when Alex Rowe set up David Gibbon’s try, Hunslet had scored three times without Skolars touching the ball.

They earned a penalty but it didn’t find touch and Hunslet soon increased their lead. Vila Halafihi scored two tries from dummy half, either side of a second try by Gibbons.

When a dropped ball by Skolars saw Simon Brown score just before the break, Hunslet were 6-36 ahead. They continued to dominate in the second half, with Sion Jones being their fourth player to score a brace of tries.

Skolars finally enjoyed a short period of attack. James Tyas’ break saw Oli Leyland put in a grubber kick, but it took a deflection off the post and he couldn’t regather the ball. From their next set in possession, Leyland set off a move to the left for Greg Johnson to score in the corner.

However, it wasn’t long before the South Leeds side were adding to their tally. Halafihi competed his hat-trick, Matty Chrimes also scoring. After Mike Greenhalgh received a yellow card for his part in a fight, Hunslet scored in the last minute through Rowe, with Gibbons adding his seventh conversion.

LONDON SKOLARS

1 Jacob Thomas

25 Dalton Grant

4 Kam Peace-Paul

3 Jonah Varela

5 Greg Johnson

6 Oli Leyland

7 Mike Bishay

8 Judd Greenhalgh

9 Neil Thorman

10 James Tyas

19 Paulos Latu

12 Lameck Juma

21 Mike Greenhalgh

Subs (all used)

9 Tom Firth

13 Christian Gale

8 Eddie Mbaraga

15 Malikhi Lloyd-Jones

Tries: Juma (6), Johnson (61)

Goals: Thorman 1/2

HUNSLET

1 Jimmy Watson

20 Niall Walker

5 Matty Chrimes

4 Tom Ashton

13 Alex Brown

6 Simon Brown

24 David Gibbons

27 Zac Braham

9 Vila Halafihi

15 Alex Rowe

11 Brad Hey

12 Duanne Straugheir

16 Michael Wood

Subs (all used)

14 Nathan Conroy

26 Sion Jones

21 Jo McClean

7 Lewis Wryay

Tries: Ashton (9,11), Gibbons (15.27), Halafihi (25,30,69), Brown (40), Jones (42,48), Chrimes (72), Rowe (80)

Goals: Brown 0/2, Gibbon 7/10

Penalty count: 4-7

Half-time: 6-36

Referee: Kevin Moore

SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 6-4, 6-6. 6-14, 6-20, 6-26. 6-32, 6-36; 6-42, 6-48, 1048, 10-52, 10-56 10-62


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