22nd March 2023

BetFred League 1  – 18th March 2023

London Skolars 22 Hunslet 66


Skolars fell to a heavy defeat for the third time in the league, though they did stage something of a recovery in the second half. By that time the game was out of reach.


They kept being put on the backfoot by Hunslet’s strong pack, Harvey Hallas’ offload creating space for Josh Jordan-Roberts to score. Alex Deery tried to take a high kick from Hunslet, but couldn’t keep control and lost possession, giving the visitors good field position. They shifted the ball quickly to the right for Adam Ryder to touchdown.


Missed tackles then saw Michael Knowles stroll over and then a break and dummy by Nathan Conroy opened up the defence for Sam Hallas to score. When they created a two man overlap for Ryder to go over two minutes later, the Soyth Leeds side were scoring at over a point a minute. Joe Mbu rang the changes in the forwards, Christian Gale in particular giving the home side some well needed momentum. Skolars had a good chance after the first penalty of the game ten metres from the tryline, but an incorrect play-the-ball on the second tackle stopped that momentum.


The scoring continued for the visitors after Sam Hallas and Jimmy Watson created space for Ryder to complete a first-half hat-trick. Skolars forced a goal-line dropout at the other end with Aaron Small forcing his way over. Hunslet won their first penalty deep in their own half with a minute remaining. They won another penalty after Jack Render was dragged into touch outside the 30 metre line as the hooter sounded. They elected to tap the ball and after moving the ball to the left, another Skolars infringement saw Luke Sweeting kick for goal.


A fourth penalty in a minute came from the second half kick-off by Hunslet. Luciano Bejanidze somehow managed to offload after taking a high kick to the right and Gale was on hand to finish off. A high kick by Jack Ryan forced a drop-out but normal service was resumed as the starting front returned for Hunslet, Steve Crossley scoring soon afterwards after two quickfire penalties. Nathan Conroy sped from halfway to score, Ryder adding his fourth try after taking a high kick to run up the half-century.


The Londoners then enjoyed their best spell of the game. Doug Chirnside was held-up over the tryline before Louis O’Sullivan was the first to dive on to a Jacob Thomas kick, Dan Bristow being inches behind as they both raced to the ball. O’Sullivan added a second from a Liam O’Callaghan drubber five minutes later.


Crossley’s strong words to his side behind the posts at that stage saw Hunslet dominate the closing stages. Jamie Greenwood scored out wide on the left before a Joe Burton break a pass go to ground, which Sweeting picked up to go in under the posts. They again scored after the hooter with Jack Render rounding the defence for Sweeting to add his ninth goal of the afternoon.



1 Jacob Thomas

2 Louis O’Sullivan

3 Dan Bristow

4 Aaron Small

5 Jerome Yates

6 Alex Deery

7 Jack Ryan

8 Lamont Bryan

10 Todd Peut

11 Luciano Bejanidze

12 Jimmy Morgan

18 Liam O’Callaghan


Subs (all used)

14 Shane Lee

22 Anthony Cox

15 Malakhi Lloyd-Jones

19 Christian Gale


Tries: Small (37), Gale (42), O’Sullivan (66.71)

Goals: Ryan 3/4



1 Jimmy Watson

2 Jack Render

3 Adam Ryder

4 Joe Burton

36 Alfie Goddard

6 Jake Sweeting

7 Nathan Conroy

8 Harvey Hallas

9 Sam Halls

10 Steve Crossley

11 Josh Jordan-Roberts

16 Jordan Syme

13 Michael Knowles


Subs (all used)

23 Jamie Greenwood

12 Aaron York

22 Liam Carr

26 Jordan Bull


Tries: Jordan-Roberts (4), Ryder (10,22,30,59), Knowles (14), S Hallas (18), Crossley (49), Conroy (56), Greenwood (75), Sweeting (78), Render (80)

Goals; Sweeting 9/12


Penalty count: 4-5


Half-time: 6-34

Referee: Luke Bland

Att: 186


SCORING SEQUENCE: 0-4, 0-10. 0-14, 0-20, 0-26, 0-32. 6-32, 6-34; 6-30, 6-34; 12-34, 12-40, 12-46, 12-50, 16-50, 22-50, 22-43, 22-60, 22-66

By Andrew Jackson

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