7th February 2011
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CARNEGIE CHALLENGE CUP WARRIORS TAKE JUDES SCALP
HUNSLET WARRIORS WIGAN ST JUDES
PAM CROSBY from Hunslet Green
HUNSLET took the impressive scalp of Wigan St Judes to book their place in the third round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup.
The Hattons Solicitors National Conference League Second Division leaders
accounted for their Premier
Division opponents in fine style, three tries in a devastating spell either side of the break giving the south Leeds outfit a lead which they duly preserved. Fullback Gary McClelland was in outstanding form in attack and in defence, and it was just as well as the Warriors were subjected to a severe examination by a Judes side that, inspired by Dean Hunt, was equally desperate to book a date with a professional outfit. The visitors started strongly, and it was scrumhalf Hunt who stepped through a number of defenders for a 10th minute try, building on impressive work by the likes of Danny Clayton, Craig Bithell and Martin Riley. But the Warriors drew level on 20 minutes, stand-off Darren Robinson spotting a gap to grab a touchdown that went unconverted.
CARNEGIE CHALLENGE CUP ROUND UP
by Trevor Hunt & Phil Hodgson
LEIGH EAST ........................16 THATTO HEATH CRUSADERS ....18 THATTO HEATH won the battle of the top two sides in the Hattons Solicitors National Conference League.
WARRIORS 1 Gary McClelland 2 Aaron Miles
3 Mark Cunningham 4 Mick Lyons
5 Jamie Fieldhouse 6 Darren Robinson 7 Jim Baker 8 Paul Sebine 9 Aaron Pratt 10 Jonny Dawson 11 Ollie Graham 12 Ryan Angus 13 Mark Holmes Subs
14 Richard Whitehouse
15 Amir Benatmane 16 Jason Milner 17 Karl Featherstone
Tries: Robinson (20), Angus (27), Holmes (37, 45)
Goals: McClelland 3
Rugby Leaguer & League Express Men of the Match Warriors:Gary McClelland; Judes: Dean Hunt Half-time: 16-4; Referee: A Gill
added the extras.
Steve King scythed through for a third Judes try, and Thomas goaled, it was ‘all on’. But the clock was on the Warriors’ side, and they held on for a famous victory.
Hunslet Warriors on the charge
It was nip and tuck at this stage but, seven minutes later, home second row- man Ryan Angus powered in for a McClelland-goaled effort to establish a home lead that was never to be relinquished. Within 10 minutes the home side had
Paul Brocklebank added the goal points. The strong running of Gary Elliott and
Eastopened the stronger, with winger Gavin Hunter flying in at the corner for a second minute try to which Adam Holland added the extras, and when prop Steve Ormesher claimed a second Leigh touchdown on 20 minutes, it looked like it may be the home side’s day.
Warren Stainton had the Hornets defence under pressure, and on 66 minutes Dean Laverick threw an outrageous dummy to score next to the posts. Brocklebank’s conversion got Egremont into the lead and Rangers never looked back - although it needed a Mahovic try on 76 minutes to really quell the Hornets fire, a Brocklebank conversion and his last-minute penalty ensuring that the good times are back at Gillfoot Park.
But with hooker Kieron Maddocks posing problems, it was Thatto who got the score they needed on 32 minutes when centre Dave Hull stormed in for a Quinn goaled try that cut the half-time deficit to 10-6. Both sides were going at it hammer and tongs on the resumption until, on 63 minutes, the powerful running of the Thatto pack at last created a breakthrough as the ball was whipped wide and Hull put in winger Adam Walsh. Quinn added a superb goal to snatch the lead.
NCL champions East immediately launched a counter attack, hooker Mark Ballard finding a gap for a lead-grabbing try that Holland again improved. Darren Woods was to the fore as he
scorched in for a levelling effort with nine minutes left remaining.
The pressure was on Quinn to add the extras, but he coolly did just that. And the Thatto defence subsequently kept the East scoring machine at bay to register a cracking victory.
EGREMONT RANGERS............22 WATH BROW HORNETS ..........10 THE glory days returned to Egremont as they ended the Cup aspirations of renowned Challenge Cup fighters Wath Brow Hornets in a tough-tackling Cumbrian derby. The contest appeared destined to go the way of the division placings as NCL Premiers Hornets took a 10-0 lead into half- time. But the battling Division Two outfit came storming back in the second period, preventing Wath Brow from crossing the whitewash again, to post a stunning victory. Centre Karl Dixon forced his way over for the visitors in the 28th minute and Carl Rudd added the conversion, and with second row Dave Pettit a constant threat it was looking good for the visitors. It looked even better three minutes later when scrum-half Andrew Hocking stepped through for a second Hornets try. But, sparked by centre Blake Mahovic, Egremont bagged a Leon Crellin try just four minutes into the second half and John
CASTLEFORD LOCK LANE........18 STANLEY RANGERS ..............16 LOCK LANE showed scant regard for present reputations when edging out higher-placed Rangers.
A committed second-half performance saw them claw their way back from 16-0 down to snatch the lead, and although Stanley had a couple of late chances, the excellent fielding of the ball by hooker Steve Balderson saved the day as the opposition pounded forward.
crossed again, loose forward Mark Holmes cutting through for a score again improved by McClelland to help forge a 16-4 interval lead.
St Judes needed a strong start to the second half but it wasn’t to be; Holmes getting the first try of the second period
Bradbury landed the first of his two- pointers in the second minute, and added his second some 15 minutes later. Pats were first on the try sheet, though,
when Tony Suffolk placed a neat kick which was touched down by Ian Schofield - too far out for him to goal.
continuously pouring rain, and a third Bradbury penalty gave Leigh a 6-4 interval lead as both sets of packs slugged it out. Within three minutes of the restart, the Miners had increased their lead when second row Ross Bradley scooped up a loose ball and raced 50 metres to the line, Bradbury inevitably goaling.
Dropped balls were predictable in the
gave Miners winger Linford Weatherby a similar chance, but his 70-metre run was foiled at the last by a try saving tackle from Anthony Hughes.
A few minutes later a misdirected pass
Stanley had Danny Sampson, Gareth Whitehead and Danny Grice in exceptional form after they had taken a first minute lead through a try for winger Joel Martin. On 19 minutes, Sampson stepped his way through a bemused defence for a second try. Grice added the extras, and it was looked as though the Hattons Solicitors National Conference League Division One promotion challengers would be marching on; especially when Whitehead claimed a third try and Grice added the goal points. Even when fullback Mike Tomlinson joined the line to cross for a Liam Booth- goaled effort, it didn’t look too onerous for Stanley, who were 16-6 ahead at lemons- time.
But it was Lock Lane who came out firing at the start of the second half, with substitute Craig Jeffels, Mark Spears and Liam Booth leading the way. A 45th minute try from prop Craig Jones set the ball rolling, and although it took until the hour mark for the next score, the Lane were very much in the game.
corner, and Wayne Hardy converted superbly to restore parity. It was all to play for now, and when an opportunity came on 67 minutes to go for two points, Hardy slotted over the penalty that proved to be the deciding score.
Winger Craig Duncan shot in at the
WIGAN ST PATRICKS ............16 LEIGH MINERS RANGERS........18 THE boot of Tom Bradbury ultimately proved to be seminal as Leigh Miners Rangers again edged out their arch rivals. Centre Bradbury landed five goals to have a crucial impact in a game in which Pats outscored the visitors by three tries to
In the 49th minute, another spilled pass was seized upon by the Miners’ Scott O’Brien, and he broke clear to score with Bradbury goaling.
Pats had it all to do, but with Andy Marsh going strong they hit back on 57 minutes when Brett Whitehead made the most of a spilled Ryan Baxter kick to score an Ian Schofield-goaled try.
That led to a thrilling, tense finish - but the Miners held out to go through.
some five minutes after the resumption; and with that man McClelland once again adding the extras, the hurdle was too big for Wigan to overcome. Nevertheless, the Saints gave it their best shot, and on 50 minutes Hunt went in for his second try and Gareth Thomas
followed by Snowden’s third. Smirk took over the goal kicking, as well as notching two more tries of his own for his hat-trick, before Moore completed his tally with the final two touchdowns of a 12-try haul. East Leeds battling efforts were finally rewarded in the very last minute when prop Joey Walkin forced his way over to prevent the whitewash.
LEEDS MET UNIVERSITY ........44 HULL UNIVERSITY ................14 LEEDS MET coach Paul Fletcher is not given to waxing lyrical over players, having seen some of the world’s finest during his playing career at Leeds, in the 1970s, and Bramley. Fletch, however,
promise of new Met acquisition Jimmy Keinhorst, a winger of German descent. Keinhorst raced over for a hat-trick as the Met recovered from an early try by Hull stand-off Sam Swire to win 44-14. John Paxton bagged a brace, and Nigel Scott scored two tries and six goals. Owen Griffiths also crossed the whitewash, while Hull showed their commitment by registering the last two tries of the game, through centres Aaron Wilcock and Kev Brunney, one of which Swire improved.
is enthused by the
With 11 minutes remaining, Dean Hatton went in for a solo score for the home side and Dan Birkett’s goal closed the gap to two points.
EAST LEEDS ........................4 HULL DOCKERS....................64 HULL DOCKERS scored within eight seconds of the kick-off, and never looked back as they swept away the challenge of East Leeds.
A penalty count of 17-5 proved to be too much for the RAF to overcome in a closely contested tie with the ARMY.
It was a power packed display from the Hattons Solicitors National Conference League Premier Division outfit, forward Matty Embleton ripping great holes in the home defence to help substitute forward Gareth Moore notch four tries, winger Jack Snowden and scrum half Carl Smirk each grabbing hat tricks.
East Leeds forced three goal-line drop outs from the Dockers before Snowden struck again on 15 minutes, and that signalled an onslaught as loose forward Andy Kay, Moore, Smirk and centre Jason Bowsley went in
Stephenson added a conversion for a 30-0 interval lead.
for further tries and
A determined Leeds effort denied the Dockers until the 56th minute, when Moore crashed over for his second, and that was
Snowden scored first, being the beneficiary of a Leeds mistake at the kick off to romp in for a Chris Stephenson-goaled try.
The extra defensive work created by repeated sanctions inevitably led to fatigue in the closing quarter against opponents who had been expected to last the pace better in any event. The RAF, who were 16-14 ahead on the hour mark after a seesaw 60 minutes, found themselves on level terms when Stu Butters landed a penalty for the home side. The Army went in front with nine minutes left, with a touchdown for Colin Marangon, which Butters converted. Danny Hunter stretched the lead to an important seven points with a field goal a couple of minutes later, and there was no way back for the RAF when Eppy Naulamatua grabbed his second try as the final whistle beckoned. Marcus Turaga had crossed for the Army
early in each half, while Butters converted Naulamatua’s opening effort. Tom Perrin bagged a brace for the RAF, Chris Gordon popped over, and Martin Wood kicked two goals.
GAMESTAR: Warriors fullback Gary McClelland, with some magnificent defence and three vital goals.
GAMEBREAKER: The two Mark Holmes tries either side of half- time gave Hunslet a lead they were able to defend when Judes mounted a strong rally.
bouncing back from a Kevin Neighbour try and a Chris Parker conversion to lead 8-6 at the interval with touchdowns for Simon Perry and Hamish Locke, neither of which was improved by Tom Carter.
The sides were level at 18-18 with seven minutes remaining, Mark Wilson and Perry crossing for the home side and Nathan Walmsley landing a conversion; Sam Rothery
countered for Northumbria, Parker adding a goal.
and Connor Sheridan had
But Neighbour broke home hearts with a field goal moments after Perry’s score. And a Parker try and goal in the dying seconds sealed a narrow win. A try four minutes from time by Mike Stout, plus Nick Owen’s second conversion of the contest, helped WARRINGTON WIZARDS seal a tense 28-20 victory yesterday over the ROYAL NAVY
Wilderspool, where the Challenge Cup was on display.
The Navy had been only a couple of points adrift throughout the final quarter, the visitors having pulled back a 22-10 deficit with tries by Tom Wilkinson and Kevin Botwood, with Dane Smallbrooke landing his second goal. Dave Yii, Matt Taylor, Paul Alcock and Graham Healey had notched the Wizards’ earlier tries, two of which Warren Ayres improved. The Navy’s first-half touchdowns went to Wilkinson and Ritchie Metcalfe.
* Rugby League bosses will adjudicate on the date and venue of the tie between Kells and Bradford Dudley Hill, which was postponed again on Saturday – on this occasion because of a waterlogged pitch. Meanwhile, the draw for the third round, involving Co-operative Championship teams, will take place on Tuesday 15 February, at a time and venue to be announced.
Saturday 5 February 2011 ROUND ONE: York Acorn 24 Milford Marlins 35.
JUDES 1 Barry Rothwell 2 Nathan Jones 3 Gavin Corfield 4 Steve King 5 Gareth Thomas 6 Tommy Parkinson 7 David Hunt 8 Keith Howells 9 Danny Clayton 10 Steve Pownall 11 Martyn Riley 12 Tom Owen 13 Craig Bithell Subs
14 Mark Whittaker 15 Dave Picton 16 Dave Myerscough 17 Glen Hunt
Tries: D Hunt (10, 50), King (70)
Goals: Thomas 2
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY, despite the dismissal of Sam Scott in the 11th minute for allegedly leading with the elbow - and the sin-binning of Aiden Pritchard midway through the first half - pushed NORTHUMBRIA UNIVERSITY all the way before losing 25-18.
Loughborough made light of their disadvantage in the opening period,
ROUND TWO POOL A: East Leeds 4 Hull Dockers 64; Castleford Lock Lane 18 Stanley Rangers 16; Wigan St Patricks 16 Leigh Miners Rangers 18; Hunslet Warriors 22 Wigan St Judes 16; Kells v Bradford Dudley Hill -pp; Rochdale Mayfield v Siddal -pp; East Hull 31 Myton Warriors 22; Egremont Rangers 22 Wath Brow Hornets 10; Leigh East 16 Thatto Heath Crusaders 18. POOL B: British Army 27 RAF 16; Leeds Met 44 Edge Hill University 14; Loughborough University 18 Northumbria University 25. Sunday 6 February 2011 ROUND TWO POOL B:Warrington Wizards 28 Royal Navy 20 (at Wilderspool).
New dates for postponed ties to be confirmed by the Rugby Football League.
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