Hunslet RLFC v Whitehaven RLFC

15/02/2012 - 7:30 pm
South Leeds Stadium


Well here we are again the real start to the campaign with the Northern Rail Cup a competition where last season we progressed through the group stage but unfortunately went out in the knock out rounds to a strong Featherstone side. I’m sure Barry Eaton will want to take his squad as far as possible in this years competition. Tonight see’s another stage in Hunslet’s long and proud history with HIST taking full charge of the club I’m sure all supporters not only Hunslet but rugby league in general wish HIST and Hunslet all the best in this new era.

Tonight’s game got underway and just 6 minutes in fresh from illness’s David March was up to his old tricks setting up Josh Nathaniel perfectly to dance over the line and score, Danny Rat hastily added two at 6-0 up and the Hawks looked in good form. But Whitehaven bit back an unorganised Hawks defence meant the ball was allowed to travel freely  across the park and eventually reached Chris Fleming who pushed himself in at the corner for Whitehavens first this was duly converted and the score was level.The Northern Rail Cup is always very competitive allowing Championship and Championship 1 sides to show off their talents.Both sides were in it to win it but it was the Hawks who kept up the fast pace winger Lee Brickwood broke away and only just got caught short of the line, Marchy scooped it up from half back threw a convincing dummy and then dived over the line himself to score; definitely a reward for his excellent work this half. Conversion added 12-6 was the score with 10 minutes left to go.The Hawks did not stop there Dennis Tuffour intercepted a ball and sprinted down his wing, realising he was about to get caught offloaded to Danny Rat who grounded it under the sticks.Danny was looking in fine form with the boot his conversion rate standing at 100% after the 3rd try. A well disciplined defence made sure Whitehaven completed their sets in their own half which ensured that the Hawks would go in at the break on top.At 18-6 the home side could be confident but would have to make sure that this hard work continued to until the end to secure the win!

Hoping to mirror the first half’s performance the Hawks wasted no time and just 6 minutes in Danny Allen spotted an opportunity to chip the ball into the corner, it was full back Ratcliffe who got to it first reaching out to put his hand to it and scoring his second.As the points racked up spirits within the team were high.Whitehaven were eager to show the game was not over yet, prop Dave Houghton took advantage of gap’s in the Hawks defence and breezed over for an easy try, Carl Rudd put 2 more on the board and the Hawks needed to get back on track and settle the game down.The perfect combination of forwards and backs created try number 2 of the half Danny Allen again proving his ability gave a late ball to a Steve Lewis who slid over the line to put the Hawks almost out of reach at 28-12.In Whitehaven’s last efforts Craig Calvert stepped his way through to touch down despite the additional points from the conversion with only 5 minutes left to go it wasn’t enough.The sides were within metres of the Whitehaven line and as a loose ball spilled from a Whitehaven scrum John Oakes somehow managed to get a hold of it and score an opportunist’ try in the final seconds .As Danny Rat sent the ball flying between the sticks the hooter blew and the game was done at 34-18.

A great start to our Northern Rail Cup Campaign, although there will be points that Barry will want to improve on, all in all a fantastic performance full of skill and enthusiasm as well as some excellent individual displays.

Well done to all the boys

See you on Sunday at the Leigh Sporting Village for the fixture against Swinton


Hunslet RLFC Line up
17. Ryan Benjafield
Sponsored by: Eric Simon
16. Steve Dooler
Sponsored by: Eric Simon
15. David Tootill
Sponsored by: John Hodgson
14. Joe Mclocklan
Sponsored by: Yorkshire Signs
13. David March
Sponsored by: A & R Construction
12. John Oakes
Sponsored by: Leeds Bacon Company Ltd
11. Richard Blakeway
10. Steve Lewis
Sponsored by: Leeds Bacon Company Ltd
9. Luke Haigh
Sponsored by: Elliott & Ewan Green
8. Andrew Yates
Sponsored by: Village Urban Resorts South Leeds
7. Danny Allan
6. Luke Helliwell
Sponsored by: Jewson, Leeds
5. Dennis Tuffour
Sponsored by: Kenny Sykes
4. Josh Nathaniel
3. Lee Brickwood
Sponsored by: Eric Simon
2. Stuart Kain
Sponsored by: Beth Hampshire
1. Danny Ratcliffe
Sponsored by: Tony Stead
0 Danny Ratcliffe Goal
0 John Oakes Try
0 Steve Lewis Try
0 Josh Nathaniel Try
0 Danny Ratcliffe Try
0 Danny Ratcliffe Try
0 Danny Ratcliffe Goal
0 Danny Ratcliffe Goal
0 Danny Ratcliffe Goal
0 Danny Ratcliffe Goal
0 David March Try

Hunslet RLFC

Position T C P DP Points

Whitehaven RLFC

Position T C P DP Points


Date Time Season
15/02/2012 7:30 pm 2012