Per­fect sea­son ends with a thrilling tri­umph

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION - DO­MINIC BROWN

SCOT­LAND coach and for­mer Hud­der­s­field player Vern Cotter looked on as they signed off as Na­tional Three North cham­pi­ons af­ter win­ning all 26 matches this sea­son.

It was a thrilling fi­nale to Hud­der­s­field’s per­fect sea­son as they de­feated San­dal 37-35 at Lock­wood Park.

Hud­der­s­field had al­ready won the ti­tle but San­dal showed that they had not come to make up the num­bers and pro­duced some de­ci­sive and hard-run­ning rugby which put the home side on the back foot.

San­dal ran in three first half tries to Hud­der­s­field’s one and led 23-10 at the in­ter­val.

Hud­der­s­field, who had not con­ceded more than 16 points in any of their pre­vi­ous games, showed their class af­ter the break.

They pro­duced three well­worked tries but bat­tling San­dal added an­other to keep the game tight.

In the end, it was the goal­kick­ing of Hud­der­s­field fly-half Chris Bell, who took his sea­son’s tally to over 400 points, a club record, that made the dif­fer­ence.

Last year’s York­shire Un­der-20 cap­tain landed four con­ver­sions and three penal­ties, the last of which, with full-time ap­proach­ing, left San­dal need­ing a con­verted try to draw level.

With a man in the sin-bin on 80 min­utes, it was 14-man San­dal who had the last word when scrum-half Ol­lie Fox scored a try in the cor­ner only for the con­ver­sion at­tempt to go nar­rowly wide.

Medals were pre­sented to the cham­pi­ons by Cotter and Hud­der­s­feld cap­tain Alex Bat­tye re­ceived the Cham­pi­onship tro­phy from league sec­re­tary Terry Owen-Smith.

Hud­der­s­field ended the sea­son, hav­ing scored over 1,000 points and hav­ing con­ceded un­der 300.

It helped them bounce back to Na­tional Two North at the first time of ask­ing.

Hud­der­s­field vice-pres­i­dent Richard Sykes is now looking to the fu­ture and he said: “The am­bi­tion for the club is to es­tab­lish our­selves in the higher tier.

“Clubs like Ot­ley and Har­ro­ga­teo have come through the di­vi­sions and have flour­ished in the past. That is what we have in mind for Hud­der­s­field.”

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