Io­ni­ans get lift-off af­ter for­wards help them rally to vic­tory

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

HULL IO­NI­ANS picked up their first win of the sea­son at the sixth time of ask­ing with a 4328 home tri­umph over Esher in Na­tional One.

Io­ni­ans started the day at the bot­tom of the table and things showed no signs of im­prov­ing as they trailed 21-0 mid­way through the first half.

It was the for­wards that brought the hosts to life, prop Richard Stout, hooker Alis­tair Thomp­son and back-row James San­der­son all go­ing over with Isaac Green adding the ex­tras to send the sides to the dress­ing rooms all-square.

The good work was un­done 10 min­utes af­ter the restart, though, Esher No 8 Alis­tair Bone scor­ing a con­verted try to re­store the vis­i­tors’ lead.

Io­ni­ans ral­lied once more, Stout scor­ing his sec­ond try of the af­ter­noon to se­cure the bonus point just three min­utes later with Green again con­vert­ing, be­fore the kicker gave the hosts their first lead of the af­ter­noon with a penalty.

Winger Sa­muel Wil­son and re­place­ment John Al­lott both crossed in the last five min­utes to make the score­line look con­vinc­ing, the vic­tory mov­ing Io­ni­ans off the foot of the table.

Hud­der­s­field claimed max­i­mum points af­ter an im­pres­sive 32-15 home vic­tory over Luc­to­ni­ans in Na­tional Two North.

The hosts started the day in 13th place but dom­i­nated the first 40 min­utes, full-back Lewis Work­man, winger Rian Hamil­ton and back-row Adam Malt­house all crossed, with fly-half Harry Davey kick­ing two con­ver­sions and a penalty for a 22-3 lead.

Luc­to­ni­ans fought back with two tries of their own af­ter the in­ter­val, but Work­man scored his sec­ond of the af­ter­noon, with Davey con­vert­ing, be­fore the fly­half wrapped up the scor­ing with a drop goal as Hud­der­s­field move to 10th in the table.

Wharfedale piled on the pres­sure late in their game at Ch­ester but had to set­tle for a los­ing bonus point, go­ing down 10-3.

Sh­effield re­main win­less and bot­tom of the table, al­though a try with the last play of the game did see them earn their fifth bonus point of the sea­son with a 35-26 loss at South Le­ices­ter.

Ot­ley were beaten at Le­ices­ter Lions, whilst Sh­effield Tigers’ strug­gles con­tin­ued af­ter a 2910 home de­feat to un­beaten Tynedale.

San­dal caused an up­set in the North Premier league, beat­ing York­shire ri­vals Ilk­ley 37-14 at home.

San­dal were with­out a win af­ter five games and Ilk­ley were third with four wins but the tables were turned as first-half tries from Steve Nol­son and James El­lar, along with two con­ver­sions and a penalty from Greg Wood, saw them lead 17-7 at the break.

The vis­i­tors re­duced the ar­rears to 17-14 shortly af­ter the restart but tries from Nol­son and Tom Bax­ter helped San­dal se­cure the win.

Ro­ma­nian in­ter­na­tional winger Stephen Hi­hetah was the hat-trick hero for Hull as they pro­duced a fine dis­play against strug­gling Morley in a 47-0 win away from home.

The vis­i­tors were 21- 0 up at the break and con­tin­ued to dom­i­nate in the sec­ond half.

Also in North Premier, Har­ro­gate took a fine 25- 8 win against Ken­dal.

There were stand­out per­for­mances from Dale Brakewell and cap­tain Sam Neave as West Leeds con­tin­ued to im­press in North One East, run­ning out 52- 21 win­ners at home to Percy Park.

Neave scored a hat- trick whilst Brakewell racked up 22 points with a try, penalty and con­ver­sions on all seven of the host’s tries in the em­phatic win.

Be­hind 21- 0 at half- time, Pock­ling­ton bat­tled back af­ter the break to se­cure a bonus point but still lost out 38- 29 to Rossendale.

Pock­ling­ton’s tries came from No 8 Ge­orge Wagstaff, full- back Jed Jack­son and cen­tres Billy Hardy and James Flint with fly- half Dan El­liot kick­ing a penalty and three con­ver­sions.

PIC­TURE: AL­LAN MCKEN­ZIE

ON TARGET: Greg Wood kicked two con­ver­sions and a penalty as San­dal turned the tables on Ilk­ley in North Premier.

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