Green keeps his nerve to lift Io­ni­ans

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY LEAGUE -

RUGBY UNION: A penalty from Isaac Green in the last minute en­sured Hull Io­ni­ans scraped a 37-36 vic­tory at rel­e­ga­tion ri­vals Ross­lyn Park and boosted their bat­tle to avoid the drop in Na­tional One.

The lead changed hands five times in a dra­matic match which leaves the York­shire side still fourth bot­tom with two matches to play, but with three teams go­ing down at the end of the sea­son they are still not safe.

Io­ni­ans took a 25-7 lead into half time, pri­mar­ily due to the boot of scrum-half Isaac Green who kicked three penal­ties while there were two tries from cen­tre Lewis Minikin.

Ross­lyn Park came back into the game with four tries of their own in the sec­ond half be­fore a Rikki Stout try on 77 min­utes fol­lowed yet an­other penalty from Green in the last minute helped Io­ni­ans win.

Re­ju­ve­nated Wharfedale beat fourth-placed Hinck­ley 44-19 in Na­tional 2 North to con­tinue their fight to avoid the drop.

Sec­ond row Kieren Frost led the six-try de­mo­li­tion with two of his own with Phil Wood­head, Oliver Cicognini and fly-half Tom Bar­nett adding to a penalty try. The bonus point win means Wharfedale can still es­cape rel­e­ga­tion with two games to spare.

Ot­ley climbed two places in the ta­ble with a 17-12 win at bot­tom of the ta­ble Sh­effield helped boost their hopes of avoid­ing the drop – while Sh­effield face a tough fi­nal three games if they are to es­cape rel­e­ga­tion.

Tries from winger Paul Petchey and full-back Tom Hod­son, plus both con­ver­sions and a penalty from scrum-half Joe Rown­tree, helped Ot­ley take the points.

Hud­der­s­field moved up to sixth place in the ta­ble on the back of a 31-10 win over York­shire ri­vals Sh­effield Tigers, who drop to fifth bot­tom and are not yet safe from the drop.

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