Na­gle-Taylor steams in for hat-trick but Ti­tans’ fight­back comes up just short

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - RUGBY UNION -

REL­E­GATED Rother­ham Ti­tans started their Na­tional One cam­paign with a 34-33 de­feat to Old Elthami­ans at Clifton Lane.

Trail­ing by 15 points late in the game, the Ti­tans hit back with two con­verted tries but had to set­tle for two bonus points as they came up just short.

Af­ter Old Elthami­ans had taken a 10-0 lead af­ter 18 min­utes, Rother­ham got off the mark with No 8 Se­bas­tian Na­gle-Taylor touch­ing down and cen­tre El­lis Abra­hams ad­ding the con­ver­sion. The vis­i­tors added an­other con­verted try on 27 min­utes, be­fore Na­gle-Taylor added a sec­ond try.

Three min­utes later, full-back Tom Al­lott scored a con­verted try to give the hosts a 19-17 lead.

Old Elthami­ans ran in two more con­verted tries and added a penalty to go 34-19 ahead. Al­lott scored an­other try on 73 min­utes and Na­gle-Taylor com­pleted his hat-trick, but it was not quite enough for the win.

Hull Io­ni­ans se­cured brag­ging rights in Na­tional Two with a 3533 win over Sh­effield Tigers on the open­ing day.

Tigers got off to a good start and led 13-7 at the break. Two penal­ties from Mark Ire­land and a con­verted try from Lee Monks had given them the lead, de­spite Io­ni­ans be­ing awarded a penalty try.

Io­ni­ans were quick to turn it around af­ter the break with Isaac Green con­vert­ing James San­der­son’s try on 46 min­utes.

Tigers hit back with Peter Swatkins’s try but Ben­jamin Stephen­son crashed over for Green to con­vert to make it 21-18 to the Hull side af­ter 54 min­utes.

James New­man’s try and Green’s con­ver­sion saw Io­ni­ans open a 10-point gap but Tigers showed fight with Henri Packard and James Broadley cross­ing. Ire­land’s con­ver­sion and a penal­ty­made it 33-28 to the Tigers.

How­ever, the home side nicked it at the death, Sam Wil­son crash- ing over and Green kick­ing the con­ver­sion on 80 min­utes.

Ilk­ley took a 35-15 win against Ken­dal to get off to a win­ning start and Hud­der­s­field got off the mark with a 24-24 draw against Sed­g­ley Park with Kian Ste­wart, Jack Maples­den and Thomas Hod­son scor­ing.

Otley lost 24-14 at Fylde with Joe Gra­ham and Harry Skelton scor­ing the con­so­la­tion tries.

Hull suf­fered an ag­o­nis­ing open­ing de­feat at Rossendale, af­ter let­ting the lead slip to lose 2928 in the North Pre­mier league.

Prop Wes Lingskilde and Ben Kay both crashed over in the first half for Hull and Simon Hum­ber­stone con­verted one of them as the vis­i­tors led 12-9 at the break.

De­spite fur­ther tries from Mike Ad­lard and Tom O’Don­nell, along with two penal­ties from Hum­ber­stone, a late try and penalty clinched the win for the home side.

There was only one try in the meet­ing be­tween hosts San­dal and Har­ro­gate, with the vis­i­tors run­ning out 22-18 win­ners and scor­ing a bonus point. Sam Fox’s penalty gave Har­ro­gate breath­ing space be­fore they had to en­dure a late push from San­dal.

In North One East, Dale Break­well’s last-gasp penalty saw West Leeds take a 36-34 vic­tory over Con­sett in their first game since gain­ing pro­mo­tion. Tom Jack­son, Lewis Brom­ley, Mark Calder­wood and debu­tant Ben­jamin Stringer scored tries.

Scar­bor­ough won 53-33 against Brad­ford & Bin­g­ley and York had a nar­row vic­tory at Driffield.

Mal­ton & Norton ran in eight tries in a 56-5 at home win against Cleck­heaton.

Two tries from scrum-half Connor Fo­ley helped Mid­dles­brough to a 34-14 win over Heath in York­shire One.

Other tries for the hosts came from sec­ond-row Adam Mar­ron, prop Kieran Clark and re­place­ment flanker Shaun Kay, while stand-off Andy Baggett kicked three con­ver­sions and a penalty.

PIC­TURE: TONY JOHN­SON

Sh­effield Tigers’ Mark Ire­land was in the points at the week­end, but coud not pre­vent an open­ing day de­feat to Hull Io­ni­ans in Na­tional Two. Hull came out 35-33 win­ners.

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