HUNSLET 54 HEMEL STAGS 6

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14th August 2018

HUNSLET 54HEMEL STAGS 6

H/T.  26 - 2

 Not for the first time this season, the Stags were like the proverbial Curate’s egg, Excellent in parts and then clearly second best in others. For the first quarter of his match he neutral observer would have been hard pressed to identify which of the two sides in action at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday were the promotion play off hopefuls and which were near he foot of the table, such was the closeness of the the game and the way Hemel were matching their hosts in both defence and attack!

 Again, not for the first time, it was the Stags who scored first. On the 15 minute mark they were awarded a penalty in front of the Hunslet posts and elected to go for goal, Jack Mitchell slotting the ball over in confident manner.

 The Stags continued to match Hunslet for the next few sets but with 23 minutes on the clock Nicholson scored the first of Hunslet’s five first half tries. Their fifth try came right on the first half hooter and it is fair to say the home side dominated for that last forty minutes of the half. 

Turning round with 24 point disadvantage the Stags needed to start the second half well but they were on the back foot from the off when Duffy finished off his hat trick of tries for Hunslet who continued to attack although some stoic Hemel defence stopped what looked a certain Hunslet try and from the resulting goal line drop out Hemel turned defence into attack which was finished off by Corey Hanson going over the line in the corner for a deserved try.

 Although there was no doubt that Hunslet were well worth their win, the Stags didn’t deserve to concede a half century of points and will take heart from the knowledge that they have the ability to match higher placed opponents for periods of the game. What they have to do now is to play the way they can in patches but for the full eighty minutes. 

 Hemel return to Pennine Way on Sunday with a 2.00pm kick off against North Wales Crusaders and will need be looking to secure a third victory over a Welsh team in 2018.  

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