Hunslet 58 – 6 Ironmen




PHIL HODGSON for the Rugby Leaguer & League Express at the South Leeds Stadium, Sunday. Image www.facebook.com

HUNSLET coach James Coyle confirmed his satisfaction, after the previous week’s narrow defeat at Doncaster, following a 10-try demotion of an Ironmen outfit that paid the price for regular lapses in defence.

South Wales had only conceded 54 points in their previous three outings, all of which had ended in defeat, but the Parksiders eclipsed that total in a dominant 80 minutes, with bench hooker George Flanagan grabbing a hat-trick in the second period.

Coyle said: “We told the players to go out and enjoy themselves and that’s just what they did. And I was pleased with the performance of young Joe Sanderson. His previous experience has been with Leeds Academy, which is a different arena, and he’s come on leaps and bounds today.”

Sanderson was in the starting line-up, with regular scrum-half Danny Ansell on the bench, while Brooke Broughton was brought into the side in place of centre Cameron Leeming, who pulled a hamstring the previous day in training. Mufaro Mvududu, who Coyle had intended to field in the second row, switched to the centre, the powerful partnership with second row Jake Normington causing the Ironmen problems throughout.

Normington sent winger Marcus Webb over in the seventh minute, Sanderson landing the first of his eight goals from 10 attempts and Hunslet, making regular inroads which brought valiant South Wales fullback Andrew Gay into regular action, took control with three tries between the 23rd and 34th minutes, Mvududu bulldozing his way over and Normington and centre Aston Wilson making the most of fine approach work by stand-off Joel Gibson.

The Ironmen claimed an opportunist score by substitute Connor Parker as the half-time hooter beckoned, stand-off Paul Emanuelli adding the extras, but the second period belonged completely to the Parksiders.

Flanagan burrowed over within three minutes of the resumption and, as the hour approached, a sweet ball by Ansell sent Sanderson over.

Two tries in as many minutes helped Flanagan complete his hat-trick, one a short-range individual solo score, the second after a break by substitute Nyle Flynn which was continued by Ansell.

Ansell then sent Broughton over with seven minutes left as Hunslet breached the half-century and although South Wales, with hooker Connor Farrar and Emanuelli to the fore, showed their spirit by applying late pressure, the last word went to the hosts, the outstanding Normington racing over off a fine pass out of the tackle by Gibson.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Emanuelli. “We’ve worked hard on our defence but we were found wanting today.”


GAMEBREAKER: Three tries in a 10-minute period midway through the first half helped Hunslet to a 22-0 lead which the Ironmen clearly couldn’t overhaul.


GAMESTAR: Hunslet second row Jake Normington, who was a powerhouse in attack and defence from start to finish.




1 Jimmy Watson

30 Ryan Ince

12 Aston Wilson

4 Mufaro Mvududu

28 Marcus Webb

18 Joel Gibson

6 Joe Sanderson

10 Lewis Reed

25 Matthew Tebb

19 Matt Carbutt

22 Brooke Broughton

11 Jake Normington

13 Liam Mackay

Subs (all used)

31 Sean Hesketh

14 George Flanagan

17 Nyle Flynn

7 Danny Ansell


Tries: Webb (7), Mvududu (23), Normington (28, 80), Wilson (34), Flanagan (43, 61, 63), Sanderson (58), Broughton (73)

Goals: Sanderson 9/10



6 Andrew Gay

2 Yanic Parker

3 Paul Edwards

4 Christian Roets

26 Lewis Hughes

5 Paul Emanuelli

7 Courtney Davies

19 Jamie I’Anson

9 Connor Farrar

10 Isaak Duffy

11 Richard Jones

17 Zak Williams

16 Ashley Bateman

Subs (all used)

14 Kristian Baller

13 Christopher Vitalini

24 Connor Parker

8 Martyn Reilly


Try: Parker (39)

Goal: Emanuelli


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 10-0, 16-0, 22-0, 22-6; 28-6, 34-6, 40-6, 46-6, 52-6, 58-6


Rugby Leaguer & League Express

Men of the Match

Parksiders: Jake Normington Ironmen: Andrew Gay


Penalty count: 4-4 Half-time: 22-6

Referee: John McMullen Attendance: 350



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