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1st XV - Match centre

Huddersfield
Hull Ionians
H Whitfield, T Owen, H Whitfield
Tries
T Kuku, J Tincknell, E Falkingham, S Slingsby
C Johnson, C Johnson
Conversions
L Minikin (2)
Penalties
L Minikin
Sat 2 Mar 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Huddersfield 19 v 27 Hull Ionians

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I's overcome Huddersfield challenge to remain ahead of the pack.

Ionians earned only their second away win since the turn of the year with a vital victory at Huddersfield’s Lockwood Park, to continue their push for the N2N title.
A clinical display of finishing from the visitors, allied to a resolute defensive performance, ensured Ionians claimed all five points to keep a small advantage over the clubs in the chasing pack, now realistically reduced to Chester, Fylde and the hosts, Huddersfield.
Ionians got off to a flier; showing their intent from the off, they swept ball across the field and back for winger Toni Kuku to come onto the final pass at pace and crash through the massed ranks of the home defence to score. Lewis Minikin judged the blustery wind well to slot over the conversion and Ionians led 0 – 7.
Huddersfield pushed up into the Ionians half, with fly-half Chris Johnson forcing the visitors back every time they threatened to escape, and under the unremitting pressure Ionians committed a series of transgressions that had Mark Wigham, and four minutes later his fellow back rower, James Sanderson, sent to the bin.
Huddersfield used the numerical advantage to bundle their way over the line from close range, with Harry Whitfield emerging from the bottom of the pile to claim the try. Johnson added the extras to tie the score.
Ionians were back to full numbers and back into the Huddersfield half when Steve Slingsby fielded a wayward clearance, he stepped through the first line of tacklers to link with Tom Stephenson who cut further into the home defence before setting James Tinknell away to cross in the corner. Minikin’s effort at goal faded for Ionians to go to the break 7 – 12 to the good.
Ionians made a slow start to the second half, with the home side again challenging the Ionians line. Stephenson put in a good kick to clear up field and when the ball came loose in mid field it was hacked clear for Kuku to chase to the line. ‘field full-back, Tom Hodson, won the race, to set up a 5m scrum. Huddersfield turned the ball over and broke away through talismanic skipper, Richard Piper. He released Will Milner to sprint away and only an excellent cover tackle from Tom Stephenson prevented Milner from finishing his break with a try.
Ionians won the resulting line-out and Callum Smith launched what appeared to be an innocuous Garryowen. Lewis Minikin chased the lost cause, his persistence permitted the ball to bobble free into the path of Toni Kuku who gathered and fed onto Ed Falkingham, galloping up the wing in support. He shrugged off the covering tacklers to plough over close to the touchline to extend the lead to 7 – 17.
Despite having an indifferent afternoon off the tee in the difficult conditions, Minikin made no mistake with a penalty right in front of the sticks, to push Ionians further ahead.
Huddersfield hit back immediately; they attacked the re-start to re-gain possession and good handling allowed them to break through, with Hodson joining the line to put winger Tom Owen in for a try, Johnson enjoyed little luck from the tee and pushed the attempt just wide.
The visitors, having rung the changes off the bench, looked the fitter outfit and wrestled the initiative back to earn the bonus point with a superb score. Falkingham instigated the move with the initial charge, Ben Carlile then bullocked his way forward to set the outstanding James Sanderson loose up the stand-side wing. He attracted the attention of several defenders but was able to slip a pass out to Slingsby who carried on up the touch to cross in the corner. Minikin iced the cake with a beauty from the tee and Ionians seemed to be coasting to victory at 12 – 27.
Huddersfield had other ideas. Having showed little of their attacking prowess to this point, they launched an attack from deep within their own half. The dangerous Hodson skipped his way clear before setting winger Workman away on a 60m run. Minikin eventually caught him and dragged him to ground but Huddersfield were quick to get up in support and prop Whitfield was on hand to go over for his second try and cut the arrears to eight points.
The hosts continued to press and Ionians had their third player sent to the bin, Ben Carlile the offender, but Ionians had sufficient nous to see out the remaining minutes without mishap and Tom Stephenson put the ball in the bushes to bring to an end an enthralling contest in which the best of N2N rugby was exhibited. Whether it is good enough for N1 remains to be seen.

Tom Peters

Player of the Match

Tom Peters

Key moments

5:00
Try Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
6:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
31:00
Try Harry Whitfield scores for Huddersfield
32:00
Conversion Chris Johnson kicks a conversion for Huddersfield
38:00
Try James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
59:00
Try Edward Falkingham scores for Hull Ionians
62:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
67:00
Try Tom Owen scores for Huddersfield
72:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
73:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
76:00
Try Harry Whitfield scores for Huddersfield
77:00
Conversion Chris Johnson kicks a conversion for Huddersfield

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Tom Peters is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
79:00 Yellow Card
Ben Carlile is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
77:00 Sub Off
Toni Kuku is substituted off for Hull Ionians
77:00 Sub On
Jerry Turagabeci is substituted on for Hull Ionians
77:00 Conversion 19 - 27
Chris Johnson kicks a conversion for Huddersfield
76:00 Try 17 - 27
Harry Whitfield scores for Huddersfield
73:00 Conversion 12 - 27
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
73:00 Sub On
Tor Borrowdale is substituted on for Huddersfield
73:00 Sub Off
Guy Borrowdale is substituted off for Huddersfield
72:00 Try 12 - 25
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
67:00 Sub Off
Mark Wigham is substituted off for Hull Ionians
67:00 Sub On
Adam Brown is substituted on for Hull Ionians
67:00 Missed Conversion
Chris Johnson misses a conversion for Huddersfield
67:00 Try 12 - 20
Tom Owen scores for Huddersfield
62:00 Sub Off
Tom Peters is substituted off for Hull Ionians
62:00 Sub On
James Newman is substituted on for Hull Ionians
62:00 Penalty 7 - 20
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub Off
Mark Chivers is substituted off for Huddersfield
60:00 Sub On
Alex Battye is substituted on for Huddersfield
59:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
59:00 Try 7 - 17
Edward Falkingham scores for Hull Ionians
56:00 Sub On
Tom Owen is substituted on for Huddersfield
56:00 Sub Off
Will Milner is substituted off for Huddersfield
53:00 Sub On
Jack Maplesden is substituted on for Huddersfield
53:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
53:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
53:00 Sub Off
Joe Green is substituted off for Huddersfield
50:00 Sub On
Harry Whitfield is substituted on for Huddersfield
50:00 Sub Off
Reuben Pollard is substituted off for Huddersfield
End of period 1
38:00 Try 7 - 12
James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
38:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
37:00 Sub Off
Harry Whitfield is substituted off for Huddersfield
37:00 Sub On
Reuben Pollard is substituted on for Huddersfield
32:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Chris Johnson kicks a conversion for Huddersfield
31:00 Try 5 - 7
Harry Whitfield scores for Huddersfield
27:00 Yellow Card
James Sanderson is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
25:00 Sub Off
Benjamin Bell is substituted off for Hull Ionians
25:00 Sub On
Steve Johnson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
24:00 Sub Off
Tom Owen is substituted off for Huddersfield
24:00 Sub On
Elliot Knight is substituted on for Huddersfield
23:00 Yellow Card
Mark Wigham is yellow carded for Hull Ionians
9:00 Sub Off
Elliot Knight is substituted off for Huddersfield
9:00 Sub On
Tom Owen is substituted on for Huddersfield
6:00 Conversion 0 - 7
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
5:00 Try 0 - 5
Toni Kuku scores for Hull Ionians
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Huddersfield
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Toni Kuku Try 5:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 6:00'
  • Elliot Knight Sub Off 9:00'
  • Tom Owen Sub On 9:00'
  • Mark Wigham Yellow Card 23:00'
  • Tom Owen Sub Off 24:00'
  • Elliot Knight Sub On 24:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub Off 25:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub On 25:00'
  • James Sanderson Yellow Card 27:00'
  • Harry Whitfield Try 31:00'
  • Chris Johnson Conversion 32:00'
  • Harry Whitfield Sub Off 37:00'
  • Reuben Pollard Sub On 37:00'
  • James Tincknell Try 38:00'
  • Harry Whitfield Sub On 50:00'
  • Reuben Pollard Sub Off 50:00'
  • Joe Green Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jack Maplesden Sub On 53:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 53:00'
  • Will Milner Sub Off 56:00'
  • Tom Owen Sub On 56:00'
  • Edward Falkingham Try 59:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 60:00'
  • Mark Chivers Sub Off 60:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 60:00'
  • Alex Battye Sub On 60:00'
  • Tom Peters Sub Off 62:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 62:00'
  • James Newman Sub On 62:00'
  • Mark Wigham Sub Off 67:00'
  • Adam Brown Sub On 67:00'
  • Tom Owen Try 67:00'
  • Steve Slingsby Try 72:00'
  • Guy Borrowdale Sub Off 73:00'
  • Tor Borrowdale Sub On 73:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 73:00'
  • Harry Whitfield Try 76:00'
  • Chris Johnson Conversion 77:00'
  • Toni Kuku Sub Off 77:00'
  • Jerry Turagabeci Sub On 77:00'
  • Ben Carlile Yellow Card 79:00'

Team selection

Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Kuku, Toni Kuku, Toni
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Falkingham, Edward Falkingham, Edward
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Bell, Benjamin Bell, Benjamin
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Huddersfield
  • 1. Harry Whitfield
  • 2. Mark Chivers
  • 3. Adam Blades
  • 4. Guy Borrowdale
  • 5. Matt Dunn
  • 6. Bob Sykes
  • 7. Lewis Bradley
  • 8. Dickie Piper
  • 9. Joe Green
  • 10. Chris Johnson
  • 11. Lewis Workman
  • 12. Will Milner
  • 13. Mark Pease
  • 14. Elliot Knight
  • 15. Tom Hudson
  • 16. Reuben Pollard
  • 17. Tor Borrowdale
  • 18. Alex Battye
  • 19. Tom Owen
  • 20. Jack Maplesden

League round up

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54
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Sedgley Park
31
10
Preston Grasshoppers
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Macclesfield
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Sheffield Tigers
37
10
Wharfedale

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Hull Ionians 30 113
2. Chester 30 109
3. Sedgley Park 30 101
4. Huddersfield 30 98
5. Tynedale 30 96
6. Fylde 30 93
7. Preston Grasshoppers 30 90

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