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1st XV - Match centre

Otley
Hull Ionians
J Graham, B Magee, J Hall, J Rowntree
Tries
S Slingsby (2), B Bell, D Laverick
B Smith, B Smith
Conversions
L Minikin (3)
Penalties
L Minikin
Sat 23 Mar 14:30 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Otley 24 v 29 Hull Ionians

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Head shaking, error making, Woody quaking, try taking, heart aching, no faking, I's staking (claims to the title), which is nice.

Just what was going on? Quarter of an hour played and Ionians were 17 – 0 down, having conceded three of the softest tries imaginable and looking shambolic. It was Sedgley Park re-visited, made all the worse by being surrounded by home supporters glorying in their teams’ superiority and sneering at Ionians abject performance and lofty league position.
By half time Ionians had taken the lead and by full time were worthy winners. The turn round was dramatic, emphatic, as Ionians subjugated the vaunted Otley pack and long before the final whistle those same supporters were laying the blame for defeat firmly at the feet of the referee, with totally unfounded allegations been bandied about. Mr Davis may not have been at his best but to suggest any bias must pass as sour grapes.
In the opening exchanges Ionians were unable to retain possession; three turn-overs in the first few minutes enabled Otley to take play from one end of the pitch to the other and when they threw the ball wide Jack Mackie found hooker Joe Graham loitering on the wing and he strolled over for the try.
Otley extended the lead virtually from the re-start when Ben Smith stole an aerial ball, as two Ionians players debated who might collect it, and set the dangerous Ben Magee on a sprint to the line. Smith added the goal from beneath the posts and Otley were well clear, 12 – 0 posted on the scoreboard.
Mr Davis’s contended overzealous (to both sets of supporters) interpretation of holding on presented both sides with penalties, Lewis Minikin attempted an ambitious kick at goal, from over 40m, which fell short.
The situation went from bad to worse for Ionians as they coughed up possession with embarrassing ease and Josh Hall raced down the touch-line to dot down in the corner. Smith was wide with his kick but the home side were sitting pretty with a 17-point advantage.
Undeterred by the abysmal opening quarter the Ionians forwards, led by a charge from Tom Peters, rumbled into the Otley 22. The ball was released to Morgan Bunting who launched a long pass out to Gerry Turagabeci, he drew the defence before slipping a reverse pass to Steve Slingsby who jinked inside his marker before diving over in the corner.
The fightback gathered momentum, with Ionians winning a penalty that was kicked to the corner. The initial drive was making headway but again the ball was turned over. Fortunately, Otley failed to clear, with the kick being charged down. Ionians were back in possession, another drive sucked in the covering defence and Sam Crane winged the ball wide for Steve Slingsby to go in for his second try of the afternoon. Lewis Minikin added a well-judged conversion and Ionians were back in the game at 17 – 12.
Minikin chanced his arm with another long-range goal attempt, after Otley were caught offside. This time he struck it well and Ionians moved to within two points of their hosts and were clearly in the ascendency.
Steve Slingsby came close to claiming a hat-trick when he has held up just short of the line. Ionians managed to keep hold of the ball and a series of close-range drives presented the ebullient Ben Bell with an opportunity to barrel his way over for his eleventh try of the campaign, for Ionians third try of the match and crucially for the lead as half time beckoned. Minikin struck a delightful conversion and Ionians went to the break quite unexpected leading 17 – 22.

Ionians secured the fourth try bonus point within five minutes of the re-start, hurrying over from a catch and drive to allow skipper Dave Laverick to break away and crash over. Minikin added the extra two points to put the visitors two scores to the good. The buffer appeared to give the league toppers a renewed belief and they dictated play, with Morgan Bunting giving a very assured performance. Play was predominantly in the Otley half of the pitch with the hosts producing a determined defensive effort to hold Ionians at bay.
Magee continued to offer a threat with some razor-sharp running and it was his break that gained Otley their bonus points. With five minutes remaining Magee cut loose and raced through the midfield before setting Hall away up the wing, as the cover closed in Hall found Roundtree in support and he dived over for the try. Ben Smith added the conversion to claw the hosts back to within five points, but it proved to be too little, too late. Ionians had to play out a nervous final few minutes as Otley managed to recover from a fast retreating scrum to attack up the blind-side, Otley threw the ball wide but in their haste the final pass was flung directly into touch to conclude a curious and enthralling contest.
All’s well that ends well, so they say. It’s the sort of remark that can only be made after a result like that. It certainly wasn’t entering anyone’s thoughts after a quarter of an hour, but it all came out well, in the end. Hoppers next up at BP, hope to see you there.

Morgan Bunting

Player of the Match

Morgan Bunting

Key moments

7:00
Try Joe Graham scores for Otley
9:00
Try Ben Magee scores for Otley
9:00
Conversion Ben Smith kicks a conversion for Otley
15:00
Try Josh Hall scores for Otley
21:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
27:00
Try Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
27:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
30:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
36:00
Try Benjamin Bell scores for Hull Ionians
36:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
45:00
Try David Laverick scores for Hull Ionians
45:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
78:00
Try Joe Rowntree scores for Otley
78:00
Conversion Ben Smith kicks a conversion for Otley

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Morgan Bunting is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
78:00 Try 24 - 29
Joe Rowntree scores for Otley
78:00 Conversion 19 - 29
Ben Smith kicks a conversion for Otley
67:00 Sub Off
James Newman is substituted off for Hull Ionians
67:00 Sub On
Chris Jackson is substituted on for Hull Ionians
65:00 Sub On
Joe Rowntree is substituted on for Otley
65:00 Sub Off
Harry Skelton is substituted off for Otley
57:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
57:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
53:00 Sub On
Jason Moss is substituted on for Otley
53:00 Sub Off
Laurence Sanderson is substituted off for Otley
53:00 Sub On
Jack Scott-Paul is substituted on for Otley
53:00 Sub Off
Simon Willett is substituted off for Otley
45:00 Try 17 - 29
David Laverick scores for Hull Ionians
45:00 Sub On
Henry Watson is substituted on for Otley
45:00 Conversion 17 - 24
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
45:00 Sub Off
Joe Graham is substituted off for Otley
43:00 Sub Off
Brett Mitchell is substituted off for Otley
43:00 Sub On
Declan Dunn is substituted on for Otley
End of period 1
36:00 Try 17 - 22
Benjamin Bell scores for Hull Ionians
36:00 Conversion 17 - 17
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
30:00 Penalty 17 - 15
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
27:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
27:00 Try 17 - 10
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
27:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
27:00 Sub Off
Jason Moss is substituted off for Otley
27:00 Sub On
Laurence Sanderson is substituted on for Otley
27:00 Conversion 17 - 12
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
21:00 Try 17 - 5
Steve Slingsby scores for Hull Ionians
21:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
15:00 Try 17 - 0
Josh Hall scores for Otley
15:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Smith misses a conversion for Otley
9:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Ben Smith kicks a conversion for Otley
9:00 Try 10 - 0
Ben Magee scores for Otley
7:00 Try 5 - 0
Joe Graham scores for Otley
7:00 Missed Conversion
Ben Smith misses a conversion for Otley
Start of the game
Replay game

As it happened

  • Otley
  • Hull Ionians
  • 0
  • Joe Graham Try 7:00'
  • Ben Magee Try 9:00'
  • Ben Smith Conversion 9:00'
  • Josh Hall Try 15:00'
  • Steve Slingsby Try 21:00'
  • Steve Slingsby Try 27:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 27:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 27:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 27:00'
  • Jason Moss Sub Off 27:00'
  • Laurence Sanderson Sub On 27:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 30:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Try 36:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 36:00'
  • Declan Dunn Sub On 43:00'
  • Brett Mitchell Sub Off 43:00'
  • Henry Watson Sub On 45:00'
  • Joe Graham Sub Off 45:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 45:00'
  • David Laverick Try 45:00'
  • Simon Willett Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jack Scott-Paul Sub On 53:00'
  • Laurence Sanderson Sub Off 53:00'
  • Jason Moss Sub On 53:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 57:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 57:00'
  • Harry Skelton Sub Off 65:00'
  • Joe Rowntree Sub On 65:00'
  • Chris Jackson Sub On 67:00'
  • James Newman Sub Off 67:00'
  • Joe Rowntree Try 78:00'
  • Ben Smith Conversion 78:00'

Team selection

Turagabeci, Jerry Turagabeci, Jerry
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Rees, Sam Rees, Sam
Bunting, Morgan Bunting, Morgan
Crane, Sam Crane, Sam
Wigham, Mark Wigham, Mark
Sanderson, James Sanderson, James
Newman, James Newman, James
Peters, Tom Peters, Tom
Makin, Joe Makin, Joe
Johnson, Steve Johnson, Steve
Stephenson, Ben Stephenson, Ben
Laverick, David Laverick, David
Otley
  • 1. William Rigg
  • 2. Joe Graham
  • 3. Jason Moss
  • 4. Simon Willett
  • 5. Brett Mitchell
  • 6. Adam Malthouse
  • 7. Lewis Cooper
  • 8. Will Burns
  • 9. Harry Skelton
  • 10. Ben Smith
  • 11. Alex Beaumont
  • 12. Jack Mackie
  • 13. Daniel Adu
  • 14. Josh Hall
  • 15. Ben Magee
  • 16. Henry Watson
  • 17. Laurence Sanderson
  • 18. Jack Scott-Paul
  • 19. Declan Dunn
  • 20. Joe Rowntree

League round up

Other National 2 North results

Fylde
19
27
Huddersfield
91
24
Sedgley Park
42
7
Preston Grasshoppers
48
19
Macclesfield
45
33
Sheffield Tigers
20
22
Wharfedale

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League table

# 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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