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1st XV - Match centre

Hull Ionians
Leicester Lions
J Newman (2), J Makin, J Tincknell (2), L Minikin, M Wigham
Tries
L Warren-West, D Constant, L Warren-West, H Key, E Sumpter
L Minikin (5)
Conversions
H Key, H Key
L Minikin
Penalties
H Key
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - RFU National - National 2 North Full time

Hull Ionians 48 v 30 Leicester Lions

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Good things come to those who wait.. The I's have it!

Hull Ionians are N2N Champions.
A 48 – 30 win over Leicester Lions ensured that Ionians earned the five points needed to give them an unassailable lead at the top of the table and an immediate return to N1.
Nothing in the opening half hour of the match suggested the hosts had it within their capabilities to overcome a rampant Lions side and achieve any sort of a victory, but a second half revival, in which Ionians scored four tries to one from the Lions, was enough to see I’s home safely and for the celebrations to begin.
Ionians hadn’t touched the ball before the lions opened the scoring, with good handling and support play allowing Laurence Warren- West to squeeze over close to the corner flag.
Ionians finally gained some possession and successive penalties had Ionians move to within 5m of the visitor’s line; clean ball was delivered and the drive went on. As the pack got close to the line James Newman broke loose and dived over to score. Lewis Minikin added the conversion to put I’s narrowly in front.
The Lions, showing a refreshing desire to run the ball, hit back immediately. Benefiting from a slice of good fortune when Key retrieved a wild pass, he caught Ionians flat footed and the visitors again ran past some slack defending to cut through to the line for a try for Devon Constant. Key was on target with the goal attempt and Lions restored their advantage at 7 – 12.
James Sanderson, having another terrific game, broke clear and with the option of the clubs’ top try scorer on one side and a worthy but ancient prop forward on the other made the bewildering choice of passing to Steve Johnson. “Jonno” sensibly decided that a 40m dash was 38m too far so Ionians spurned a chance to re-take the lead.
Leicester took hold of the ball and came again at Ionians. Good support play and a powerful break down the wing from Constant created space in midfield for Warren – West to cross for his second try.
Lions gained the try bonus point in the 24th minute when the back-line again combined to run Ionians ragged, Key the beneficiary this time to dot down. Unfortunately for the lions he wasn’t having a great day from the tee and the ball came back off the up-rights to keep the score to 7 – 22.
The tryfest continued, this time it was the hosts who scored. Another catch and drive was successfully executed for Joe Makin to claim the prize and the conversion by Minikin hauled Ionians back to 14- 22.
A long range penalty by Minikin reduced the arrears further and stirred Ionians in to action so that remarkably a second try from Newman tied the scores with five minutes of the half remaining.
On the stroke of half time Leicester were awarded a penalty and Key made no mistake with the routine kick to give the visitors a narrow advantage, 22 – 25.
The Lions made a lively start to the second half but a break from Ben Stephenson put Ed Falkingham away. He bullocked his way to the line but was brought back for a knock-on. The Ionians forwards upped the intensity and Leicester were unable to clear their line. Ionians won the resulting line-out and quick transfer of the ball gave James Tinknell the half a gap he needed to cut through and go over, Minikin goaled and the hosts took a lead that they never relinquished.
Ionians fluked the next try. They made a hash of a line-out and the ball was overthrown but a kind bounce allowed them to re-gain possession and move the ball to mercurial Minikin who glided through the cover to score and add the conversion to give Ionians a 36 -25 lead.
Leicester then erred at a line-out, with another overthrow and Ben Stephenson collected the loose ball to pass out to Tinknell. He pushed off several tacklers to break away and score. The goal from Minikin gave Ionians a comfortable buffer, 43 – 25.
Ionians appeared to be running away with the match when Mark Wigham crashed over with over 10 minutes remaining but the Lions refused to buckle and showed commendable commitment and resolve in the closing stages of the match.
It was the lions who completed the scoring when replacement scrum-half, Alex Smit, took a quick tap and jinked his way through to within 5m of the line before supplying a pass to the hard grafting Matt Sumpter to slide over.
The final minutes were played out without incident with both sides aware the game was up and the ramifications clear. The final whistle led to a slightly muted applause from a reasonable sized crowd, perhaps mindful of what awaits the victors in the coming months.

Lewis Minikin

Player of the Match

Lewis Minikin

Key moments

1:00
Try Lawrence Warren-West scores for Leicester Lions
7:00
Try James Newman scores for Hull Ionians
7:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
11:00
Conversion Harry Key kicks a conversion for Leicester Lions
11:00
Try Devon Constant scores for Leicester Lions
15:00
Try Lawrence Warren-West scores for Leicester Lions
22:00
Conversion Harry Key kicks a conversion for Leicester Lions
22:00
Try Harry Key scores for Leicester Lions
25:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
25:00
Try Joe Makin scores for Hull Ionians
33:00
Penalty Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
35:00
Try James Newman scores for Hull Ionians
39:00
Penalty Harry Key kicks a penalty for Leicester Lions
51:00
Try James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
51:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
58:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
58:00
Try Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
64:00
Try James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
64:00
Conversion Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
68:00
Try Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
71:00
Try Ed Sumpter scores for Leicester Lions

Highlights

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80:00 Player of the Match
Lewis Minikin is awarded player of the match for Hull Ionians
71:00 Sub On
Tom Aviss is substituted on for Leicester Lions
71:00 Sub Off
Harry Key is substituted off for Leicester Lions
71:00 Missed Conversion
Harry Key misses a conversion for Leicester Lions
71:00 Try 48 - 32
Ed Sumpter scores for Leicester Lions
69:00 Sub Off
Tom Stephenson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
69:00 Sub On
Luke Thundercliffe is substituted on for Hull Ionians
68:00 Try 48 - 27
Mark Wigham scores for Hull Ionians
68:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
64:00 Conversion 38 - 27
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
64:00 Try 43 - 27
James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub On
Ben Carlile is substituted on for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub Off
David Laverick is substituted off for Hull Ionians
60:00 Sub On
Curtis Weaver is substituted on for Leicester Lions
60:00 Sub Off
Will Roberts is substituted off for Leicester Lions
58:00 Try 36 - 27
Lewis Minikin scores for Hull Ionians
58:00 Conversion 31 - 27
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
51:00 Conversion 29 - 27
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
51:00 Try 27 - 27
James Tincknell scores for Hull Ionians
50:00 Sub On
Alex Smit is substituted on for Leicester Lions
50:00 Sub Off
Tom Aviss is substituted off for Leicester Lions
40:00 Sub On
Benjamin Bell is substituted on for Hull Ionians
40:00 Sub Off
Steve Johnson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 22 - 27
Harry Key kicks a penalty for Leicester Lions
36:00 Sub On
Edward Falkingham is substituted on for Hull Ionians
36:00 Sub Off
Dan Martin is substituted off for Leicester Lions
36:00 Sub Off
James Newman is substituted off for Hull Ionians
36:00 Sub On
Will Roberts is substituted on for Leicester Lions
35:00 Missed Conversion
Lewis Minikin misses a conversion for Hull Ionians
35:00 Try 22 - 24
James Newman scores for Hull Ionians
33:00 Penalty 17 - 24
Lewis Minikin kicks a penalty for Hull Ionians
25:00 Try 12 - 24
Joe Makin scores for Hull Ionians
25:00 Conversion 14 - 24
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
22:00 Conversion 7 - 19
Harry Key kicks a conversion for Leicester Lions
22:00 Try 7 - 24
Harry Key scores for Leicester Lions
15:00 Try 7 - 17
Lawrence Warren-West scores for Leicester Lions
15:00 Missed Conversion
Harry Key misses a conversion for Leicester Lions
11:00 Try 7 - 12
Devon Constant scores for Leicester Lions
11:00 Conversion 7 - 7
Harry Key kicks a conversion for Leicester Lions
7:00 Try 7 - 5
James Newman scores for Hull Ionians
7:00 Conversion 2 - 5
Lewis Minikin kicks a conversion for Hull Ionians
5:00 Sub On
Sam Rees is substituted on for Hull Ionians
5:00 Sub Off
Sam Wilson is substituted off for Hull Ionians
1:00 Try 0 - 5
Lawrence Warren-West scores for Leicester Lions
1:00 Missed Conversion
Harry Key misses a conversion for Leicester Lions
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Hull Ionians
  • Leicester Lions
  • 0
  • Lawrence Warren-West Try 1:00'
  • Sam Wilson Sub Off 5:00'
  • Sam Rees Sub On 5:00'
  • James Newman Try 7:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 7:00'
  • Devon Constant Try 11:00'
  • Harry Key Conversion 11:00'
  • Lawrence Warren-West Try 15:00'
  • Harry Key Conversion 22:00'
  • Harry Key Try 22:00'
  • Joe Makin Try 25:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 25:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Penalty 33:00'
  • James Newman Try 35:00'
  • Dan Martin Sub Off 36:00'
  • Edward Falkingham Sub On 36:00'
  • Will Roberts Sub On 36:00'
  • James Newman Sub Off 36:00'
  • Harry Key Penalty 39:00'
  • Benjamin Bell Sub On 40:00'
  • Steve Johnson Sub Off 40:00'
  • Alex Smit Sub On 50:00'
  • Tom Aviss Sub Off 50:00'
  • James Tincknell Try 51:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 51:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Try 58:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 58:00'
  • Curtis Weaver Sub On 60:00'
  • Will Roberts Sub Off 60:00'
  • Ben Carlile Sub On 60:00'
  • David Laverick Sub Off 60:00'
  • Lewis Minikin Conversion 64:00'
  • James Tincknell Try 64:00'
  • Mark Wigham Try 68:00'
  • Tom Stephenson Sub Off 69:00'
  • Luke Thundercliffe Sub On 69:00'
  • Ed Sumpter Try 71:00'
  • Harry Key Sub Off 71:00'
  • Tom Aviss Sub On 71:00'

Team selection

Smith, Callum Smith, Callum
Wilson, Sam Wilson, Sam
Minikin, Lewis Minikin, Lewis
Tincknell, James Tincknell, James
Slingsby, Steve Slingsby, Steve
Stephenson, Tom Stephenson, Tom
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
Leicester Lions
  • 1. George Taylor-Walker
  • 2. Oli Taylor
  • 3. Dan Ali
  • 4. Olie Tapscott
  • 5. Ed Sumpter
  • 6. Simon Johnson
  • 7. Jonny Murdoch
  • 8. Dan Martin
  • 9. Tom Aviss
  • 10. Harry Glynn
  • 11. Devon Constant
  • 12. Harry Key
  • 13. Sam Benjamin
  • 14. Lawrence Warren-West
  • 15. Max Tichener
  • 16. Will Roberts
  • 17. Curtis Weaver
  • 18. Alex Smit

League round up

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Sheffield Tigers
48
22
Macclesfield
34
51
Preston Grasshoppers
Fylde
12
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Sedgley Park
Wharfedale
12
17
Huddersfield

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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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