CHAMPIONS!

Published: 03/04/2017

Huddersfield RUFC, won promotion back to National League 2 North, with a 47-14 victory over neighbours Cleckheaton.

It also saw, Huddersfield extend their 100% record in the league to 24 matches and with only 2 games to go, they could become the first Field side to go a season unbeaten.

Field managed seven tries, Adam Malthouse bagged himself a brace, Elliot Knight, Lewis Workman, Brandon Conway, Ben Morrill and Nick Rhodes also got on the scoresheet.

Field only needed one point to seal the title, and they managed to get the fourth try on the stroke of half-time, as Workman managed to walk over the try line, this meant Head Coach, Gareth Lewis could test some things out in the second half.

Lewis said, “To get the bonus point by half-time was very difficult, in the second half we went out there with the mind set of enjoying our rugby, we played more expansive and tried things which we wouldn’t normally try so I’m delighted.”

The first try of the game, came from a loose ball which Malthouse managed to gather and try under the sticks. Lewis was impressed with Malthouse’s performance, “He carried the ball really well again today.”

Further tries in the first half came from Knight, Malthouse again and Workman.

In the second half, Rhodes showed his power from the scrum, forcing himself over the line, Morrill and Conway which now puts him level with Elliot Hodgson with 25 tries for the season, scored the other two.

Chris Bell, who is the leagues highest points scorer, converted 6 out of 7 kicks and Lewis was full of praise for his fly-half. “Chris Bell, was my man of the match today, his goal kicking was first class again, to score over 350 individual points is a great achievement.”

Scrum-half, Joel Hinchliffe was sin-binned late in the first half, after Cleckheaton forced Huddersfield back onto their try line, and Lewis thought Cleckheaton were good at times today, “I thought they were very physical, they're obviously scrapping for their lives at the bottom of the table, I thought their line out was very good, their wingers took their chances.”

Lewis hailed Saturday as a special moment for the club, “When we got together on the 28th of June last year and set about a plan this was our aim for the players, so all credit to them.” Lewis added, “It was a great atmosphere here today, with the Rugby Nats, also it being ladies’ day and the DJ added to a great spectacle, I don’t think people who have been coming down here for a number of years have seen anything like today.”

Attention turns quickly to next week, as Huddersfield now hope to keep their unbeaten record in tact as they play second in the league Rossendale.


 

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