Hunslet Match Report


Bears make history, but five-try Hunslet blitz seals the game in the second half. 



MIKE HYDE, Webb Ellis Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, Sunday

Photos Dave Jessop



History was made as the first game of semi-professional Rugby League unfolded at Webb Ellis Road in Rugby, the historical birthplace of the oval ball game.


For the Bears, it was another home game ‘on the road’, but there was a healthy crowd of well over 400,which gave the compact and enclosed Webb Ellis  Road ground a great atmosphere.


A contingent of Hunslet supporters added a touch of green and orange to the crowd, while some had stayed on from a youth tournament in the morning.


Hunslet kicked off, and the Bears completed their first set, and they continued to push hard. 


Their reward came after seven minutes as Chris Taylorweaved around the away defence before crossing over on the left of the field.


Elliott Hall made no mistake with the conversion to extend the lead to 6-0.


He then came close to furthering his position as league one’s second highest try scorer, but a high tackle stopped him in his tracks, but he gained a further two points with the ensuing penalty.


Hunslet were determined to get into the game and Tommy Ashton burst through a flat footed Coventry defence for a try, duly converted by Reece Dean


A few minutes later, his team-mate Tonks scored in similar fashion, powering through the home defenders, with the extras ensuing to put the away side in the lead 8-12.


Some strong attacking play by the visitors culminated in Potts planting the ball behind the line on the right wing.


Coventry were still determined to stay in contention, and Reece Rance’s thirty yard sprint and try, followed by Elliott Hall’s conversion narrowed Hunslets lead to two points.


But then Hunslet responded courtesy of Nathan Chappell with five minutes of the half remaining.


Following that closely fought first half, Hunslet came out guns blazing and pinned the Bearsin their own 25 yard line for ten minutes.


No score was forthcoming as the Bears defence stood firm, and then following a fumble there was a counter attack. Two passes later it was Hall adding to his tally having run the last fifty yards of the pitch.


Again the margin was back to just two points, 20-22, but then the game changed as Hunslet’s ruthless streak came out and Coventry were left floundering.


James Watson scored the visitors’ first try of the second half, and Man of the match Reece Dean scored their second five minutes later

The Bears were on the ropes as Gareth Potts crossed over for their third try of the half.


Next over was Dale Broomfield for the fourt, with Dane gettingthe afternoon’s final try, as the visitors ran away with the game.


A tense and evenly matched first half, and even the first part of the second half had given way to a powerful Hunslet performance which put their play off bid back on track.


Next Saturday, the Bears visit bottom placed West Wales Raiders, followed by a week’s break, and then a return to Rugby to play Keighley Cougars.













 1 Elliott Hall

 5 Errol carter

 3 Hayden Freeman

 4 Jacob Jones

 2 Reece Rance

 6 Cobi Green

 7 Nathan Conroy

 8 Lewis Taylor

 9 Harvey Whiteley

10 Jack Ray

11 Kieran Sherratt

12 Sam Scott

13 Harry Kaufman


Subs (all used)

14 SteBradley Sheridan

15 Oliver purslow

16 Cameron Stewart

17 LawChris Barratt


Tries: Taylor(7), Rance (32) Hall (50)

Goals: Hall4/4




  1 James Watson

 2 Gareth Potts  

23 Nathan Chappell  

  3 Thomas Ashton

 5 Dale Bloomfield

21 Reece Dean

 7 Simon Brown

16 Zach Braham

20 Vila Halifhi

10 Adam Robinson

11 Josh Tonks

30 MaCharles Martin

13 Michael Emmett


Subs (all used)

32 Michael Haley

17 Daniel Hawksworth

31 Jon Luke Kirby

14 Ryan Wright




Tries: Ashton(20), Tonks(35), Potts(30,63) Chappell (36), Watson(57),Dean(59, 73), Broomfield (65),


Goals: Dean: 6/9




Man of the Match; Elliott Hall



Penalty count: 8-7

Half-time: 14-22

Referee: Tom Crashley

Attendance: 420


SCORING SEQUENCE: 6-0, 8-0, 8-6, 8-12, 8-16, 14-16,14-22; 

20-22, 20-26, 20-32, 20-38, 20-42, 20-48





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