Whitehaven 28 Hunslet Hawks 12: Kingstone Press Round 16 Match Review

It was a game of two halves which both side having pointless halves but it was James Coyle who got the victory over his old club with 28 second half points to take the two points in the relegation dogfight which is getting ever tighter before the split into the bottom 8 in just under two months.

It was the Hawks who took a lead in to the half time break with tries coming from Liam Mckay who found the line after running on to a pop-up pass and found a gap in a scrambling Haven defence, Barnett added his try shortly before half time after working the ball to the right hand side and a 2 on 1 overlap had developed. Centre Danny Maun got the ball to Barnett who went in at the corner. Ansell converted both tries to leave the half time score at 12-0.

But that would be the last of the scoring for the visiting West Yorkshire side as they “gifted 24 points in a crazy, crazy 18 minute period… a disappointing second half which was totally of our doing.” That was views of Hawks Coach Barry Eaton speaking after the game.

Haven crossed in the just second minute of the second half through second rower and MOM Dave Allen after a trademark show and go from Grant Gore allowed him to pass the ball to Allen and the Ex-Widnes player went in underneath the black dot.

3 tries in 7 minutes allowed Haven to take control of the game and have momentum which they kept to the final hooter. Scores from Greg Wilde, Dion Aiye and Richie Beaumont had the Haven bench jumping up and down as they seen their first victory in 5 games. Allen had a hand in the final Haven try too after starting the run up for the final try of the match from Frenchman Jordan Sigismeau. Allen broke a Danny Ansell tackle, he then found Louis Jouffret who run 40 metres before being 2 on 1 with Hawks Fullback Jimmy Watson with Sigismeau, He passed to Sigismeau and the frenchman run another 50 metres untouched to wrap the victory. Jouffret missed the conversion but converted the other 4 to leave the score 28-16 at full time.

Haven Coach James Coyle was happy with his sides performance despite going in 12 points down at half time, “It was skill errors and a lack of execution that cost us in the first half and we could have gone in level.” We carried on playing into the second half and capitalized on the back of the errors in the second half.”

The Haven defeat was soured by a nasty looking injury picked up by prop Stephen Fox who hobbled off the pitch just 5 minutes coming on from the bench, It could be a while before he is back on the field.

Prediction – Haven by 14

Result – Haven by 16


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