Huddersfield Laund Hill RUFC – 23 Roundhegians RUFC – 12

Laund Hill extend their unbeaten run to six games to book their place in
the final
In the week that marks the 25th anniversary of Huddersfield YMCA winning
the Tetley Bitter Vase at Twickenham, the new breed firmly established their
legacy as they embodied the spirit of the team of ‘98 to power into the final of
the Papa John’s Counties 1 Shield.
However, things didn’t look good for the home team in the early minutes as
Roundhegians applied pressure straight from the off. Forcing a scrum penalty on half-way, the team from Leeds raced down-field and were able to put a number of phases together as Laund Hill were slow to get back and organise their defence. As a result, Roundhegians were able to get the first try of the game with just four minutes on the clock. With the score
being out wide, the conversion was unsuccessful.
Nerves seemed to play a part in both teams as uncharacteristic mistakes were
made, resulting in numerous scrums. However, this seemed to play into
Laund Hill’s hands as the front row of Burt, Hill and Barrett became dominant
at the set-piece. Forcing a penalty of their own, a good kick to touch was
found and from the line-out the forwards mauled the ball close to the line.
With inches to go, the pack took drive after drive and once the Hegians
defence was sucked in, the ball was whipped to Will Perfitt out wide to score
his third try in as many games. The ever reliable Tom Egan added the extras.
Scoring chances were few and far between in the first half as both teams
struggled to get good possession in the right areas of the field as defences
and errors snuffed out any real opportunities. But following an impressive 50-22 by the Roundhegians stand-off and a win from the line-out, Laund Hill were adjudged to have been too eager in a ruck, awarding a very kickable penalty to their opponents. Luckily for the home side, the kick was pushed just wide.
Things got worse for Roundhegians on the 27th minute as one of their men
was shown a yellow card for a professional foul – preventing Laund Hill from
taking a quick tap penalty.
Hill should really have taken advantage of the extra man for most of the
remainder of the half, but were just unable to stamp any authority on the
game. At times a lack of composure crept in and the team looked like they
were trying to score with every play. This fed into Hegians hands as their
defence was still solid and forced too many errors from the Huddersfield side.
As the half drew to a close, Roundhegians re-introduced their man from the
sin-bin and numbers were even again. And this seemed to have a big impact
as in the fourth minute of added time, from out of nowhere the visitors broke
downfield and rounded the Laund Hill’s cover defence to score under the
posts to take a 10-12 lead at the break.
Laund Hill now knew that they had a mountain to climb as they have never
won a game all season when they have been losing at half-time. But the
coaches’ main job at the break was to try to reduce any anxiousness and get
the team back to the game plan.
Roundhegians also looked to put the game to bed and had the better share of
possession and territory. So when Laund Hill were awarded a penalty from a
line-out within their opponents half, captain Ed Black had no other choice but
to elect for the kick at goal. Scrum-half Egan stepped up and added the
points with ease.
The Laund Hill pack was now starting to dominate proceedings and the
Hegians pack was going backwards at a rate of knots.
So, when another penalty was awarded close to the Roundhegians line, Black
this time elected to take the scrum.
And it turned out to be an inspired decision as the forwards drove forward the
required distance for number 8, Corby Nasawa, to round-off the powerful try.
Egan added the conversion to take a 17-12 lead.
The second-half was very much about the set-piece as Laund Hill won scrum
after scrum and line-out after line-out.
As the game entered the final five minutes of regular time, Hill forced another
scrum penalty and Black asked Egan to slot over the kick which he duly did.
Now two scores ahead going into the final minutes, there was a danger that
the team would become too comfortable sensing the win. However, after
being in similar positions in games this season and coming out on the wrong
end of the result made sure that team knew that all was still to play for.
Thankfully, the team played with the maturity and composure that has been
missing in some games this season and ensured that they stuck to the game
plan.
Playable conservatively, they maintained possession, but created chances
when they became available.
Six minutes into injury time, the home side forced a goal-line drop-out. The
resulting kick found mercurial Egan on 40 metres who nonchalantly slotted
over a match-winning drop goal.
Despite producing one of the performances of the season, the team know that
they will have to go one better when they play Newcastle Staffs in the 25,000
seater Northern Echo Arena in Darlington next Sunday. The winner being
crowned the Papa John’s Counties 1 North Shield champions.
Planning has already started to ensure that the team are ready for the next
step of their journey and it is hoped that they will be followed by a strong
contingent. A supporters’ coach will be put on for those wishing to shout the lads to
victory, so please keep an eye on the website and social media for more
details throughout the week.

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