Huddersfield Laund Hill – 14 Bramley Phoenix – 11

Laund Hill grind out a hard-fought victory despite lacklustre performance.

On a grey and dreary day at Laund Hill, the club celebrated its annual President’s Day by hosting Bramley Phoenix for the first time in living memory (don’t quote us though).

But the celebrations in the clubhouse didn’t spill out onto the field as the home team were found guilty of a number of offences in the early exchanges, gifting four penalties to Bramley in the opening five minutes.  The last one of which was in easy kickable range, allowing the visitors to take a 3-0 lead.

The home team didn’t seem to learn from their transgressions and fell foul of the referee on a couple of more occasions.  From a quick tap, Bramley raced down field in numbers and just had winger Kyle Sharp to beat.  Standing up to the challenge, Sharp came up with a try saving tackle and luckily for his side, the ball was turned over to relieve the pressure.

With 20 minutes gone, Laund Hill had their first real attack of the game and the dominant scrum earned a penalty within range.  Unfortunately, Tom Egan pushed the kick wide and Bramley were once again able to get out of their own half.

As the half went on, Laund Hill conceded more penalties allowing Bramley to have the upper hand.

When they forced a goal-line drop-out, it looked like Laund Hill were clinging on and would be lucky to get to the break without conceding any more points.

However, with just a couple of minutes left of the half, they were able to string a number of phases together to starve Bramley of further possession.  Succumbing to the pressure, Bramley conceded a penalty and a quick tap edged Laund Hill close to the line.  From this position, the forwards took over with a number of quick pick and drives.  Prop forward Sean Barrett collected the ball just inches from the line and was unstoppable as he dived over for the try.  Egan added the extras.

At half-time, the coaches asked to see an improvement in the discipline and structure but as the second half started, more penalties were conceded.  One being for a high-tackle in front of the posts which Bramley converted to take them to within one point.

Holding onto the lead, Laund Hill launched an attack on half-way and looked to get the ball out to the wing.  However, a Bramley knock-on was adjudged to have been deliberate and the offending player was shown the first yellow card of the game.

With the extra man, Laund Hill should really have taken advantage.  Unfortunately, yet more indiscipline crept in and when Tom Dalton gave away a penalty at the break-down, the referee had had enough and showed him a yellow card.

This cost his side dearly as Bramley got close to the Laund Hill line, earned another penalty and beat the defence to score a try to take them back into the lead.

As the game moved into the final quarter, chances were few and far between.

Another Laund Hill penalty was missed and Kyle Sharp went close following a cross-field kick but it wasn’t until the final five minutes that they were able to put together numerous phases of play.

This caused Bramley a lot of problems and put them on the back-foot.  Conceding a cynical penalty, they were once again shown a yellow card and on this occasion, it did work in Laund Hill’s favour.

A late surge saw the home team held-up over the line and Bramley were unable to clear the ball far enough down-field to relieve the pressure.  As Laund Hill worked their way close to the line once again, and as the clock ticked into the final minute, Archie Walsh took the ball down an undefended blind-side and dived over for the match-winning try.

Despite claiming another victory and being just one win off second place, the story of the game is the 21 penalties that the side conceded with head coach James Tindall demanding an improvement before next week’s coach trip to Ripon.

 

Match-day Squad:

Egan, Sharp K, Evans, Longley, Burns-Smith, Earnshaw, Vernon; Burt, Hill, Barrett, Dalton, Black (c), Watson, Bender, Nasaqa.

Replacements:  Walsh, Geisler, Crotty

Man of the Match:  Corby Nasaqa

 

Reporter: Dale Earnshaw

Main Sponsors

Partners

Player Sponsors

Gallery

VIEW MORE

SOCIAL MEDIA

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW OUR FACEBOOK PAGE!

🖤❤️ We are FAMILY! ❤️🖤It’s the Baxter’s! Husband and Wife duo Will and Beth, both represented the club with distinction this year! Will continued in his role as Roses 1XV Coach, as well as getting involved as one of Santas elves at the Minis Christmas Party! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
Unfortunately, due to the deluge of rain we have had over the past 24 hours, our fields are currently waterlogged. Therefore, we have had to make the decision to cancel tonight's Tough Rugby session.Hopefully, summer will return before next week!! ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
❤️🖤 Kids Rugby ❤️🖤Our awesome Minis are back training at Laund Hill this Sunday.We’re welcoming Girls and Boys currently in primary school to come along and give rugby a TRY!No prior experience necessary - come and join in the FUN at our welcoming, family friendly club!Contact AJ on 07709347853 or email DoR@HLHRUFC.co.uk for more details ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook
❤️🖤 We are FAMILY! ❤️🖤Today it’s the turn of the Earnshaw’s - Sue, Dale and son Luke all proudly represented the club on the pitch this season, Sue with the Roses 1XV, Dale in the Nomads and Luke the men’s 1XV!Dale is also the men’s 1XV Manager, long term member of the committee, former Nomads Captain and former Junior / Colts Coach, whilst Luke was Groundsman for a number of years before being lured away by Sheffield Wednesday FC!In addition, Dale’s Dad - Chris, played for the club in the late 60s as a member of the successful Tigers side. He was then talked into coaching the juniors when he took Dale up to the club 40 years ago next season. He was also a long serving committee member and 2nd XV manager. ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

4 days ago

*MuscleFood Partnership*We’re delighted to announce our new partnership with MuscleFood and their affiliated products “Prepped Pots” and “Goal Plans”. The Partnership means that all purchases made through the below links will result in a kickback for the Rugby Club. So if you’re a regular user of their service then please use these links for future purchases and if not then why not have a browse of the website. Muscle Food: www.musclefood.com/BUILD-HLHPrepped Pots: www.preppedpots.com/BUILD-HLHGoal Plans: www.goalplans.com/BUILD-HLHUse Code: BUILD-HLH at checkout ... See MoreSee Less
View on Facebook

HOW TO FIND US