Hanson’s early try paves road to victory for hot Rangers

Greetland Rangers under 17s made it a league double over Underbank Rangers, running out 28–18 victors.

In ideal conditions, both teams looked to dominate with Greetland just having the edge in the early exchanges. This led to some good field position for the visitors allowing the strong running James Hanson to power over for the first points. Greetland continued to press and a high kick was claimed superbly by Connor Farnell, who scored to make it 10-0.

Greetland looked like building a healthy lead as Luke Sugden and James Turner made great yards whilst Daniel Collier, Corey Smith and George Hulme cancelled out any threats with some great tackles.

Underbank broke through to score a converted try to reduce Greetland’s lead to four points and the second half began poorly for Greetland and they began to drop off tackles, something that contributed to a second Underbank try which they converted to snatch the lead for the first time.

That lead only lasted a few seconds , as the restart was caught by Hanson and he barged his way to within 10 metres of the home teams try line where a quick play of the ball allowed Turner to speed through the desperate defence and score under the posts.

Great tackling from Harry Bakes and Iain Dale began to make things look much more solid in defence whilst runs from Jordan Healey and Warren Thwaite continued to sap the home team’s strength.

Harry Latham then fooled the Underbank middle when he scooted in from close range and soon after Callum Dunne found space after a diagonal run that allowed him to cross for Greetland’s fifth try. Dunne’s fourth conversion made it 28–12 to the visitors.

Jarrett Rickman, making a welcome return after injury, looked assured in Greetland’s fringe defence, whilst Jack Wooley tackled well for the visitors, but they could not assert any further pressure with ball in hand.

Underbank crossed with the last play of the game, the subsequent conversion completing the scoring.

KING Cross Park under 13s found the big pitch at Hunslet Green too energy-sapping as they slipped to a 38-0 defeat by Hunslet Bulls.

Park had to work very hard defensively to prevent the home side, who had some very big players, running amok.

Strong tackling from Tom Metcalfe, Will Sutcliffe, Max Spolverato, Johnny Binns, Azeem Mohammed and Finlay McKenzie repelled wave upon wave of Hunslet attacks but nobody was able to stop the big Hunslet no 14.

as he trundled over from five yards carrying several defenders with him.

The few occasions Park had the ball saw good work from Tom Blakely, Sutcliffe, Spolverato and Connor Brunning as they struggled to make inroads into the home defence. Metcalfe and William Oakes also made good yards from quick play the balls but Hunslet crossed again just before the interval to turn round with a 10-0 lead.

Park needed to score early in the second period to give themselves a chance and went close wide on the right with first Spolverato and then Dylan Hartley-Poulton. However, the home side held firm and then powered upfield to increase their lead.

The effort expended during the first half then started to tell and far too many players began to miss tackles and the last 10 minutes became one way traffic as Park folded and Hunslet ran in four late tries.

SIDDAL’S enthusiastic defence provided the platform for another good display in the Yorkshire Junior ARL’s summer league, beating Acorn 30-4.

Man of the match Leland Heslop opened the scoring after a flowing move involving Cameron Thurlow and Keaton Brocklehurst. Finley Hickey converted.

York scored an unconverted try after Siddal’s only missed tackle of the game but props Conner Moss and Joe Brayshaw were to the fore for the hosts, who went 12-4 ahead when hooker Bradley Regan set up Heslop to touch down from a planned move and Hickey converted.

Henry Turner and Jamie Greenwood made probing runs to get the backs involved and Lewis Armstrong and Callum Holroyd sent ran gy second rower Heslop in to complete his hat-trick for a 16-4 interval score.

The second half was a tight contest with Jordan Patterson and Tom Bernard defending well for Siddal.

Fullback Callum Holroyd saw space on the blind side and darted over from 30 yards to score in the corner.

Lawrence Okanga linked up with Hickey to send Lewis Hoyle in from 35 yards and Regan and Greenwood sent stand off Hickey in under the posts. Hickey converted.

Siddal defended well to the last with Holroyd, Heslop and Moss keeping the line intact.