ARL round up: Irish dumped out of Fee Cup

Gareth Nicholson in action for Stainland
Gareth Nicholson in action for Stainland
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Holders Irish crashed out of the Fee Halifax Cup at the quarter-final stage with a 14-4 home defeat by Stainland Stags.

The young visiting side always looked the likely victors thanks to massive tackling stints from pack leader Danny Whiteley, Chris Cullimore, Dan Williams and Shaun Whiteley.

Phil Taylor pulled the strings in the number six shirt and talented backs Tom Brook, Tom Williams, Will Jordan and Bradley Noble tore holes in the Irish defence.

Stags opened the scoring when Paul Davies made a surging run and sent Dan Williams and Shaun Whiteley through for Wayne Roper to scamper 30 yards to the corner.

Stags played some superb rugby in spite of heavy rain, doubling their lead to 8-0 when Gareth Nicholson and Cullimore paved the way for loose forward Shaun Whiteley to charge through.

Whiteley then had a second try disallowed after a Tom Williams run.

Davies had a try chalked off after the break and the visitors then had to defend for four sets with Craig Fairhurst, Jack Brown and Noble to the fore.

Eventually the pressure told and Irish scored a well-worked try.

Stags lifted their game. Jordan and Jay McCullouch powered forward and set up the position for the Williams brothers to link up and Davies stormed through from 30 yards and took the fullback over the line with him next to the posts. Taylor converted.

Irish threw everything but the kitchen sink at Stags, who held firm for probably the best win in their 33-year history.

In the Andrew Bennett Memorial Trophy, Siddal ran out 20-10 winners against King Cross Park, leading 16-0 at half time before James Thorpe’s late try sealed victory.

Illingworth survived elements and a spirited Boothtown side to progress into round two of the Joe Fee Memorial Cup with a 14-0 victory on Terriers turf, Adam Millns (2) and Andrew McElroy with the tries.

At Spring Rock, Greetland ran out 30-26 winners over Wibsey, with centre Pete Duggan notching a crucial hat trick for the home side.