West Hull 12
Siddal progressed into tomorrow’s third round draw of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with an emphatic victory over old rival West Hull.
Siddal’s first try came after 10 minutes when scrum half Chris Brooke sent centre Matt Batley over the whitewash.
West Hull replied well, resulting in a try from stand off Matt Plummer who wriggled his way over. Mark Hewitt converted to edge West ahead at 4-6 after quarter of an hour.
The home side began to get the upper hand with forwards Simeon Hoyle, Gareth English and Chris Geoghegan making the West defence work overtime.
Siddal soon regained the lead after a superbly timed pass from Shaun Garrod who sent centre Ross Coates over the line. Blackburn added the extras. Brooke’s inside ball then found Scott Law who made no mistake, Blackburn converting to give Siddal breathing space at 16-6.
Scott Caley looked comfortable taking the testing high kicks from Wests playmaker Mark Hewitt before the visitors struck back when Plummer scored his second try after showing a turn of pace to slice through the defence to touch down. Hewitt converted.
Siddal did not waste any time in responding and four minutes before the interval Brooke’s cross field kick was caught by Blackburn who raced over the line. Blackburn converted from the touchline, to give Siddal a 22-12 interval lead.
Two minutes into the second half young winger Emerson Newburn made a break which set up the platform for Siddal to keep the ball alive, resulting in Coates sending Blackburn crossing over in the corner.
The Siddal pack continued to wear down the tiring West defence with Liam Green, Steve Illingworth and Nick Smith to the fore.
Centre Coates crossed for his second try after racing onto a Garrod ball. Blackburn added the extras to give the home side a commanding 32-12 lead.
Four minutes later Garrod broke clear and drew West full back Danny Swales to send Smith in for a try. Blackburn again added the goal.
Law crossed the line to the left of the posts for his second try on 67 minutes. Blackburn added another conversion before Law completed his hat trick after following up a high kick from Garrod which was spilled by the West Hull defence.. Blackburn added the goal to give Siddal a 50-12 lead.
On 72 minutes second rower Geoghegan made a break down the centre, resulting in Batley crossing over for a deserved second try.
Blackburn made no mistake with the conversion before Steve Hope wrapped up the try-scoring after a set move, Blackburn adding the final kick.