Siddal set up last four Queens date

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Hunslet Old Boys 0

Siddal 26

Siddal progressed to the semi finals of the BARLA National Cup against Yorkshire Cup holders Hunslet Old Boys.

Hunslet’s discipline was questionable throughout the game, but Siddal’s professional approach pulled them through.

Siddal’s first try of the afternoon came from prop Scott Law who burst on to a Steve Illingworth ball to cross the line between the posts. Gareth Blackburn converted to give his side a 6-0 lead.

The visiting forwards worked hard to make ground into the Hunslet half with Luke Simeunovich, Liam Green and Chris Geoghegan taking the ball into the aggressive defence.

On 14 minutes Law intercepted a loose ball to sprint into the Hunslet half and offloaded to centre Ross Coates who raced over wide out. Blackburn converted to ease Siddal into a 12-0 lead.

Hunslet continued to give away needless penalties against the strong Siddal attack but the score remained 12-0 until the interval.

Five minutes into the second period Scott Caley and Nick Smith combined superbly to send Gareth Blackburn racing down the wing for a try.

Caley was again involved on 50 minutes when sending centre Matt Batley through a gap. He in turn sent his winger Blackburn over in the corner to give his side a convincing 20-0 lead.

Craig Sanderson was instrumental in the next try with a neat kick through the Hunslet defence which Steve Illingworth capitalised on to touch down between the sticks.

Shaun Blackburn converted to ease Siddal into the last four where they will meet old rivals Queens at Chevinedge on April 21.

SIDDAL’S second string fulfilled the club’s National Conference fixture at Leigh Miners Rangers, which had clashed with the club’s trip to Leeds.

Predictably, the difference in standard between the Pennine League and one of the top teams in the Premier Division proved too much to bridge, Miners running out 92-0 winners.

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