Hunslet Hawks: Coyle hands credit for drop-goal win to team-mates

Thomas Coyle celebrates scoring the Hawks third try with Danny Ansell and David March.  PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Thomas Coyle celebrates scoring the Hawks third try with Danny Ansell and David March. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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MATCH-WINNING STAND-OFF Thomas Coyle handed credit for the kick which earned Hunslet Hawks promotion to team-mates Danny Ansell and Liam Hood.

Man of the match Coyle landed a golden-point drop goal in yesterday’s Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final against Oldham, at Headingley Carnegie.

That came after a break by Liam Hood and from Ansell’s pass, six minutes into sudden-death extra time.

Coyle said: “It was great work from Danny there. He could have tried it again – he had two chances before – but that was the biggest play of the game from Danny.

“It wasn’t my drop goal; it was that composure from Danny and Hoody with his 30-metre break that won the game basically. I just had to kick it.

“I knew I’d got it. I hit it sweet and ran off before it actually went over.”

Coyle’s kick sealed a 17-16 win, after the sides had been deadlocked 16-16 after 80 minutes.

Coyle said: “It doesn’t get much better than that. Games like that are what we play for.

“We train all year to play in a Grand Final like this and it makes it even better to win it like that; it was so dramatic. It was good for the fans and great for the game.

“It’s the best day of my career so far. I’ve been to two finals and lost two and today was absolutely brilliant.”

Hunslet missed with three attempted drop goals in normal time and one in sudden-death before Coyle’s winner.

Coach Barry Eaton said: “In extra-time we talked about keeping our composure and if a drop goals presents itself take it, but if we get an opportunity to score a try go for it.

“Young Liam Hood made a break – and he was outstanding for us again – and Danny Ansell showed great composure to not risk the kick when he was under pressure. It is something you can practice during the week, but in the heat of the battle that goes out of the window. Danny showed great composure to find Tom, who had put himself in a fantastic position and we got the win.”

Of yesterday’s final, Eaton said: “We started chasing a few passes and spilled a lot of ball and when we made some inroads we tended to make an error. But credit to Oldham. They wouldn’t go away and that made it a fantastic spectacle.”

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