Challenge Cup: Dewsbury gain quick revenge to knock Hawks out of the cup

Kieran Hyde
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HUNSLET HAWKS crashed out of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup as neighbours Dewsbury gained revenge for their recent league defeat with a 31-16 win.

The Rams started this fifth round encounter powerfully, taking the lead just six minutes in when Anthony Thackeray broke the line and sent Matthew Haggerty over the whitewash. Kieran Hyde added the goal. The Hawks countered quickly though, Charlie Martin helping to create a break before releasing Liam Mackay who scored under the posts, with Simon Brown converting.

But both sides then struggled to build any real momentum, though the Hawks looked slightly the stronger, with Brown’s fantastic kicking game keeping the Rams in their own half.

Great play earned the Hawks a penalty in the 31st minute and having elected to take the to take the two points the wind became a factor as Brown’s kick just sailed wide.

The miss seemed to spur the Rams on, who countered through Scott Hale who fed James Delaney and he beat three men on his way to the line, Hyde again converting. Hyde then added a superb long-range penalty to make it 14-6 at the break.

Dewsbury increased their lead on 55 minutes through Jason Crookes, converted by Hyde and five minutes later they went in again as Makali Aizue crashed over by the posts to leave Hyde with a simple conversion.

Luke Briscoe opened the door to a comeback five minutes later, but Hyde landed a drop goal before Charlie Martin’s four-pointer, improved by Brown reduced the gap, but as time ran out, Dewsbury’s Aaron Brown added a final touchdown, with Hyde again goaling.

Hunslet: Watson, Duckworth, Briscoe, Maun, Barnett, Brown, Kain, Mulhern, Lee, Brennan, Casey, Martin, Mackay. Subs: Flanagan, Mvududu, Haley, Lyons.

Dewsbury: Hyde, Morton, Crookes, Beckett, Grant, Brown, Thackeray, Jackson, Wildie, Haggarty, Spicer, Hale, Adamson. Subs: Aizue, Smith, Farrell, Delaney.

Attendance: 536