Hunslet: Two tries in final seven minutes signal end of the line for Hawks

Hunslet try scorer Vinny Finigan.
Hunslet try scorer Vinny Finigan.
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Halifax scored two tries in the final seven minutes to secure a crucial 32-24 Championship win over Hunsletay.

Richard Marshall’s side, who had led 20-18 at the break, were trailing 24-20 to a Vinny Finigan try as the clock ticked down.

But captain Scott Murrell finished off fine approach play from Ben Kaye and Dane Manning and then converted to put them 26-24 ahead, before full-back James Saltonstall sealed victory with a long-range solo effort, Murrell on target with the final kick of the game. The home side had taken the lead when Tyrer and Murrell carved out a try in the corner for winger Alex Brown.

Rob Mulhern and Jimmy Watson scored back-to-back to put the visitors 12-4 ahead after 20 minutes. Halifax’ replied with a trio of quick-fire tries from Ben Heaton, Chris Taylor, and Tyrer leaving them 20-12 ahead.

Jimmy Keinhorst created a walk-in for Briscoe in the corner, Simon Brown kicking his third conversion to leave the contest poised at 20-18.

Finigan then put the Hawks ahead, Brown again on target, but Halifax were not to be denied.

Halifax: Saltonstall; Brown, Heaton, Tyrer, Potts; Taylor, Murrell; Cahalane, Kaye, Ambler, Divorty, Manning, Fairbank. Subs: Robinson, Spencer, Moore, Maneely

Hunslet: Watson; Barnett, Briscoe, Maun, Finigan; Brown, Kain; Mulhern, Flanagan, Lyons, Keinhorst, Backhouse, Mackay. Subs: Ansell, Martin, Brennan, Mvududu

Referee: Dave Merrick. Attendance: 1,540.