Sheffield Eagles 28 Hunslet 14: Hawks pay hefty price for sloppy defending

Charlie Martin and Hunslet's director of rugby Darren Williams.
Charlie Martin and Hunslet's director of rugby Darren Williams.
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Having an extra man for 40 minutes wasn’t enough for Hunslet as they paid the price for sloppy defending against third in the table Sheffield.

Misi Taulapapa made an impact on the first half with two tries before being shown a red card in the final minute before half-time. He touched down a short chip kick by Kyle Briggs before scoring a second from Keal Carlile’s flat pass. Pat Walker kicked both the goals

The winger’s involvement ended when he appeared to push his head into the face of Hunslet’s George Flanagan with seconds of the half remaining. Danny Ansell kicked the penalty for Hunslet, who have bolstered their ranks with the capture of former Castleford academy forward Charlie Martin.

Sheffield’s 12-men stretched their lead with a try from Quentin Laulu-Togagae after the restart but Hunslet seemed in with a chance when Rob Mulhern twisted over.

Again Hunslet’s slack defending cost them as Michael Knowles’ curving run took him in. Flanagan fooled the Eagles defence from a tap penalty with Danny Ansell kicking his third goal before Sheffield found an extra gear in the final minutes.

Briggs settled the game, sweeping in to give Walker an easy fourth goal.

Sheffield: Laulu-Togagae; Turner, Yere, Smeaton, Taulapapa; Briggs, Aston; Battye, Carlile, Tonks, Knowles, Davies, Walker. Subs: Davey, Stringer, Roberts, Thorpe.

Hunslet: Watson; Finigan, Keinhorst, Maun, Duckworth, Brown,Ansell; Yates, Lee, Brennan, Casey. Walters, Mackay. Subs: Flanagan, Haley, Mulhern, Briscoe.

Referee: Chris Leatherbarrow.

Attendance: 1,136.