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Hawks run riot after half-time for large win

13/07/2014

An insane first 18 minutes of the second half gave Hunslet Hawks a massive win over South Wales Scorpions, just two points off a record defeat for the Welsh.

It was "only" 26-0 at half-time and while the game was secure, no-one would have predicted that the Hawks would have scored 36 points in the third quarter of the game, especially after the Scorpions had shown signs of being there in places in the first half and were just unable to break through the strong home defence.

Hunslet took the lead after a minute when Jimmy Watson sprinted the length on the field to score. Andy Ballard missed the tricky kick.

They extended their lead ten minutes later after Liam Hood dived over from dummy half following a defensive error. Ballard had problems with the conversion this time and at 10-0 on 13 minutes, it was already looking like a long day at the office for the Welsh.

The third try also came from a defensive error after Scorpions had been fighting hard to get back into the game but were constantly denied by the Hawks defence. 

Hunslet won two successive scrums and in the set following the second, Aston Wilson picked up the ball from a kick on the last play to place it in the corner.

Ballard did well to convert as he did from the next try which was in the first set after kick-off. Maun set up skipper David March for that one and the score was 22-0.

And if that wasn't enough, the home side stamped their authority on the game on the stroke of half time with another excellent effort from Hood. The kick was missed but Hawks had done enough to seal the win with 40 to go.

From kick-off, Hawks went try crazy as the Welsh couldn't cope with the onslaught.

They added to their lead from the first set after kick-off. Laim MacKay picked up a grubber. Ballard converted again.

That made it 32-0 and Hawks weren't letting up. John Oakes found a gap to go over for the next score with Ballard again adding the extras.

From a penalty, Wilson ran over for his second of the day. Ballard converted to make the score 44-0.

The 50 came up on 53 minutes through Watson and he completed his hat-trick from kick-off picking up Danny Ansell's chip.

Lewis Reed's try and Ballard's conversion made it 62-0 on 57 minutes.

Hunslet did go for more tries but it was sterling defensive work, especially from Kyle Scrivens and Chris Leyshon that kept the Hawks out for a further 21 minutes.

Just as it looked like that the Scorpions would survive the fourth quarter of the match without conceding, James Hewston pushed his way over from close range with just two minutes to go.

And just to rub salt into the wounds, Oakes stole the ball from mid-air to place it over the line. The last kick of the game was Ballard scoring his 11th goal of the day.

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