In one of the most anticipated fixtures of the season, Hunslet beat Kippax 26-40 in a well-contested tie between two high quality sides.
Following the easter break, both teams were looking to get a crucial two points in the spring sunshine.
The game was an arm wrestle from the first set, with both teams looking ferocious in attack and lethal in defence.
Harry Shackleton made an early breakthrough for the Warriors, spotting space behind the defence, Shackleton followed up his short grubber kick to ground the ball over the whitewash. Converting his own try, the half back had given Hunslet the lead.
Kippax responded with two quick tries from Olly Adamson and Ellis Longstaff to give the green and golds a 12-6 lead, but a brace of tries from Robbie Davidson made sure the Warriors regained their lead.
Off the back of creative offloads and driving plays, Davidson fended off defenders, opening up the space for the centre to charge his way over to score.
Davidson’s second try showed Hunslet’s style and creativity.
A chip by Shackleton was collected by Rhys Greenall who, in turn, lashed the ball back into the field of play.
Grasping his opportunity, Davidson used his pace and power to shrug off the Kippax full back to score under the sticks.
The Warriors headed to the sheds leading 12-16.
Kippax came out for the last 30 minutes with the words of coach Danny Burton ringing in their ears.
Longstaff produced the break through his team were looking for, charging over the whitewash to score. Barton kept his confident kicking making the score 18-16.
The lead didn’t last long though as Hunslet went back on the attack. A penalty against Kippax gave the Warriors position from which to mount an offensive. Joe Maloney benefited from poor defence and gaps created by more offloads by the Hunslet forwards to get a six pointer.
Ducking and diving, Maloney scooted over the whitewash. Shackleton converted giving Hunslet some breathing space, the score 18-22.
Cameron Kilbride extended the Warriors lead further. From the kick off, a wide pass opened up the space for Kilbride to run through, beating defenders to cross the whitewash. Shackleton made light work of a touchline conversion to give Hunslet a 10-point advantage.
More possession came Hunslet’s way from Kippax errors. Taking the field position, Greenall threw a blinding pass for Tyler Dargan. Sprinting away from green defenders, Dargan wasn’t going to be caught as he touched down under the sticks.
James Reeder and Brandon Marsh brought the score back to 26-34 with tries in the corner but Hunslet were to have the last laugh. Following a disallowed try from Danny Edwards, which was deemed a double movement, Shackleton beat the defenders again with a short grubber kick. Planting the ball down under the sticks, the number seven had confirmed a long awaited win for the blues, the final score 26-40.
Next week Hunslet will be looking to carry their form forward against bottom of the league Moldgreen whilst Kippax have a tough away game at Brighouse.
T: Adamson, Longstaff 2, Reeder, Marsh
C: Barton 3/5
Lunn, Dargan, Kilbride, Davidson, Sheen, Maloney, Shackleton, Hambly, Edwards, Hawkhead, Kibidi, D.Naughton, Greenall
Subs: Hartley, Hamilton, Rainey
T: Shackleton 2, Davidson 2, Dargan, Kilbride, Maloney
C: Shackleton 6/8