Loughborough 4 Halifax ERA 54

Halifax ERA win convincingly at Midlands Hurricanes, Loughborough College | 18/10/2017

HALIFAX blasted their way to the top of the College Premier Division with an 11-try victory over a Loughborough College side who are also known as the Midlands Hurricanes.

(Report by Paul English)

It was a third consecutive victory for the Elite Rugby Academy that took the Halifax side to the top of the table prior to what will be an extended half-term break for the visitors.

They now have two weeks to prepare for the visit of Bishop Burton to their home base at Siddal’s Chevin Edge ground.

For the trip to the Midlands coaches Gareth and Lee Greenwood handed debuts to Daniel Vesely and Brandon Godward. With Jordan Paga injured Fin Hickey moved to halfback with Sam Smith at fullback.

It didn’t take long for regular centre Myles Harrop to put his name on the scoresheet as Halifax scored from their first set of possession and then, after Smith went close on the right, he grabbed his second following a kick from Ethan Egerton-Sharp. Both tries went unconverted.

It was another kick that again opened the Midlanders defence, a short kick from Egerton-Sharp being pounced upon by Hickey. Egerton-Sharp converted this try and their fourth which came in the 18th minute.

Second rower Tyler Dupree made the break and passed to winger Dakota Whylie. He juggled the ball before rounding the home defence as Halifax finished the first quarter with a 20-point advantage.

It had been one-way traffic until Oscar Stone made a superb break down the right for the hosts. Fullback Smith committed a professional foul as he slowed down the home attack, referee Joe Foxon despatching Smith to the sin-bin for a 10-minute rest.

Loughborough quickly took advantage with their fullback Ethan Cole managing to ground the ball on the left for their only score of the match. They did have more moments with Cameron Stewart prominent in one sweeping move.

Seb Blanco and Titus Gwaze both figured strongly as the visitors added to their tally with Harvey Williams powering over on the right from close range.

Hickey was forced into a fine cover tackle as the Midlanders battled hard but it was Halifax who scored twice. On a move from the scrum Brad Clarkson was involved in a run-around move that saw Whylie grab his second try. Then, after Hickey was stopped, Williams once again powered over for a 32-4 interval lead.

Loughborough start the second half brightly with halfback Stewart held up.

But it was Halifax who extended their lead as Whylie and Dupree powered forward for the visitors. Prop Jack Stevenson was stopped inches short before Dupree stepped the home defence to run over.

After an error by the Loughborough side the ball was moved to the right for winger Whylie to complete his hat-trick. Sub Vesely kicked the first of his three conversions.

He also looked a likely try scorer before knocking on in the corner after Loughborough had allowed a kick from Egerton-Sharp to bounce.

However, Halifax continued to add to their tally with Williams scoring a trademark try – again from short range – and sub Brandon Godward also powering over from short range after Harrop had been stopped inches short.

Vesely again looked a scorer in the closing moments but referee Foxon ruled that the pass had gone forward.

 

LOUGHBOROUGH COLLEGE: 1 Ethan Cole; 2 Danny Cartledge, 3 Lewis Elliman, 18 Luke Davies, 5 Zak Fellows; 6 Cameron Stewart, 7 Josh Hodson; 8 James Hague, 9 Ed Barker, 10 Stephen Hunt, 11 Oscar Stone, 12 Ross Chapman, 13 Joshua Jackson. Subs: 14 Max Coniam, 15 Myles Kennelly, 16 Bill Lee.

 

Tries: Cole (27)

Goals: Stewart 0/1

 

HALIFAX ERA: 1Sam Smith; 2 Rourke Woolley, 3 Jack McMillan, 4 Myles Harrop, 5 Dakota Whylie; 6 Finley Hickey, 7 Ethan Egerton-Sharp; 8 Jack Stevenson, 9 Seb Blanco, 10 Joslin Landu, 11 Harvey Williams, 12 Tyler Dupree, 13 Titus Gwaze. Subs: 14 Daniel Vesely, 15 Brad Clarkson, 16, Brandon Godward, 17 Dylan Harley-Poulton.

 

Tries: Harrop (3, 9), Hickey (14), Whylie (18, 38, 59), Williams (32, 40, 67), Dupree (50), Godward (75)

Goals: Egerton-Sharp 2/7, Vesely 3/4

 

REFEREE: Joe Foxon.

 

Men of the Match: 3pts  Dakota Whylie; 2 Titus Gwaze; 1 Harvey Williams