5th November 2017, 13:13 | university
By Dan Richardson
Leeds Beckett played host to Newcastle in the Premier North this week, after an early try they went on to win 62-6.
The home team were strong defensively, conceding just the one try from Newcastle’s Billy Sturdy, which was then converted by Matt Hogg. The man-of-the-match for the away side was given to Agnel Ahbo, but it was Leeds Beckett who stole the show.
They crossed ten times, four through Sion Jones and four more split evenly between Jake Seymour and Jacob Morgan. The final two were scored by Josh Hamilton and Leeds’ man-of-the-match, Jack Lazenby.
Both Sam Druce and James Woodburn-Hall were successful with the conversions. Their coach, Paul Fletcher, said: “We got off to a good start, scoring on the second set which set the tone for the game.
“Newcastle found it difficult to cope with the tempo. However, they didn’t give up and were rewarded with a late score.”
A similar score line was seen as Northumbria took on Leeds University, with the home side winning 68-6 after another very solid defensive display.
Leeds’ one try was scored and also converted by Harry Aaronson, but Ben Stevens was given the man-of-the-match. Meanwhile, Northumbria scored a total of 13 tries but their man-of-the-match, Jed Charlton, only crossed once.
Alex Young scored four tries and Dan Simpson got two, the other six were from six different try scorers. These were Alex Clegg, Jack Quinn, Liam Richmond, Sam Blake, Adam Bielby and Charlie Fothergill. Eight conversions were kicked by Dan Coates.
The final match in the Premier North saw Hull face Nottingham, this fixture ended with another home win as the match finished 52-10.
Hull’s Sam Wilkinson-Pycock scored a hat-trick with Kyle Saunders crossing twice, the pair were awarded a joint man-of-the-match for their side. Nathan Hill also scored two while Reece Carr and David Kitenge got one each, Kieran Smith only missed the one conversion.
The Hull coach, Richard Tate, said: “That’s what these Hull University lads can do when they put their minds to it. We were willing to work hard for each other and we produced a great defensive effort. Our challenge now is to back this performance up next week.”
Their opponents, Nottingham, managed just two tries through Fergus Powell and Eddy Daly with Gaz Whitfield kicking one conversion. Nottingham’s man-of-the-match was given to Sam Adejumo.