Huddersfield Rugby Union suffer their first loss of the season 34-14, to Otley, in the Quarter-final of the Yorkshire Cup.
Otley who play their Rugby in National 2 North, were ruthless and clinical in the second half and didn’t allow Huddersfield a way back into the game.
Going in at Half-time 17-14 down, there didn’t look like there was a division between the two sides. Head Coach, Gareth Lewis believes his side could have been leading at halftime, “We missed a few opportunities following some good line breaks if there was support on the shoulder of the ball carrier it could have been a different score at half-time.”
Nick Sharpe was Sin-binned after 20 minutes for continuous infringements. In the 10 minutes, he was off the field Otley capitalised and were rewarded a penalty try and scored another.
Field’s tries came either side of Otley’s two. Firstly, the returning Dan Jeffrey, fainted to pass and broke the line to try under the posts. Secondly, Tom Owen received the ball from the lineout and skipped past two players, before stumbling over the line to try.
Failing to register a single point in the second half, Lewis admits his side failed to play to their potential. “As players and coaches, we must be better although it’s frustrating that we didn’t play to our potential.”
Otley managed to add 3 more tries in the second half, all coming in the left-hand corner. The first coming five minutes after the restart, as they moved the ball quickly to the left-hand side allowing winger Paul Petchey to score. (22-14)
Petchey tried again after benefiting from an Otley scrum on Huddersfield’s 22, managing to keep himself in touch to get his second of the game. (27-14)
With 10 minutes to go Otley got the last try of the game as replacement Alex Beaumont broke through the line with a burst of pace to give Otley their fifth try of the game. (34-14)
Lewis acknowledges Otley’s attributes and what is expected of Huddersfield if they get promotion to National 2 North. “It’s clear to see the level of intensity, physicality and accuracy required to be a National 2 side and that’s what we aspire to be. we’re going to learn from this experience, although we were beaten by a better team”
Lewis added: “We’ll use this opportunity to reflect and come back stronger and prepare for six big games. Boys, within the squad won’t be happy with their performance today, so I’m expecting a backlash against Lymm next Saturday.”