MORLEY 14-60 HRUFC – MATCH REPORT

Huddersfield RUFC extended their unbeaten record to 23 league victories with a convincing 60-14 victory away to Morley.

Head coach Gareth Lewis expected Morley to be a tough test, however with three tries in the opening 10 minutes, Field controlled the game from then on.

Lewis added, “We came out of the blocks in the opening minutes, scoring three tries which set the tone for the afternoon.”

Huddersfield managed 10 tries, with Brandon Conway, Danny Grainger and Lewis Workman getting braces, with Chris Bell, Nick Sharpe, Tom Owen and Joel Hinchliffe also getting over the whitewash.

Lewis was pleased with how his side have managed to keep themselves motivated, despite virtually winning the league title,

“I was really pleased with the boys today, it’s been tough mentally over the past couple of weeks to keep the motivation high”

Scrum-half, Hinchliffe opened the scoring with a clever faint pass, to break the line. (0-5)

A minute later, Conway went over, after a quick switch in play allowed Conway to be free on the left-hand side and get over. Bell converted (0-12)

Grainger, Workman and Bell got the other tries in the first half to make the score 0-33.

On the stroke of half-time, Morleys’ South African full back, Dante Van der Merwe broke the line with blistering pace and Conway stopped an almost certain try with an illegal tackle, which resulted in a 10-minute sin-binning for Conway.

Sharpe opened the scoring in the second half, after Owen and Bradley broke the line, allowing Sharpe to score.

The other four tries, all came in similar fashion, scoring on the left-hand wing.

Morleys team was different from when they last played Huddersfield and Lewis didn’t know what they were up against,

“Their team was changed a lot from when we played them last, so they were an unknown quantity I guess.”

Lewis was pleased with the performances from Second row, Austen Thompson and Workman,

“We made good inroads with intelligent running lines, I thought Lewis Workman hit some great lines.t we were very physical and we took our chances today.”

Lewis was happy with how Field performed in the set-pieces and when he knew his side were dominant in that it allowed Huddersfield to control the game.

“I thought our scrummage was very strong and our line-out was consistent and accurate throughout the game. Once you’ve got the set-piece nailed you’re always going to be on the front foot.”

Lewis added: “The backs moved the ball with pace and scored some tries.”

Huddersfield hadn’t conceded a point up to the 65-minute point and Lewis was hoping his side could keep their opponents scoreless for the second game in a row, “I was hoping we could keep under that 200 against mark, we gave away a couple of sloppy tries at the end because of a lapse in concentration, so that was disappointing but you can’t criticise the boys too much.”

However, winning that emphatically pleased the coach,

“On the whole you have to be happy with the end score”

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