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Rotherham Phoenix 2
Hallamshire
Tries
R Shipley, A Brown, D Hasnip, J Hopkinson, L Wilson
Conversions
E Coombes
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Rotherham Phoenix 0 – 27 Hallamshire RUFC

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Hallamshire start the season with a hard-earned win

The Red and Black of Hallamshire began this season’s campaign with an away game at Rotherham Phoenix at Herringthorpe Playing fields. The team going into the game had been through rigorous pre-season fitness work at the hands of Coaches Heggarty and Fogg and were looking fresh. A strong bench of new and returning faces ready to finish the game if needed. Hallamshire’s captain elect Cramphorn leading the team.
Play got underway with Hallamshire receiving the kick off from Rotherham, the first exchanges were a statement for the rest of the game with Hallamshire probing and battering their way into the opposition half. Teddy Coombes (sponsored by Value Adding) bossing the backs into shape and linking well with centres Berkis and Brown. Hallamshire moved the ball across the field well and an early chance from a cross field kick for wing Hasnip (Value Adding) was denied by some brave tackling from the Rotherham full back. It was only 10 minutes in though before Hallamshire broke the deadlock with Prop Rhys Shipley powering over in the maul for the try. The conversion from out wide was missed.
Hallamshire again gathered the restart and made inroads to the Rotherham half, a spilt ball however was pounced on by the home side and the winger broke for the try line. However his inexperience led to him running the ball over the dead ball line and gave Hallamshire a let off. Hallamshire went on the attack again and a ball played off the floor bounced behind centre Brown who gathered it in one hand behind him before powering over for the second try of the day, Coombes came close but couldn’t dial the conversion in. Hallamshire lead 10-0. After some solid scrummaging work Rotherham again got ball in hand but managed to concede a penalty on Hallamshire’s try line. The men in red and black taking the initiative with wing Hasnip battering through the opposition line to score. 15-0
Flanker Lee then had to leave the field with an ankle injury and was replaced by L. Wilson. Who immediately brought his own brutish style to the game. Hallamshire very much on the front foot then lost second row Macgrego with an injury introducing Hopkinson to the fray. The selection committee’s game plan going out of the window.
Half time brought a chance for Hallamshire to reflect on the solid nature of their game and the liquid nature of Coombes’ growing blisters. Alex Brown went on at prop with Sam Rigby (Ashoka 1967) making way. Coach ‘Teach’ Helliwell imporing more of the same and bolstered by prop Z.Wilson’s words.
The second half began the same way as the first, Hallamshire dominating the ball in hand and now making set pieces hard on Rotherham. Alex Brown storming in his first game at prop and letting his opposite number know he was there. After a concerted effort and some missed chances on the wing the next try came through Hopkinson, with cries from sideline of ‘unbelievable Jeff’ as he powered through. Rotherham’s heads were down and Hallamshire were looking the stronger more disciplined team. Every attack looked dangerous but after some concerted forward pressure it was Liam Wilson who ignored the overlap and crashed over for the fifth and final try of the day. Coombes managed to dial his kicking in and converted making the score 27- 0 to the red and black. The game played out with some solid Hallamshire scrums with Rigby (Ashoka 1967) making a nuisance of himself at hooker and Hopkinson switching to 8 as Hallamshire stalwart Dan Hickey left the field with a dead leg.
The whistle blew, the boys shook hands. A great start to the season. On to Thorne next week…

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Key moments

10:00
Try Rhys Shipley scores for Hallamshire
20:00
Try Adam Brown scores for Hallamshire
30:00
Try David Hasnip scores for Hallamshire
60:00
Try Jeff Hopkinson scores for Hallamshire
70:00
Try Liam Wilson scores for Hallamshire
71:00
Conversion Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire

Highlights

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71:00 Conversion 0 - 27
Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire
70:00 Try 0 - 25
Liam Wilson scores for Hallamshire
60:00 Try 0 - 20
Jeff Hopkinson scores for Hallamshire
41:00 Sub On
Alex Brown is substituted on for Hallamshire
41:00 Sub On
Andrew Yarlett is substituted on for Hallamshire
End of period 1
30:00 Try 0 - 15
David Hasnip scores for Hallamshire
30:00 Sub On
Jeff Hopkinson is substituted on for Hallamshire
25:00 Sub On
Liam Wilson is substituted on for Hallamshire
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Adam Brown scores for Hallamshire
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Rhys Shipley scores for Hallamshire
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As it happened

  • Rotherham Phoenix 2
  • Hallamshire
  • 0
  • Rhys Shipley Try 10:00'
  • Adam Brown Try 20:00'
  • Liam Wilson Sub On 25:00'
  • David Hasnip Try 30:00'
  • Jeff Hopkinson Sub On 30:00'
  • Alex Brown Sub On 41:00'
  • Andrew Yarlett Sub On 41:00'
  • Jeff Hopkinson Try 60:00'
  • Liam Wilson Try 70:00'
  • Edward Coombes Conversion 71:00'

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Team selection

Richards, Nick Richards, Nick
Salter, Tom Salter, Tom
Brown, Adam Brown, Adam
Berkis, Jem Berkis, Jem
Hasnip, David Hasnip, David
Coombes, Edward Coombes, Edward
Drewell, Sam Drewell, Sam
Hickey, Dan Hickey, Dan
Lee, Llywelyn Lee, Llywelyn
Heggarty, Richard Heggarty, Richard
Cramphorn, Iain Cramphorn, Iain
Macgregor, Robbie Macgregor, Robbie
Wilson, Zack Wilson, Zack
Rigby, Sam Rigby, Sam
Shipley, Rhys Shipley, Rhys

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Sheffield 3 25 105
2. Barnsley 2 24 99
3. Dinnington 3 23 88
4. Hallamshire 19 70
5. Thornensians 2 22 69
6. Yorkshire Main 21 64
7. Wheatley Hills 2 11 33

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