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Thornensians 2
J Hopkinson, B Hitchcock, M Duddridge, D Hickey, M Lampard, A Riley, L Majkowski
E Coombes (2)
Sat 9 Feb 14:15 - Yorkshire Merit Tables - Southern Merit Table Full time

Hallamshire win first home game of 2019


Hallamshire Vs. Thornesians

Hallamshire welcomed Thornesians to Bole Hill after a month on the road and inclement weather had kept them away from home. Illness forced late changes with Majkowski being promoted from the bench to replace Captain Cramphorn who passed the armband to century points chasing fly half Coombes. Strong winds and low sun meant conditions were difficult for both teams.
The game kicked off and Hallamshire lost possession to Thornesians in an early ruck. The visitors battered away at Hallamshire’s defence but came up against tackle after tackle, with scrum half Hitchcock seemingly on a mission to tackle every member of the opposition. When the hosts did regain possession strong runs from Hasnip and D. Riley furthered Hallamshire’s cause before a knock on relinquished possession again. Eventually Hallamshire managed to work there way into Thornesians 22 where they conceded a penalty allowing Hopkinson to power through the visitors defence and dot down under the posts to take Hallamshire 7 – 0 up with Coombes slotting the conversion and bringing his personal points tally for the season to the 100 mark.
Thornesians were quick to respond and a series of rucks on the Hallamshire line resulted in level scores 7-7. The visitors opted to play the physical game and a boot to the chest of Macgregor saw an early change in the pack with Lee making the first sub on. Hallamshire started to probe more with strong runs from Hitchcock. Hopkinson and Hasnip testing Thornesians defence. Centre D. Riley using his pace to advance the hosts cause led Hallamshire to strong field position and some quick ruck ball and movement across the field saw Hitchcock battle his way over to score putting the hosts 12-7 ahead at half time with the wind proving too unsettled for the conversion.
Half time brought changes and reversals with Tom Wallis hooking and Shipley moving out to prop. Hallamshire stalwart Dan Hickey joined the pack and made an immediate impact to the game. Ripping ball in the tackle and dispossessing Thorne at every opportunity. This pattern of play eventually led to Hickey plucking the ball from the floor after a lineout and powering through several defenders to score, Hallamshire 17-7 ahead at the start of the second half.
This set the pattern of play for the second half with Hallamshire playing the attacking rugby while tackling in defence like men possessed. After some well worked rucks Duddridge flew up into the back line and put on a burst of speed to slice through the defence and score: 22-7 the scoreline and change at scrum half with Hitchcock making way for Adam Riley. Hallamshire shifted gear again and were now well in their stride. Attacks were many and varied from all areas with Hickey and Hopkinson smashing holes in the defence and sniping runs from A. Riley and Lampard pushing Thornesians to their limit. In a brief period of possession came the sack of the day as Thornesian’s winger thought he was running into open space before a bone crunching tackle from centre Hasnip dispossessed him and gave Hallamshire the platform to set up an attack.
The final quarter saw Hallamshire rampant in attack, Max Lampard, wing forward on the wing powering over in the corner to take the score to 27-7. More changes introduced the smiling Fijian Jmiz Mc to the fray who immediately took the initiative running a strong line straight into the opposition 22 plucking the ball almost from the Fly half’s hands. The resulting phases eventually saw A. Riley cut and twist his way through to score 32-7. With the game dying down and Thornesians heads now playing for pride Hallamshire had one last roll of the dice and Majkowski took the ball on the opposition 10m and charged through to score in the 80th minute, Coombes made the conversion and the game finished 39-7. A game well played by the red and black, with the entire team putting in an 80 minute performance.

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Key moments

Try Jeff Hopkinson scores for Hallamshire
Conversion Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire
Try Ben Hitchcock scores for Hallamshire
Try Mikey Duddridge scores for Hallamshire
Try Dan Hickey scores for Hallamshire
Try Max Lampard scores for Hallamshire
Try Adam Riley scores for Hallamshire
Try Lawrence Majkowski scores for Hallamshire
Conversion Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire


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80:00 Try 37 - 0
Lawrence Majkowski scores for Hallamshire
80:00 Conversion 39 - 0
Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire
75:00 Try 32 - 0
Adam Riley scores for Hallamshire
70:00 Sub On
James Mc is substituted on for Hallamshire
65:00 Try 27 - 0
Max Lampard scores for Hallamshire
60:00 Try 22 - 0
Dan Hickey scores for Hallamshire
50:00 Sub On
Adam Riley is substituted on for Hallamshire
50:00 Try 17 - 0
Mikey Duddridge scores for Hallamshire
40:00 Sub On
Tom Wallis is substituted on for Hallamshire
40:00 Sub On
Dan Hickey is substituted on for Hallamshire
End of period 1
39:00 Try 12 - 0
Ben Hitchcock scores for Hallamshire
25:00 Sub On
Llywelyn Lee is substituted on for Hallamshire
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Jeff Hopkinson scores for Hallamshire
20:00 Conversion 7 - 0
Edward Coombes kicks a conversion for Hallamshire
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As it happened

  • Hallamshire
  • Thornensians 2
  • 0
  • Jeff Hopkinson Try 20:00'
  • Edward Coombes Conversion 20:00'
  • Llywelyn Lee Sub On 25:00'
  • Ben Hitchcock Try 39:00'
  • Tom Wallis Sub On 40:00'
  • Dan Hickey Sub On 40:00'
  • Adam Riley Sub On 50:00'
  • Mikey Duddridge Try 50:00'
  • Dan Hickey Try 60:00'
  • Max Lampard Try 65:00'
  • James Mc Sub On 70:00'
  • Adam Riley Try 75:00'
  • Lawrence Majkowski Try 80:00'
  • Edward Coombes Conversion 80:00'

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Duddridge, Mikey Duddridge, Mikey
Lampard, Max Lampard, Max
Riley, Danny Riley, Danny
Hasnip, David Hasnip, David
Salter, Tom Salter, Tom
Coombes, Edward Coombes, Edward
Hitchcock, Ben Hitchcock, Ben
Hopkinson, Jeff Hopkinson, Jeff
Heggarty, Richard Heggarty, Richard
Majkowski, Lawrence Majkowski, Lawrence
Yarlett, Andrew Yarlett, Andrew
Macgregor, Robbie Macgregor, Robbie
Wilson, Zack Wilson, Zack
Shipley, Rhys Shipley, Rhys
Brown, Alex Brown, Alex

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Barnsley 2 19 83
2. Sheffield 3 20 79
3. Dinnington 3 18 65
4. Hallamshire 17 61
5. Yorkshire Main 19 66
6. Wheatley Hills 2 10 32
7. Thornensians 2 19 58

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