Scunthorpe Stags travelled to Huddersfield YMCA without the influential forward Phil Jepson and with a squad of only 17 players.
Huddersfield started off very strongly, being very physical in the tackle and the tackle area , and after only a couple of minutes of play Grant Elliot was forced off the field after what appeared to be a dangerous high tackle by a Huddersfield player. David Ward took the field as a replacement for Elliott as number 8.
During the first 20 minutes of play Huddersfield had the majority of play but in what would be a feature throughout the game they lost the ball due to either a turnover, conceding a penalty or knock on.
Scunthorpe enjoyed their first serious attack onto the opposition 22 and after being halted on the try line Skipper Jack Rowbotham dove over from short range to score the Stags first of the day Elliot Wright added the extra’s. Another penalty by Huddersfield allowed Wright to increase the lead to 8 – 0 after 32 minutes.
The centre partnership of Nath Clarke and Simon Fisher drove into the opposition and made metres despite ferocious tackling. Scunthorpe were again threatening the try line and Kane Linklater positioned himself ready to run and take the ball at pace to cross the line Wright added the extra’s. Another penalty by Wright gave Scunthorpe a lead at half time of 18 – 0 .
Huddersfield must have been disappointed at this stage as they had had the majority of play but Scunthorpe after only a limited number of opportunities were well ahead.
Huddersfield kicked off the second and after what appeared to be mix up within the Scunthorpe forwards deep in there 22 the ball found its way to David Ward who spotted a large gap in the on rushing Huddersfield players and set off on a run. Ward seemingly could not believe how the field opened up for him and he galloped his way to score under the posts ,Wright again added the extra’s. Huddersfield continued to give penalties away and the reliable Wright ensured that they were made to pay notching his third penalty. Huddersfield were not going to stop trying and continued attacking they were rewarded with a try and conversion after the 8th minute of the second half to give a score of Huddersfield 7 Scunthorpe 28.
The combative scrum half Jake Barrett amongst others showed their superior tackling technique against larger players and continually brought the player down, often causing the attacking player to spill the ball or to give a penalty away for holding on to the ball.
Intelligent kicking by fly half Danny Bournes, Barrett, Fisher and Wright constantly relieved the pressure for Scunthorpe. An unexpected kick and chase by prop Linklater led to a line out from which Linklater crashed over for his second of the day. Elliott returned to the field of play and grabbed a try. Scunthorpe increased the pressure on the Huddersfield try line and a Matthew Mason charge down enabled Mason to get the final score of the day Huddersfield YMCA 7 Scunthorpe 47.
This was the Stag’s hardest game of the season so far and coach Geordie Bournes must be pleased with the way the team is developing.