SRL Super 8 Round 8
LEEDS MET CARNEGIE made it seven wins from seven with a comfortable 34-10 win on the road at NORTHUMBRIA.
Jack Sampson, Joe Taylor and Danny Edmondson all crossed to give the champions the perfect start, and despite Will Bate replying for the hosts, prop Alex Walmsley touched down and Mark Wool converted to make it 18-4 at the break.
Both sides deserve great credit for the standard of rugby that was played in freezing wet and windy conditions, although Leeds always had the upper hand and closed out victory with three more tries in the second period.
The prolific Christian Duncan was the first visiting player to cross the whitewash as he raced over and he was followed by Danny Lockhead and debutant Dale Patterson. Mark Wool improving two of them.
Northumbria kept plugging away and were eventually rewarded with a Tom MacMillan try and Sam Rothery conversion, before the game finished 13 minutes early due to an injury to a home player. Thankfully the player in questions was cleared of any serious damage.
LOUGHBOROUGH remain hot on the heels of the leaders after a convincing 52-0 success in London over ST MARY’S.
After a hard fought opening period an interception try from Tom Curtis broke the deadlock for the visitors and despite the hosts battling bravely some nimble footwork from James Plumb allowed him to slip through the defence to increase the lead.
Further tries to James Hampson and Will Collins ensured Loughborough increased their dominance going into half time and with Plum on target with the boot – failing just once all afternoon – it looked like the long trip would be worth it.
The second half saw Loughborough play some of their best rugby of the season as they added a further five tries.
Hampson was again over as he finished a lovely handling move and Elliot Hurst made his mark when he raced over for his first try of the season.
Rob Halliday added to his try tally thanks to a great one-handed off load from captain Edward Wilson, before the skipper grabbed a deserved try of his own to complete the scoring.
The game between EDGE HILL and HULL fell victim to the weather, whilst GLOUCESTERSHIRE were awarded the points following UCLAN’s decision not to travel.
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Wednesday 7 December
Northumbria 10 v 34 Leeds Met Carnegie
Edge Hill P v P Hull
St Mary’s 0 v 52 Loughborough
Gloucestershire W v O UCLAN
Wednesday 14 December
Leeds Met Carnegie v Gloucestershire
UCLAN v Northumbria
Loughborough v Edge Hill
Hull v St Mary’s