“ Last Saturday saw a return to league action with a difficult away trip to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield. Despite their lowly position in the league table this is always a difficult place to go and get a result. We were without a number of key players due to injury and illness and knew that a solid performance was needed if we were to maintain the unbeaten run. We started the game strongly playing direct, driving rugby within their half, keeping possession well and going through the phases and this was rewarded with a try for flanker Mark Goodman after a powerful catch and drive by the forwards. Steve Collins added the difficult conversion and we were 7-0 up within the first five minutes. This was followed nine minutes later with a lovely try for right winger Rhys Henderson after quick hands by the backs. Steve added his second conversion and we were well in control 14-0 up within the first fifteen minutes. We were now playing well, looking after the ball and playing powerful driving rugby within their 22. Our third try was scored after twenty minutes for hooker Cash Chilvers after another line out catch and drive by the forwards. Steve again added the conversion and we were 21-0 up going into the last fifteen minutes of the half. Huddersfield did come back with a good try for their No. 8 who picked up at the base of the scrum and drove over. We were looking to get the fourth and bonus point try before the break and this came in the 39th minute when flanker George Bordhill took a pass off Steve to beat two defenders and touch down. Steve added his fourth conversion and we went into half time 28-7 up and the bonus point secured. It is fair to say that this was a really solid performance from the Tigers in the first half and it was looking to carry on in the second. We scored our fifth try of the afternoon after 53 minutes when centre Oli Glasse went over on the bottom left hand side and we were now in a commanding position. However Huddersfield to their credit came back solidly and scored with a powerful drive from their forwards. We rang the changes and brought on fresh legs to give us that energy and momentum and were rewarded with a second try for flanker George Bordhill and our sixth. However this was a very disjointed, disappointing half of rugby as we seemed to be penalised time after time which gave the home team territory and possession within our 22 from which they capitalised. They went on to score another two tries through their big heavy forwards which gave them a losing bonus point. The game ended 38-26 to the Tigers, the bonus point secured and the unbeaten record intact. We were very happy with the win but were disappointed that we let Huddersfield back into the game by giving away too many penalties. Special mention to 19 year old prop Asher Opoku- Fordjour on his debut for the Tigers. He had a solid performance and is certainly a talent with a big future. This Saturday we are at home to Sheffield and know that we will have to up our game, perform for 80 minutes and not give away unnecessary penalties if the run is to continue. Look forward to seeing you all at Park Lane supporting this special group of players.

Cheers, Hazz”