Huddersfield RU 41
(National II North)
HUDDERSFIELD went on the rampage at Kendal, running in five tries to set up their biggest-ever win at Mint Bridge.
Chris Johnson got his usual touch down, to go alongside his growing penalty and drop goal tally, and there were further tries for team skipper Nick Sharpe, Joel Hinchliffe and one from head coach Dan Hyde who rolled back the years with a late try after an outrageous side-step.
The early stages were competitive with Johnson giving Huddersfield the lead with a penalty and a drop goal (his third of the season) before Kendal hit back with their only try following a break by Barton which ended with Simon Mulholland going in.
Johnson made it 9-5 with a second penalty strike as Huddersfield’s pack began to get on top, and from a scrum close to the Kendal line, skipper Nick Sharpe picked up the ball at the back of the set piece and charged round the blindside to score in the corner and extend his side’s lead.
The home side were kept pegged back deep in their own 22, after some accurate touch-kicking from both Johnson and Lee Paxman, and the fly-half also added a second penalty to send his team in 17-5 up at the break.
In the second half, the visitors played up the slope, but increased their tempo and continued to batter away at the Kendal line, with second rowers George Hinchliff and Gavin Rhodes leading the way.
After a great drive by the Field pack, scrum half Joel Hinchliffe got a quick ball out to Johnson, who dummied the defence before going in for his fifth try of the campaign as he continues to set the pace.
With Johnson’s successful conversion it was now becoming one-way traffic, and as Huddersfield applied even more pressure, the home pack repeatedly collapsed the scrum which inevitably led to the referee awarding Huddersfield a penalty try, again converted by Johnson.
Hyde, who came off the subs’ bench to replace Sharpe, then rounded off the scoring near the end, when Field were awarded a late penalty, and with the home side at sixes and sevens, Johnson tapped the ball to himself and then threw out a pass to Hyde, who side-stepped a couple of would-be tacklers, before bouncing off another on the way to touching down to complete a very respectable victory.
Huddersfield: Andrews; Clarke, Owen, L Paxman, Sutcliffe; Johnson, Hinchliffe; Battye, Morrill, Stringwell, Rhodes, Hinchliff, Lewis, Entressengle, Sharpe. Subs used: Ryder, Hyde, Davies, Hoyle.