A POIGNANT rugby game was played in Huddersfield.

Huddersfield University's rugby league team beat its union side in a charity match at Lockwood Park.

Half the match was played in union style and the other in league.

But the real winner was a local appeal.

The event will have raised well over £2,000 for the Ben Randall Memorial Sports Trust.

Danny Russell, former Huddersfield Giants rugby league captain, kicked off the match, which saw the league team win by 64-24.

Gaz Simpson was voted man of the match.

A raffle and other social events in Huddersfield Rugby Union Club's headquarters followed the event yesterday afternoon.

The Ben Randall Memorial Sports Trust was set up after the death of Ben, who died last November, shortly after his 21st birthday. Ben, from Dalton, was in the second year of a health and sports science degree at the university when he died.

He hoped to become a PE teacher. He had represented the university at rugby.

He had also played with the Huddersfield Rugby Union Club academy sides.

The memorial fund will be used to support sports facilities for use by young people and children.

Ben was killed in an accident involving a forklift truck in Roundhay Park, Leeds.

Ben lived with his mother Jean in Wakefield Road. He had a sister, Ruth, and two brothers, David and Tom.

A man was later arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

The bank for the Ben Randall Memorial Sports Trust Fund is the HSBC branch on Market Street, Huddersfield.

The account number is 4008590003883.