ST JOSEPH’S suffered a last-minute 20-16 Premier Division defeat at Kippax Welfare.
With the game entering its closing moments, the visitors held a slender 16-14 lead.
But on virtually the last play of the game, Kippax broke from deep to within 5m of the Joe’s line and poor marking from dummy half allowed the home side to cross for a converted try to steal the victory.
Having said that, however, the Huddersfield side didn’t do themselves any favours early on by the start they made.
By half-time they were 14-6 down, with their points coming from a try from Neil Barrett, which he also converted.
But strong half-time words from coach Keith Senior seemed to inspire his side, and with the game entering its closing stages they had nudged 16-14 ahead thanks to tries from Lee St Hilaire, following top work by Richard Aka, and Ben Lewis and a second Barrett goal.
But in the end that didn’t prove enough, despite the best efforts of man-of-the-match Lewis, St Hilaire and Joe Flaherty.
But the news was far better for St Joseph’s second string, who were able to field their strongest team of the season and rattled up a big 42-4 Division VI home triumph over Cowling Harlequins.
The visitors did take the lead, but after that it was all one-way traffic.
Before half-time, Joe’s ran in three tries from Ian Doyle, Leon Alexis-Bailey and Matty Johnson to make it 14-4 at the break.
And in the second half Joe’s added further tries through James Bracken, Steve O’Keefe and Alexis-Bailey who completed a second-half hat-trick to leave him with four for the match.
Daren Kelly added 4 of the five second-half tries.
Men-of-the-match were full-back Craig Lee, stand-off Kelly and winger Alexis-Bailey.