EXCITED Huddersfield players and supporters are still enjoying their Yorkshire Cup glory.
It was a fantastic achievement to beat Hull 25-18 at York and claim the legendary ‘T’Owd Tin Pot’ for only the second time in the history of the competition – the last back in 1890!
Indeed, the last time the club reached the final was in 1970 when John Greenwood was the skipper, so coaches Dan Hyde and Ian Shuttleworth, team manager Nick Bone, skipper Nick Sharpe and the entire first team squad were entitled to celebrate long and hard.
“I’m absolutely elated,” said Hyde, whose team visit Morley tomorrow in National II North.
“It was a classic case of experience versus enthusiasm, and as the game developed and our nerves left us, we began to play some good, controlled rugby.”
Hyde added: “Chris Johnson controlled things superbly, after the guys up front did their job brilliantly. Ben Morrill was again outstanding, the backs covered and tackled all across the park and I thought young Tom Owen did a fantastic job when he had to come on.
“But everyone played their part, including all the substitutes, who now give us great impact.
“It was great to follow on from the success of our Academy boys who won the Yorkshire Shield the previous week and who are in the Cock ‘O’ the North Challenge finals at Lockwood Park on Sunday.
“I also want to pay tribute to our team manager, Nick Bone, who has been a massive asset to the club and has worked his socks off behind the scenes this season.”
On the match, he said: “The boys really deserved it. I thought we were exceptional, especially in the first half when we had spells when we went through 10 to 15 phases of ball retention.
“Hull have a very big pack and they were shutting us down quickly, but we showed a lot of structure and width, and did really well both on attack and when we had to defend.”