Luctonians RFC v Hull RUFC
Saturday 30th April 2022
Match Reporter: Geoff Vickress
Luctonians fully deserved this victory over the league champions who came looking to consolidate their position at top of the league. But they came up against a home side who have been defensively as good as anyone in the league and determined to go out with a winning result against the champions.
Lucs throughout were superb in all facets of the game and apart from losing a couple of scrums technically were excellent.
Giles Morell scored first for the home side when he finished a break from hooker Ben Link who fed the excellent Aiden Cheshire who broke through a couple of tackles to put Morell free, and his side step took him over. Tom Jones converting for a 7-0 lead after 11 minutes.
Hull looked composed on the ball but had struggled to make any headway against the Ryan Watkins coached home side, and they were fortunate when a kick through bounced kindly for wing Michael Adlard to truck over, Simon Humberstone levelling the scores at 7-7.
Josh Watkins‘ break on 20 minutes put Giles Morell over again after 20 minutes only for his pass to have been adjudged as forward. Hull were rattled and Cameron Curry saw yellow for a foul play infringement, before the unfortunate Reece Deans kick, when under pressure, was driven straight at Tom Smith of Lucs. He used his football skills to great effect as he trapped the ball, collected it on half way and ran in un-challenged to put the home side back in front, Tom Jones again immaculate from the tee for a 14-7 lead which they well deserved at oranges.
Half Time Score
Luctonians RFC 14 v 7 Hull RUFC
Lucs were on fire second half and their tackling prowess was exemplified by scrum half Josh Nott from the restart when he downed the Hull ball receiver to create turnover ball. Lucs continued to press and they kept Hull deep in their own half and it was no surprise when man of the match Sam Jones broke off the side of a driving maul to stretch out and touch down to put the home side, with Tom Jones again converting into a 21-7 lead.
Hull were on the ropes and Michael Dias saw yellow as their discipline started to go, and Lucs took full advantage when Tom Jones added the resulting penalty to his tally for the final score after 64 minutes of 24-7.
The home side, roared on by their vociferous home support, held out gallantly as Hull, as is befitting the league champions, kept probing and looking to get back in the game to the death. But the defiant home side kept them out to the end, not before Hull’s Cam Curry received a red card for a shoulder to the head just before the final whistle.
North Herefordshire side Luctonians having had one of their best ever seasons can be proud of their achievements, being one of the few sides to have beaten and regularly taken points off the top 6 sides.
Hull of course are destined for League One, while Luctonians will look forward to the re-organised league two structure without the long travelling miles to the North of England to old foes.
Full Time Score
Luctonians RFC 24 v 7 Hull RUFC
Tries: Giles Morell (11), Tom Smith (29), Sam Jones (53)
Conv: Tom Jones (12, 30, 54)
Pen: Tom Jones (64)
Tries: Michael Adlard (14)
Conv: Simon Humberstone (15)
Josh Watkins; James Wheeler; Rob Aikman; Ben Owen; Giles Morell; Tom Jones; Josh Nott : Brad Smith; Ben Link; Joe White ©; Tom Smith; Owien Harriott-Davis; Sam Jones; Seb Robinson; Aiden Cheshire
Replacements: Ben Murphy; Connor Deignan; Cheick Kone; Will Pearson; Owen Randell
Reece Dean; Michael Adlard; Duel Trueman; Stephen Johnson; Keane Naylor; Simon Humberstone; Sam Crane : Tipiloma Kivalu; Michael Jobling; Benjamin Boothman; Liam Regardsoe; Cameron Curry; Gregory Jones; Laurence Cowen; William Hall
Replacements: Daniel Evans; Isoefo Taunei Turaga; Latu Makaafi; Jamie Major; Michael Dias