Haigh, Whitworth, Heron, Patrick, Barham, J.Cole, Sharp, Ward, Rowntree, Scrimshaw (c), Firth, Fletcher, Spiers, Granger, Cartwright.
Subs: Cadogan, Thomson, F.Morrison, Coates, Metcalf, & Dawes.
Tries: Firth (3), Granger, Spiers, Cole, Cadogan, & Coates.
Cons: Scrimshaw (4) & Cartwright.
The Hawks started the year with a dominant display against a competitive Scunthorpe side. Heath scored 8 fantastic tries as the visitors struggled with the power and pace out wide.
Heath made the perfect start, from a scrum 20 metres out, Olly Scrimshaw went blind and fired a cut out pass for Jake Firth to scamper over. Scunthorpe came straight back, battering forward with their direct approach, converting a penalty to reduce the arrears. As they looked to add to their tally, Brook Ward snapped up a loose ball before releasing Elliott Spiers who in turn passed to Harry Granger, who showed great pace to score a great try, Scrimshaw converted. Spiers was next to score, getting on the outside and finishing well in the corner.
Undeterred, Scunthorpe enjoyed some possession and territory. Great defence lead by the returning duo, Alex Patrick and Jonny Cole repelled numerous phases. When it looked like the Hawks may concede, Firth defused an attacking kick deep in his own half before using his electrifying pace to burn off the chasers. The home forwards set a great platform for the backs to play, with noticeable surges from Carter Haigh and Andy Coates. Scunthorpe kicked another penalty to close the gap to 18 points. Heath hit back when Cole broke free, dummied Firth before side stepping two would be defenders to score untouched under the posts, Scrimshaw added his third conversion.
Half time 31-6.
The Hawks conceded first from close range as Scunthorpe’s powerful pack surged over. However, centres Sam Fletcher and Spiers attacked well before releasing Phil Cadogan who galloped clear from half way. The visitors enjoyed their best spell, scoring their second try, with the pressure resulting in Scrimshaw receiving a yellow card.
The impressive Coates ran a great line off Eddie Cartwright for a deserved score. Max Dawes, Sam Sharp, Matt Barham, and Fraser Morrison worked tirelessly against the abrasive Scunthorpe pack. Eventually the pressure told as the visitors crashed over for a converted try. Heath and Firth weren’t finished, as he completed his hatrick with a superb surge from inside his own half, Cartwright completed the scoring from bang in front.
Full time 50-25.
This was an excellent team performance with some outstanding tries scored on the back of the Hawks attractive style of rugby. We welcome Sheffield Tigers to North Dean next Saturday as we look to put a run of wins together.