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17
MAR

Hutton completed a league double over their local rivals with a 5-try success which consolidates their top 6 position in the league table. With both sides needing a victory for different reasons, the game was played at a frantic pace and was competitive throughout.

Tarleton had the better of the early exchanges, forcing Hutton onto the back foot in the opening minutes. A fumble from the kick off presented the home side with an early territorial advantage inside the Hutton 22. Tarleton’s high intensity start did not result in any points as Hutton’s defence held firm. The home side were also guilty of kicking away good possession, as Hutton returned the ball with interest using the wind advantage and began to get a footing in the game. The Hutton forwards were on top at the set piece, as they won ball against the head and disrupted the Tarleton lineout. Hutton’s good spell of possession was rewarded midway through the half when winger Pete Sanderson crossed in the corner following good ball retention in midfield. Tarleton were quick to get numbers at the breakdown, and forced turnovers but again were unable to find gaps in the visitors’ defence. A cross field kick into the corner provided the platform for Hutton’s second try, as the forwards won clean ball they rolled a maul inside the Tarleton 22. The ball was spun wide through sets of hands find winger Andy Jackson in space, and before he was carried into touch Jackson offloaded to Mark Worrall who crossed in the corner. Hutton were enjoying their best spell of the game and could have added to their lead but were guilty of wasting good possession and field position following a number of handling errors. Despite this, Hutton scored their third try of the afternoon in the closing minutes of the half. Again, the forwards dominated up front and number 8 Adrian Harrison picked up from the base of the scrum to power over from close range. Andy Tobutt added his first conversion to take the score to 17-0.

The home side made a couple of impact substitutions at the interval and both played a part in driving Tarleton into Hutton territory in the opening stages of the second half. When Hutton were penalised at the breakdown, Tarleton opted for the kick in front of the posts, 17-3. Hutton were still dominating at the set piece, and a succession of powerful scrums took the ball into the Tarleton 22. After being held up short on a previous drive, Hutton weren’t to be denied after the scrum was reset. With the Tarleton scrum on the back foot, Adrian Harrison picked up and crashed over to score his second try. Tobutt added the conversion to extend Hutton’s lead to 24-3. The lead was added to minutes later as Hutton found a clinical touch inside Tarleton territory. Scrum half Jerry Sturgess broke from the base of the scrum and a great offload put Andy Jackson into space, and the winger beat the covering defence to score in the corner. With a 26 point advantage, Hutton could not add to their lead and had to defend strongly as Tarleton threw everything they had at the visitors’ try line. Hutton kept the attacks at bay, and cleared their line when possible. A final phase of Tarleton possession presented the home side with a chance of a consolation try but Hutton resisted and secured a 29-3 victory.

Next weekend, Birchfield are the visitors to HQ as Hutton look to continue their recent home form.

Tries: A. Harrison 2, P. Sanderson, M. Worrall, A. Jackson

Conv: A. Tobutt 2

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