MATCH REPORT – Hunslet RLFC 10 – 46 Newcastle Thunder

Newcastle Thunder continued their recent renaissance on Sunday afternoon with another big performance against Hunslet RFLC.

Thunder ran riot for a second week in a row at South Leeds Stadium and backed up last week’s 50-22 win over Workington Town with a 46-10 triumph.
It was a win that was built on a half on one way traffic as Thunder racked up a 0-24 lead thanks to some superb attacking play and tenacious defence.
The visitors opened their scoring with a converted score from Remy Marginet after a one on one steal from Conor Fitzsimmons on half way.
Winning possession, the Cumbrian laid on a smart pass for the scrum-half to streak clear and make a perfect start.
Building pressure with an early kick from Lewis Young pinning Hunslet deep into their half and a neat kick through from Fitzsimmons that forced a repeat set, a Marginet penalty extended the lead to eight, before further class from the French international took Thunder further ahead.
Putting in a sublime 40/20, Newcastle moved the ball wide before Ali Blair managed to break out of the tackle and feed Tee Ritson for their second try.
Withstanding a relentless onslaught from their hosts and successfully defending four repeat sets, Thunder’s hit their hosts with a sucker-punch score.
Playing the ball at the Hunslet line, Marginet found Young with an out the back pass from which the full-back ghosted through untouched.
With Ben Pointer rounding out the first half scoring, Thunder’s hooker picked up where he left off at the start of the second with a brilliant play from dummy half from 50m out and a second converted score.
A Newcastle error gave Hunslet the opportunity to score their first try of the day through Foggin-Johnston but it was quickly chalked off after Marginet gathered in a fifth tackle offload and scampered away a full 70m to score.
Hunslet managed a converted try afterwards with a close range effort, before both sides lost a player to the bin for fighting after which, Thunder continued to pull away.
A penalty goal after a Hunslet infringement allowed Marginet to get the scoreboard ticking over once more before Blair and Mo Agoro finished of their side’s day.
Blair’s effort saw him power through an attempted tackle after a good tip on from Aaron Ollett while Agoro powered his way out of his own 20 before cruising past the fullback to score.
Thunder will now close out the season at home to West Wales Raiders this coming Sunday, kick off 3pm
Newcastle Thunder
Lewis Young, Mo Agoro, Joe Brown, Ali Blair, Theerapol Ritson, Adam Brook, Remy Marginet, Jack Aldous, Ben Pointer, Liam McAvoy, Aaron Ollett, Conor Fitzsimmons, Evan Simons,  Vincent Rennie, Liam Richmond, David Weetman, Niall Sidney
Try Scorers – Marginet x 3, Young, Pointer x 2, Blair, Agoro
Goal kickers – Marginet x 7