Poor second half display costs Bears as Hunslet make it three on the spin - The Coventry Observer

18th Aug, 2022

Poor second half display costs Bears as Hunslet make it three on the spin

RUGBY LEAGUE: A POOR second half performance left Coventry Bears pointless in their latest League One fixture on the road to Hunslet.

Sunday’s game was the third visit Bears made to Hunslet this season – and once again it ended in defeat.

Despite new recruits Paul Emmanuelli and Zac Williams joining with Brad Brennan and Luke Frixou, Tom Tsang’s men struggled to answer Hunslet’s attacking options.

Bears conceded first after 16 minutes of evenly matched play.

But Brad Brennan powered his way through the home side’s defence to allow Zac Williams to set-up Paddy Jones who crossed the line. Brad Delaney’s conversion brought Bears level at 6-6.

A lack of discipline by the Bears then handed their opponents two penalties in succession, resulting in a try and conversion for Hunslet to put them back in the lead.

Bears were not yet out of the game just yet though as with 30 minutes played Kieran Sherratt offloaded the ball for Hayden Freeman to score on the left wing.

Delaney failed to convert this time though to leave the score at 12-10.

Coventry’s comeback was short lived though as Hunslet scored and converted two minutes later to hand the home side a six point lead at half time.

From there, Bears collapsed in defence.

Missed tackles and poor discipline allowed Hunslet to punish Coventry – and they were soon pulling rapidly clear.

Bears’ James Guertgens received a red card while Hunslet’s try blitz was led by Mufaro Mvududu who posted a remarkable five tries.

The lead steadily and remorselessly extended for the home side with the Bears producing little in reply as the final hooter sounded with the score at 56-10.

Bears return to Butts Park to take on rivals Hemel Stags on Sunday, August 6, at 3pm.

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