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Your News Tarleton 20 - Hutton 17

Tarleton gained their first victory over local rivals Hutton with a last minute success, after it looked like the visitors would hold on to secure an important win. Tarletons spirited second half display saw them score three tries and snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.

On a bright, blustery afternoon, it was Hutton that started the stronger forcing the home side back into their own territory. Great interplay between forwards and backs saw Hutton inside the Tarleton 22 and when the ball was recycled in midfield, an overlap allowed full back Craig Dootson to dive over in the corner. Adam Woods conversion gave Hutton the ideal start. Tarleton responded well and were awarded a penalty in front of the posts when it looked like the visitors had won the ball cleanly. The penalty was converted to bring the scoreline to 7-3. Back came Hutton, and again offloading between forwards and backs created another scoring opportunity. When the ball was passed down the blind side, Kevin Strange crashed over from close range to take the Hutton lead to 12-3. The high intensity of the game saw both sides compete ferociously at the breakdown but also led to a number of handling mistakes as players looked to force the game. As the half wore on, Tarleton became more of a threat, disrupting the visitors set piece and winning clean ball at their own put in. As Huttons defence was being stretched, Tarleton threatened to cross the tryline to narrow the deficit before half time. Tarleton opted to kick into the corner on a number of occasions, but were unable to find their way past the defence and Hutton held onto their 12-3 lead at half time.

With the wind blowing directly into the far bottom corner of the pitch, it was Hutton who used this to their advantage in the opening exchanges of the second half. Much like the first, Hutton kept the ball alive well and recycled possession in the Tarleton half. However, unlike the first half, the visitors were unable to make their territory count for points and Tarleton began to grow into the game. When Hutton were stretched on the blind side, the ball was recycled in midfield and spun to the Tarleton right wing who touched down in the corner, 12-8. Knowing that the next score was crucial, both sides then exchanged in a kicking duel down the touchline, looking for the territorial advantage. Midway through the half, the advantage swung Tarletons way when a mistake in midfield was capitalised on. Despite the claims of offside at the base of the ruck, Tarleton kicked the ball on and offloaded to allow a run in under the posts. The conversion was added to give them a 15-12 advantage. With just over ten minutes remaining, Hutton struck back following forward dominance for the first time in the game. The visitors pack was on top in the set piece, and rolled a maul inside the 22. After phases of play were stopped by the Tarleton defence, a close range drive over the line by the pack resulted in Number 8 Tom Bailey coming up with the all important try, 17-15. With the clock ticking down, Hutton looked comfortable in seeing the game out, as they kicked into the corner and forced the home side into clearances. Then, deep into stoppage time, and with the tryline beckoning, Hutton threw the ball wide looking for the final score. However, Tarletons winger rose highest to complete the interception and run the length of the field to win the game for Tarleton.

It was a cruel way to end the game for Hutton who had played some of their best rugby of the season in defeat. Next week, Littleborough arrive at HQ.

Tries: C. Dootson, K. Strange, T. Bailey

Conv: A. Wood

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