Hoppers in seventh heaven

Stylish: Adam Birchall helped Hoppers to a thumping win at Huddersfield
Stylish: Adam Birchall helped Hoppers to a thumping win at Huddersfield
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Hoppers put in a dominating display to secure a bonus point victory over a Huddersfield side who look doomed to relegation.

They ran in seven tries as they controlled the entire game with a ferocious defence and a clinical attack.

A delighted head coach Michael Lough said: “We’ve run in seven tries and could have had at least two more which were brought back for a forward pass.

“I am really happy with the performance as it was going to be a challenge on a heavy pitch but our physicality was immense from 1-20”

“Our defence was amazing and we never looked like conceding,

“I’m also thrilled we scored twice when down to 14 men as we maintained the pressure.

“I thought Lewis Allen was really good, as was Jack Ward and Sean Taylor who kicking was superb, also Ali Murray who had a great game and was very physical.”

Hoppers controlled the game from the outset with powerful carries through the middle of the home defence together with their usual blend of style out wide.

“The set piece also went well especially the driving line out which has become a real weapon.

The game was effectively wrapped up in the first six minutes as Hoppers scored two tries before the hosts had any real possession of the ball. Both started with a good kick to the corner and strong line out drives.

Hoppers would then power their way up the middle with Matt Hughes being put into a huge gap for the first score and while Huddersfield initially did well to resist Hoppers second a superbly weighted kick through by Allen was touched down by Ward. Taylor converted both for a 14-0 lead.

Hoppers were then guilty of a slight lull allowing Huddersfield to get back into the game.

The visitors became a little lateral in attack and conceded a few penalties which wing Luke Booth turned into Huddersfield’s only points with two successful kicks.

Craig Aikman wrestled back control as he finished off a well worked scrum move when Dominic Moon and Taylor made good ground before Aikman picked a great line to sprint clear.

Gareth Gore was sin binned just before the break but two tries in his absence secured the bonus point and stopped any chance of a home fight back.

Andy Napier was at the heart of both with a superb offload to put Hughes over in the corner following another good line out drive, and straight from the restart his powerful surge up the middle, well supported by Moon, got Hoppers behind the home defence before good hands out wide put Adam Birchall in the corner.

Taylor converted both brilliantly from each touchline.