York City Knights 12-50 Sheffield Eagles PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 15 April 2012 16:48

altSheffield Eagles cruised into the 5th round of the Carnegie Challenge Cup with a comfortable 50 points to 12 victory over the York City Knights at Huntingdon Stadium.

A brace apiece for top try-scorers Nev Morrison and Quentin Laulu-Togagae contributed to the comfortable victory, which was at times as impressive in defence as it was in attack for the Eagles.

A tight first 10 minutes proved scoreless with Misi Taulapapa going closest, but his try was disallowed by referee Ronnue Laughton.  Sheffield broke the deadlock shortly afterwards though through Dominic Brambani, who provided the support play for Laulu-Togagae after Jack Howieson had made the initial break.  Brambani touched down under the posts and converted his own try.

Joe Hemmings then went close for York but was held up over the line, before the visitors extended their lead.  An offside penalty from the Knights on their own try line was the catalyst, as the Eagles shipped the ball to the right hand side for Morrison to register his first try of the afternoon and his ninth of the season.  Brambani expertly converted from the touchline to give Sheffield a 12 point advantage.

That advantage was further bolstered by Andrew Henderson, as the Scotland international scooted from the dummy half position and scored under the sticks, after Laulu-Togagae's grubber kick had forced a repeat set.  Brambani again added the extras.

The Eagles thought they had scored on the last play of the first half, which was from the base of the scrum after a sublime 40/20 kick from Brambani, but Scott Turner's effort was disallowed for a forward pass and the teams went into the dressing rooms with the score at 0-18.

The second half started brightly for Mark Aston's men, Taulapapa flicking a pass out of the back door to his winger Morrison, who sprinted from the halfway line to complete his try double.  Brambani was on target with the conversion.

Brambani then turned provider as his bomb was fumbled by Knights winger Ben Dent, Menzie Yere proving the beneficiary of the error as he squeezed over in the corner.  Brambani blotted his copybook by pushing the conversion in front of the posts.

The next score was a near carbon copy, another Brambani kick to the left hand touchline was this time mis-judged by Dent and it sailed over his head into the grateful arms of Turner to score his second Sheffield Eagles try.  Brambani made it consecutive un-successful conversion attempts from the touchline, leaving the home side's arrears at 32 points.

York finally managed to get on the scoreboard, but the assist may well go to Brambani, who's floating pass was intercepted by George Elliott for the centre to run 60 metres and touch down.  Chris Thorman added the simple conversion.

The Eagles forwards trundled the visitors up the middle of the field to give them the field position for the next try, with Alex Szostak continuing his fine try-scoring form by crashing over from a short Henderson pass.  Brambani was back on target with the conversion.

The lead was extended to 38 points shortly afterwards, Sheffield breaking down the right hand side of the field before Laulu-Togagae bamboozled York full-back Jordan Tansey with fancy footwork to notch his 11th try of the season.  Brambani added the extra two points.

11 tries quickly became 12 tries for the Eagles full-back, Mitchell Stringer making the initial break downfield before offloading to Michael Knowles who drew in Tansey and supplied Laulu-Togagae to score under the posts.  Brambani capped a fine personal performance with his 7th successful conversion.

York managed a consolation try just before the full-time hooter sounded, Turner fumbled the Thorman kick and Dent audaciously flicked the ball back for Alex Benson to register four points.  Thorman added the extras to make the final score York 12-50 Sheffield.

Knights: Tansey, Bush, Elliott, Garside, Dent, Ford, Thorman, Sullivan, Brining, Freer, Hemmings, Houston, Clarke.  Replacements: Lee, Benson, Sutton, Aldous.

Eagles: Laulu-Togagae, Turner, Yere, Taulapapa, Morrison, McDonald, Brambani, Howieson, Henderson, Higgins, Szostak, Green Hirst.  Replacements: Knowles, Hepworth, Rowe, Stringer.

Last Updated on Monday, 16 April 2012 20:58