Hunslet get the better of North Wales in friendly

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Hunslet claimed victory in their first game in over a year, as they beat North Wales Crusaders 34-18 at the South Leeds Stadium.

North Wales opened the scoring after six minutes, as Callum Hazzard was put through a gap, and put Alex Eckley over to score. Brad Billsborough scored the conversion for a six-point lead.

Hunslet hit back five minutes before the break, as Jimmy Watson managed to power himself over. Simon Brown scored the conversion to level the scores.

The hosts would go into half-time into the lead. Keidan Hartley broke from halfway and got around the last line of defence to score. Brown missed the conversion, meaning they just led by four points.

North Wales went back in front 10 minutes into the second half, as Patrick Ah Van capitalised on a mistake to score his first try for his new club. Billsborough converted for a two-point lead.

Just past the hour, Hunslet took the lead for the second time, as their pressure paid off. Louis McConnell stretched over after Hunslet forced five straight sets. Brown scored the conversion for a four-point lead.

Five minutes later, the Crusaders edged in front for the third time, as Jack Cottington took in an offload from Hazzard to go over. Billsborough scored the conversion for a two-point lead.

However, that lead did not last long as Jordan Andrade forced himself over for Hunslet just three minutes later. Liam Copland scored the conversion to put them back ahead by four points.

The hosts then scored what proved to be a crucial try with six minutes to go, as Andrade powered over for his second of the afternoon. Copland scored the conversion to open up a 10 point advantage.

Hunslet then sealed the game right on full-time, as Jack Norfolk got over underneath the sticks. Copland scored the conversion.

The League 1 season starts in two weeks for both teams. North Wales travel to London Skolars to open the competition, before Hunslet take on Workington Town 24 hours later.

Hunslet: Jimmy Watson, Keidan Hartley, Will Cooke, Tom Ashton, Aaron Jones-Bishop, Simon Brown, Jy-Mel Coleman, Jordan Andrade, Vila Halafihi, Harry Kidd, Brad Hey, Duane Straugheir, Harvey Hallas.

Subs: Anthony Boardman, Alex Rowe, Joe McClean, Lewis Wray, Liam Copland, Nathan Conroy, Tom Dunford, Jack Norfolk, Louis Singleton, Sion Jones, Jake Sweeting, Louis McConnell.

Head Coach: Gary Thornton.

North Wales Crusaders: Jack Holmes, Dave Eccleston, Cam Brown, Dante Morley-Samuels, Patrick Ah Van, Elliott Jenkins, Brad Billsborough, Jack Cottington, Karl Ashall, Callum Hazzard, Matt Reid, Gav Rodden, Alex Eckley.

Subs: Andy Ball, Chris Barratt, Brad Brennan, Ben Morris, Will Lynch, Brad Calland.

Head Coach: Anthony Murray.

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