Match report: Hunslet Hawks 22 Doncaster RLFC 30

Jason Tali was among the scorers for the Dons in the win at Hunslet
Jason Tali was among the scorers for the Dons in the win at Hunslet

The Dons moved top of the League One table after aveniging their Challenge Cup defeat to Hunslet Hawks.

Gary Thornton’s side were in full control at the break and held on in the second half despite a spirited fightback from the hosts.

The Dons were quick out of the blocks when the returning Kyle Kesik played in Mike Kelly to go over with just six minutes gone.

Tom Carr added the extras, the first in his perfect record of conversions on the afternoon in Leeds.

Hunslet hit back with their only score of the half when James Duckworth scored in the corner with Simon Brown failing with the kick.

The Dons found daylight once again when Brad Delaney collected Jordan Howden’s kick to score.

And they extended their lead nine minutes from the break. Jason Tali broke through the defence and found Delaney who went over for his second try.

Delaney just missed out on his hat trick before the break when held up before the line after a brilliant dummy.

Hunslet roared back in the second half and set about cutting the deficit.

Full back Jimmy Watson weaved through the defence to score under the posts before Brown added the conversion.

Jake Normington pounced after Liam Welham lost the ball to race over a converted effort to cut the Dons’ lead to two.

A Brown penalty saw the scores levelled before Richie Barnett scored to give Hunslet the lead.

It was to be the hosts’ last score of the day however and the Dons surged again.

Tali barged his way over the line 13 minutes from time before Carr’s conversion put the Dons back in front.

The game was sealed three minutes from time when Kesik sent Mark Castle over for his third try in three games.