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1st Jul, 2022

RUGBY LEAGUE - Midlands Hurricanes win first game under new name to spoil Cornwall's homecoming

MIDLANDS Hurricanes romped to a 60-14 success against Cornwall to secure their first win under their new name after running in 11 tries to spoil their opponents historic homecoming.

Jack Dawson and Hayden Freeman both crossed for hat-trick’s with Matty Welham grabbing a brace whilst Brad Clavering, David Foggin-Johnston and Sean Croston also dotted down at Penryn’s Memorial Ground.

The result lifts Hurricanes up to seventh in the Betfred League 1 table after securing their first win in three matches.

Head coach Rich Squires said: “We produced a really professional opening 40 minutes and showed what we can do when we stick to our certain structures.

“We completed high and were very clinical in the right areas. We played with a lot of confidence and that will bode well moving forward.

“Jack Dawson and Hayden Freeman both scored hat tricks and took chances. Dave Scott and Ben Stead really led us around the field allowing Liam Welham to make the game look easy.”

The crowd was just shy of 1,500 spectators as Hurricanes stormed into a 40-point lead at the break after touching down seven first-half tries.

And the hosts started brightly in front of the large crowd but failed to turn their dominance into points before Dawson hit the line at speed to score the game’s first try after slick hands from Ben Stead and David Scott.

Hurricanes struck again three minutes later when Clavering took a delicate pass from Stead and exploited a gap in the Cornwall line.

Bradford loanee Foggin-Johnston then marked his Hurricanes debut with a try after he scooped the ball off the floor to score before Welham dotted down from Dawson’s offload.

And Dawson then grabbed a try for himself when he cleanly caught Stead’s kick before scoring under the posts.

Hurricanes scored again when a bouncing ball landed in the arms of Croston for an easy score from Stead’s drilled kick.

And Hurricanes were over again soon after when Welham touched down from Scott’s pass after he fended off a tackle to grab his second of the half.

The visitors continued their dominance early in the second half when Freeman collected a delightful pass from Scott to score in the corner.

Cornwall finally troubled the scoreboard on 48 minutes with their first ever home try as Harry Aaronson jinked his way through the Hurricanes defence to score.

And the hosts scored again soon after when prop Paul Bolger crashed through the line which allowed Wigan Warriors youngster Adam Jones to touch down.

However, Cornwall’s momentum was quashed when Dawson completed his hat-trick in the right corner after impressive handling from the Welham brothers.

The home side responded with their third try five minutes later as Sam Snell touched down in the corner after some slick handling in the back line.

Hurricanes had the final say when Freeman crossed for two late tries to complete his treble to round off a fine attacking display and secure their first win of the season.

The Hurricanes are next in action at home to London Skolars on Sunday, April 17 with kick-off at 3pm at Portway.

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