Varsity 2015: NTU 12-20 UoN: Lack of discipline costs Trent in rugby league

A valiant effort by NTU’s rugby league side, after being reduced to 11 men at one point, could not prevent an agonising 20-12 defeat, meaning UoN now lead the Varsity series 9-6.

Trent looked to be heading to victory as Daniel Harrison scored to give the side a 12-10 lead not long after prop Matt Ross had been sent off after retaliating to a stray boot from a UoN player by kicking out himself.

However first half try scorer Scott Howkins was then harshly sent to the sin bin for what was deemed a professional foul and UoN snatched the win with two late tries.

In truth Trent were made to pay for a slow start which saw them trail 10-0 after conceding two tries they will be disappointed with.

Finally they managed to get a foothold in the game and Howkins touched down from dummy half to cut the lead to just six points.

Trent were unlucky not to go in at halftime level as they were twice denied by some last ditch defending with the try line at their mercy.

The second half was much improved with captain Dave Jagger getting his hands on the ball more and some clever work down the blindside resulted in Jay Moriarty crashing over in the left hand corner.

The sending off of Ross, who up until that point had been one of the game’s best players, actually seemed to fire up the Trent side and some more slick handling brought Harrison his try which gave them the lead for the first time.

Some brave defending kept UoN at bay until Howkins was controversially given a yellow card and the two-man advantage eventually told with opposition full back Nathan Hill, a thorn throughout, completing his hat-trick.

Rob Conlon

@RobConlon94

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