Sloppy Sherwood Wolf Hunt well beaten by Leicester Storm

Sherwood Wolfhunt (green and red) v Leicester Storm at Debdale Park, Mansfield Woodhouse.
Sherwood Wolfhunt (green and red) v Leicester Storm at Debdale Park, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Sherwood Wolf Hunt were beaten 50-18 following a sloppy display against Leicester Storm.

Wolf Hunt started well and went in to an 8-6 lead in the opening exchanges.

Sherwood Wolfhunt (green and red) v Leicester Storm at Debdale Park, Mansfield Woodhouse.

Sherwood Wolfhunt (green and red) v Leicester Storm at Debdale Park, Mansfield Woodhouse.

But too often they turned the ball over cheaply and were made to pay for a poor defence, especially under their own posts, as Leicester cruised to an easy win.

Mansfield scored tries from centre Mason Hardwick and an excellently taken dive in the corner from Jonathan Richardson within ten minutes, with Leicester responding with a try in the opposite corner after great ball handling from player coach, Ty Watson.

The first half continued to be a hard fought affair with both sets of forwards battering each other.

The Wolf Hunt had the advantage with size, but Leicester’s experience, told in the backs with them throwing the ball around more efficiently.

And they came up with three more tries in the first half, two which were converted to make the half-time score 24-8.

The Wolf Hunt were still in with a shout, but needed to slow the game down and improve their defence.

But the second half started with the Storm adding to their tally of tries almost immediately.

The Wolf Hunt looked shocked and heads went down. Leicester sensed this and pressed their advantage with more great ball handling from Ty Watson and scrum half Jack Boothby.

With 20 minutes of the second half gone the Storm led by 36-8 as Wolf Hunt began to tire.

With 15 minutes to go the Wolf Hunt, started putting together some great sets of six, making yards by the dozen, only to spill possession three times in the oppositions last 20 metres.

Eventually this possession told and the Wolf Hunt scored two tries, one from excellent running from Manasa Qui Volaikasuva and a dive over from acting half by veteran hooker Glenn Holt.

But the come-back had taken its toll and the Storm killed the game off with three long range efforts, scoring close to the sticks on each occasion from winger Harry Wilkinson (2) and loose forward Sam Turnbull-Johnson.

Wolf Hunt coach Carl Hardwick was disappointed with his side’s, defensive performance saying: “We made it difficult for ourselves by not controlling the middle in defence. Leicester took their chances well in attack, but we let them play.

“We will learn from the loss and improve each week after this experience.”

This coming week the Wolf Hunt take on well-established league leaders Northampton Demons in what promises to be a challenge in the Wolf Hunt’s learning curve. Kick-off is 2.30pm.