Fylde 2nd XV vs Hoppers 2nd XV

Date: 22 April 2019

Hoppers travelled to the Fylde coast to play in the 6th edition of the Brendan Hanavan Trophy on Good Friday as current holders.

The game also doubled up as a 2nd team Conference A fixture with league points on offer to both sides. Hoppers made a slow start and were 12-0 down with tries from former Hopper Tom Forster and scrum-half Adam Lannigan.

Luke Procter got Hoppers back into things with a converted try but 2 further Fylde tries from Will Atkinson and Matt Worship meant that Hoppers went into the break 26-7 down facing an uphill struggle to retain the Trophy.

A moment of individual brilliance from Tom Kin saw him find a gap and streak clear from long distance to make it 26-12. Tyler Sloane was next up as he forced his way over with ten minutes left to make it 26-19 with the tide seemingly in Hoppers favour.

Unfortunately Hoppers couldn’t force another try to level proceedings and retain the Hanavan Trophy. Final score 26-19 to Fylde. The overall record now tips in Fylde’s favour with 3 wins to Hoppers 2 and a draw. Well done to both teams on producing a great game of attacking rugby in the glorious sunshine.

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