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Our history with Sandal

Sandal RUFC were formed on August 26 1927 and have played all their rugby since 1931 at their Milnthorpe Green ground.
In 1932-33 they won the Yorkshire Shield when they beat Scarborough 13-6 at the ground of Bridlington RUFC.
The following season they entered the Yorkshire Cup and were beaten 19-3 by Otley in the Final at the old Lidget Green ground, Bradford.
In 1993-34 they were beaten 35-9 by Wakefield in the Yorkshire Cup Final at Scatcherd Lane, Morley but they finally got their hands on ‘T’Owd Tin Pot’ when they beat Doncaster 17-13 at Cross Green, Otley.
In 2000-01 thy won it again by beating Middlesbrough 26-24 at Claro Road, Harrogate.
They next few years saw a decline in the fortunes of Sandal RUFC and they went as low as Yorkshire Division One before winning the Championship of that division in 2007-08.
In 2009-10 they won promotion to North Two East by way of the play-offs and in 2014-15 they were promoted to National Three North by the same route.
Our two clubs have only met on four previous occasions and Hull have won all four as follows:
2003-04 – North Two East:
01/11/2003 – Sandal 16-30 Hull
10/1/2004 – Hull 48-10 Sandal
This was the day when Leroy McKenzie scored his 100th try for Hull RUFC and his 8th hat-trick.
Season 2016-17 – National Three North
26/11/2016 – Sandal 27-35 Hull
01/4/2017 – Hull 48-14 Sandal
Last week Sandal were beaten 27-17 at fifth-placed Wirral and are fourth from bottom of the table with one win and one draw from their seven games.
In their four home games they lost 26-24 to ‘Hoppers, 46-5 to Lymm, 14-10 to Billingham and beat Ilkley 37-14. Their draw was 10-10 at Morley.
Apart from the Lymm game Sandal are a tough proposition on their own ground and Hull will have to be on top form to record an away win.
A warning from history
Sandal are the third side we have played this season whom we have met four times and beaten four times previously.
Lymm and Billingham were the other two and we all know what happened in those two games.

Compiled by Norman Angell

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