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How the league is looking after the opening two weekends

Last Saturday Hull took on Tynedale RFC in the first-ever league game between the two clubs and after a very entertaining and cleanly-contested match they emerged winners by 36-29.
This was a great result following our 22-22 draw at Huddersfield the previous week and all at the club are highly pleased with such a good start to the new season.
Although it is very early days it seems that any doubt regarding our ability to compete at the higher level has been considerably eased as the two sides  we have played finished fifth and sixth respectively in the final table of last season.
The visit to Stourbridge will prove far more difficult as the home side have won their two opening games in fine style and after two games are top of the table.
Hull’s tries against Tynedale came from Steve Johnson (2), Alex Heard and Keane Naylor, plus our first penalty try of the season. Simon Humberstone landed three conversions and a penalty goal and his field kicking was once again of the highest standard.
Elsewhere, in the division Fylde entertained Preston Grasshoppers in a West Lancashire local derby and after a thrilling and even game the result was a 24-24 draw. Loughborough Students opened their account with an emphatic home 41-7 win over Hinckley, who many thought would be among the pace-setters but have lost both of their opening games and are bottom of the table. In the Yorkshire derby at Otley visitors Huddersfield held the home side to a 15-15 draw and in a very tight game at Scunthorpe the newly-promoted Lincolnshire side lost 31-27 to Sheffield Tigers.
Other new boys Luctonians were unable to capitalise on their fine opening win at Tynedale the previous week and were well beaten at home by Stourbridge to the tune of 45-19. In a close battle at Sedgley Park the home side scraped home against Wharfedale by17-14 and in a game that was played on Sunday Caldy, returning to the division after two seasons in National One, beat Chester by 18-10 to go second in the table.
The games to be played this weekend show some very interesting clashes. A look at the league table shows that seven sides are still unbeaten but six of them will be playing each other so some changes in the league positions will be evident on Saturday night.
The fixtures are as follows with the place in the table shown in brackets;
Chester (15th) v Loughborough Students (7th)
Hinckley (16th) v Luctonians (9th)
Huddersfield (10th) v Sedgley Park (3rd)
Preston G’hoppers (13th) v Scunthorpe (14th)
Sheffield Tigers (4th) v Caldy (2nd)
Stourbridge (1st) v Hull (6th)
Wharfedale (8th) v Fylde (5th)
Tynedale (12th) v Otley (11th)

Enjoy your rugby wherever you are.

Norman Angell

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