If Hull RUFC go on and win the National 2 North title, there will be a number of turning points throughout the season they can look at that helped them win the league. One, or two of them, came from winger Mike Adlard in the closing stages of Saturday’s dramatic 28-26 win at Flyde that kept the Chants Ave club top of the table. Adlard didn’t score on Saturday, but it was at the other end of the pitch that he earned the respect of his team-mates, who might not have been so forgiving if he hadn’t cover so much space to make those try-saving, game-winning tackles.
“Those two try-saving tackles are what it’s all about to be part of this team,” Adlard said.
“We fight until the end and the last gasp efforts are my job to get across and make the tackles. I put the effort in for the boys.
“In the first half it was all scrums and it was all forwards did their jobs.
“They make it easier for me but defensive tackles, is where I wanted to come in and look after them because they look after me.
“I was at Pock 7s the day before.
“I got a lot of stick from the boys and the coaches so if we hadn’t come away with the win, it would have been my head on a stick.
“That last ditch tackle was in the back of my mind. I was confident I was going to make the tackle.
“It was some game, but we expected it to be a tough game.
“Fylde had nothing to lose and they threw the ball about.
“We just had to front up and do our job which we did in the end.”
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