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"The Red Rose response was emphatic"
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Tuesday, 5 June, 2001, 21:08 GMT 22:08 UK
Lancs triumph in Roses clash
Yorkshire's Chev Walker and Lancashire Neil Turley
Walker cannot stop Lancashire's Turley from scoring
Yorkshire 24-36 Lancashire

Four tries in 10 first half minutes effectively sealed victory for Lancashire in the inaugural Origin Game against Yorkshire at Headingley.

The triumph, Lancashire's first in 20 years, ended Yorkshire's eight-match winning run from the War of the Roses series from 1985-91.

But it was the White Rose side that made inroads early on in the first half, going 18-6 up within the first 17 minutes.

Bradford's Stuart Fielden capitalised on a handling error from the usually reliable Chris Joynt to score the first try after just four minutes.

And Hull's Tony Smith doubled Yorkshire's advantage when Dom Peters made a catastrophic error attempting to collect a high kick.

Gary Conolly hands off a Yorkshire defender
Gary Conolly was in good form for Lancashire
Scrum-half Paul Deacon pulled a try back for the visitors to reduce the deficit to six, but Yorkshire then hit back to extend their lead to 12.

A break from Danny Orr was collected by centre Keith Senior, who went over for his side's third - converted by Orr.

But the Red Rose hit back in emphatic fashion with tries from man-of-the-match Kris Radlinski, Paul Sculthorpe and substitute Neil Turley.

Skipper Andy Farrell kicked four out of the five conversions to give his side a 28-18 lead.

But his opposite number James Lowe pitched in with a score with a minute to go before the interval to reduce the arrears to four points.

The second half was not was free flowing as the first, with both defences bringing off excellent tackles to stop promising moves in the danger area.

But Lancashire finally sealed their victory when Chev Walker made a glaring handling error gladly pounced upon by Paul Johnson for the try.

A crowd of 10,253 saw an exhilarating match in Leeds, an attendance which topped any of the six previous War of the Roses series.

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05 Jun 01 |  Rugby League
Live: Yorks 24-36 Lancs
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