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Knights overwhelm 12-man Hunslet

York City Knights

York City Knights ran out convincing 34-6 winners at Hunslet after former Knights forward Neil Lowe was sent off for kicking David March early on.

Knights player-coach Paul March scored two tries, with Paul Hughes, Tom Stancliffe, David March and Adam Mitchell also going over the line.

Director of rugby James Ratcliffe told BBC York: "We've been in total control for [almost] the full 80 minutes.

"We asked them to front up to the challenge, and they came up trumps."

He added: "We just had two little periods, maybe five minutes in the first half and five minutes in the second half when we were not on top of our game.

The victory, which was by exactly the same scoreline as last season, lifted the Knights above Hunslet into third place in Championship One.

And Ratcliffe was delighted with the level of their performance against a side who have been doing well in the league.

He added: "I don't think we've seen their best performance, but that's in some way credit to us.

"Our defensive line speed was very good and it was consistent throughout, our kicking pressure was very good."

Centre Tom Haberecht missed the game because of a leg injury sustained last week, but he had trained on Thursday.

"We made a decision [not to play him] on Friday night," Ratcliffe added. "He did train but he wasn't completely happy.

"We just said, look, we've got a week off after [the Hunslet game], let's get it right.

"The whole point of having a large squad is that we've got people who can come in and do a job.

"Dave Clayton's had a fantastic game in the centres, Mike Mitchell's not let anybody down on the wing, and young Tom Stancliffe looks to be getting a bit of confidence.

"We knew that if we got a result we'd go up into third, so that sets us up nicely for the televised game against Oldham which, potentially, if we win that, will see us go up to second."

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