I stepped a defender and a gap opened up -- Hewitt

A HARD-FOUGHT derby was virtually sealed when Dave Hewitt’s defence-busting break from a standing start set up Luke Hooley’s try under the posts near the end.

Leading 24-18, Roughyeds were looking for a drop goal, but what was to follow proved a whole lot better than that.

Dave takes up the story.

“We were looking for one point, but a defender came flying out and put me under pressure,” said the Roughyeds’ half-back.

“I couldn’t get the kick in, so I stepped him and a gap opened up. It was off-the-cuff stuff. The initial step was quick but after that it seemed like slow motion.

“I then heard Luke Hooley screaming for the ball on the inside and he went under the posts to score our fifth try. What a great feeling !

“We’ve got three cup finals to come in our battle to escape the drop, but two of them are at home and we’re all buzzing after drawing at Batley and winning at Rochdale.

“We’ve dragged Rochdale back into the mix. There’s pressure on all three of us –Rochdale, Swinton and ourselves — but we are determined to fight to the end and we’ve shown we’ve just as much chance as the other two.

“We need to be smarter in our kick selections, but I’m learning a lot from Scott Leatherbarrow and Scott Naylor.”

Naylor reported no injuries after the game and he said there were other players ready to come back. More information will be forthcoming later in the week as he and his troops prepare for the visit of Toulouse to Bower Fold on Sunday — a game that will surely attract a big crowd to help to push Roughyeds over the line.

Do your best to turn up on Sunday and give the lads your support in our scrap to stay in this division —- they deserve it.

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