Steel at double as Hull Ionians march on
HULL Ionians maintained their unbeaten start with a five-try performance to beat Westoe 31-15 in National Two North.
An excellent start and finish to the first half and a purple patch an hour into the game brought their tries to keep them in the league's top three.
Two first-half tries by Jon Steel, achieved through his high work rate, earned him man of the match, just ahead of forward of the match Tom Rice and back of the match Richard Fletcher.
However, in between there were more errors than they have had in all their other matches.
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By the players' own admission it was a below par performance.
They wasted as many scoring chances as they took, but it is a sign of a good team when they still win when not at their best.
A solid start by Ionians saw them camped on the Westoe line and after Joe Makin was just stopped on the left, moving it wide saw Steel race in on the right wing.
Too many handling errors wasted good attacking positions, then confusion under a high ball in the sun, then losing the ball in the tackle, saw Westoe make a lone attack and turn it into a penalty by Jordan Carey.
Ionians closed the half at last doing things well with a break by Joey Martin having Steel in support to go under the posts, James Ferguson converting for a 12-3 half-time lead.
The next quarter had far too many errors by both teams until the third quarter when Ionians set the game alight.
Ferguson kicked a penalty to the corner where Makin took and the pack kept control to drive Kerry Wood over for the try, Ferguson adding the touch line conversion.
Ten minutes later Westoe lost the ball on the attack and Mike Bateman made ground out wide before releasing Will Heylings to swallow dive under the posts, Isaac Green now converting.
Straight from the restart Joe Sanders made a break down the middle with Luke Thundercliffe taking the ball on, then with the full team in support Richard Fletcher was released to crash through the final tackle to score and make the game safe at 31-3.
Westoe then took advantage as Ionians dropped their work-rate and had the final say when running penalties from deep saw Joe McKenzie score on the right wing, Carey converting, and Mike Potts score on the left.