Hawks defeat Knights to reach Grand Final

Hunslet Hawks players celebrate Liam Hood's try. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

Hunslet Hawks players celebrate Liam Hood's try. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe.

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Hunslet Hawks booked their place in the Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final with a gutsy fight-back win over York City Knights.

Hooker Liam Hood scored a brace of tries and David March landed four goals from five attempts as Hawks came back from 12-0 down to win 32-24.

Table toppers York went into the game having defeated second-placed Hunslet three times in the regular season but Barry Eaton’s men came up trumps when it mattered.

Knights were 12-0 up before Jimmy Watson finally got the Hawks on the board and Liam Hood’s score just before the hour mark reduced the arrears further.

Jack Lee appeared to put the Knights back in control only for quick-fire tries from Danny Maun, Hood and Gavin Duffy stunned the hosts and put Hunslet 28-18 ahead.

Ryan Backhouse crossed after Duffy was sin-binned but James Duckworth scored on the hooter to seal the victory.

Hunslet will take on Oldham, who were third on the league table, in Sunday’s Grand Final at Headingley Carnegie and Eaton said: “I was delighted with the players’ mentality.

“Credit to York, their scrambling defence in the first half was outstanding and the try they got right on half-time could potentially have been a killer, but we had a bit more composure in the second half, they started missing some tackles and we got over the line.”