Hunslet Hawks dominated the first half at Virginia Park, Caerphilly, scoring four tries, as befits a team 6 places above South Wales who have only one win this season. However the Scorpions stung back in the second half scoring three unanswered tries themselves before Hunslet restored secured the match, and two points, with two more tries.
Mufaro Mvududu opened the scoring in the 4th minute and went over again ten minutes later. Simon Brown converted both tries and took Hunslet out to a 0-12 lead.
On 29 minutes Daniel Williams scored and again Brown kicked the extras.
Just before half time Danny Thomas crossed the whitewash, capitalising on a loose ball. Brown converted and Hunslet took a 0-24 lead in at the break.
In the second half the Scorpions came out fired up and helped by good kicking first Jordan Sheridan (43 minutes), then Christiaan Roets (48) and Dai Evans (51) all scored. Paul Emanuelli was only able to convert the third of these tries. But with half an hour to go South Wales had pulled the score back to 14-24.
Hunslet staunched the flow and fifteen minutes later George Flanagan broke through in the centre to score. With Brown’s conversion, Hunslet regain a three score leads, 14-30.
Lewis Reed sealed the win in the 73rd minutes with the Hawks’ sixth try. Simon Brown kept his 100% kicking record and with seven minutes left Hunslet held a 22 point lead.
To their credit, South Wales kept fighting and scroed two more tries as time ran out through Ian Newbury and Dai Evans 80+
Final score: South Wales Scorpions 24-36 Hunslet Hawks
Hunslet Hawks: Lee Mapals, Danny Thomas, Mufaro Mvududu, Ayden Faal, Richie Barnett, Simon Brown, Danny Ansell, Matt Carbutt, Jack Lee, Lewis Reed, Daniel Williams, Jake Normington, Liam Mackay. Subs: George Flanagan, Craig Robinson, Austin Bell, Jack Coventry.
South Wales Scorpions: Jamie Murphy, Ian Newbury, Christiaan Roets, Jordan Sheridan, Dai Evans, Courtney Davies, Paul Emanuelli, Richard Jones, Connor Farrer, Izaak Duffy, Kyle Scrivens, Barrie Phillips, Alex Davidson. Subs: Osian Phillips, Bradley Hill, Kristian Baller, Sion Jones.
Referee: Liam Moore