Gateshead Thunder 18, Hunslet 6

Gateshead Thunder produced a storming second half comeback to turn the tables on Hunslet Hawks and secure three valuable Co-op National League Two points.

Gateshead Thunder produced a storming second half comeback to turn the tables on Hunslet Hawks and secure three valuable Co-op National League Two points.

Thunder were nilled in the first half but then prevented Hunslet from scoring in the second on a saturated Thunderdome pitch.

Hunslet edged the first 40 minutes though Thunder wasted three chances near the line.

Darren Robinson's penalty for Hunslet was followed by the only try of the half, after Robin Peers was held in goal.

Robinson then put the former Gateshead winger Steve Morton over in the corner to give the Hawks a 6-0 half-time lead.

However, two converted tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second period from playmaker Tim Martin saw Thunder roar back.

Clint Frazer put Martin through a gap following a scrum, and then Martin got on the end of his own grubber kick.

Hunslet struggled to get over the halfway line and their only two threats came from scrum-half Matt Firth.

Gateshead finally made the game safe three minutes from time after Robinson had knocked on inside the visitors' half.

Stand-in half-back Mark Christensen exploited a gap in the Hawks left-side defence to hit the line from 20 metres, and seal victory.

THUNDER: Thorman 6, Peers 6, Stephenson 7, McKinley 6, Harris 6, Christensen 7, MARTIN 8, Doherty 7, Hyde 7, Cakacaka 7, Wooden 7, Nash 6, Williamson 8. Subs (all used): Clarke 8, Frazer 8, Parker 6, Bradley 7.

REFEREE: Mike Dawber (Wigan).

Attendance: 276.

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