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Hull of a fightback sees Bradford Salem triumph
Hullensians 22 Bradford Salem 28
Salem put a real marker down with a hard-fought victory at Hullensians.
The home side took a 7-0 lead and things got worse for Salem as the hosts increased their lead to 12 points from a turnover.
Although full back Danny Belcher got the visitors on the board with a well-struck penalty, Hullensians responded with a penalty of their own to lead 15-3 at the break.
Hullensians missed an early chance to increase their advantage in the second half and were reduced to 14 men after back-rower JJ Burrell was harshly sin-binned for killing the ball.
Salem took advantage when winger Sam Dunn showed good strength to go over on the right, Belcher landing the conversion.
Two further Belcher penalties gave Salem a slender 16-15 lead and it was extended when the same player scored a brilliant individual try from halfway. He improved it himself to put Salem 23-15 up.
Hullensians hit back with a try, despite the final pass looking suspiciously forward, the conversion putting them within a point of Bradford.
Salem then got to within metres of the home line and, although they should have been awarded a penalty try when flanker Jamie Booth was high tackled in the act of scoring, second-rower and skipper James Cunliffe was on hand to drive over from the next play to seal an excellent victory.
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