Shortly after reporting on Facebook how the sun was shining brightly on Morley Rugby Club for the anticipated local derby with Sandal, members of the visiting squad began trooping out of the club house and into their cars. The game was off. Morley's impressive main stand was casting a shadow over a section of the pitch and this small area was frozen. Despite an overnight cover, the small rise in temperature hadn't been enough for a complete thaw. So, a ten mile or so dash along the M62 took ickledot to Huddersfield to see their top of the table encounter with Hull Rugby Club. The kick-off was at 3 o'clock so there was still plenty of time to get settled and savour the atmosphere.
Turned out it was a good choice, opting for Huddersfield, as the other nearby fixture, Cleckheaton v Rossendale, was also a victim of the freezing conditions. A good choice also as the clash was highly entertaining and keenly fought. Huddersfield's web team have been most efficient as there's already a comprehensive report on their site, so no need for ickledot to go into great detail here.
Suffice it to say that Huddersfield had the better of opening skirmishes and didn't really look back after an early penalty kick and an opening try from Brandon Conway. Hull were able to get on the scoreboard with a single converted try but mainly the traffic was in the opposite direction, the final score being 31-7.
Huddersfield's former Yorkshire Under 20 star, Chris Bell, put in a near faultless display with place kicks and his kicking in open play had Hull under pressure throughout the game. It was great to see him and other U20 alumni, Lewis Bradley for Huddersfield and Ali Heard for Hull, having a major impact on the game. Ali is pictured below tackling Adam Malthouse, a player ickledot photographed many times during his time at Bradford & Bingley,