COVENTRY Bears succumbed to the league leaders Hunslet RLFC at the weekend, who kept their position as the only League 1 club with a 100% record, losing 44-10 at South Leeds Stadium.
The Bears knew exactly how tough Sunday’s trip to Yorkshire would be, and went into the fixture having not playing the previous week due to a postponement – which took away some of their edge.
Hosts Hunslet went ahead when Josh Tonks crossed the line eight minutes into the game, whilst Joe Sanderson put away the conversion.
Nathan Chappell then broke through moments after the restart to add a second converted score of the game and open a 12-0 lead.
Six more points were added to the scoreboard after prop Adam Robinson’s converted try after 18 minutes, prior to trailing 28-0 at half-time following Ben Heaton and Gareth Potts tries.
Tom Tsang’s team-talk at the break produced a more invigorated performance in the second-half, getting just rewards for their efforts when Kieran Sherratt notched his name on the scoreboard after sustained pressure.
Hunslet were coy to let Bears back into the contest though, and responded with through another try from Robinson.
Heaton also scored a second try, putting his side 40-6 up, added another score shortly after.
David Petersen scored the final try of the game for Bears, to at least make the scoreline slightly more respectable.
Bears are without a fixture this weekend, but next travel to Doncaster on Sunday April 7 (3pm), who sit level on points in sixth place, just above seventh-placed Coventry.