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Blues 19-29 Hull Ionians

Hull Ionians ran out as 19-29 winners against Macclesfield at Priory Park. The game started evenly for the first 15 minutes, with neither side able to assert any dominance to carve out an opportunity or even get themselves out of second gear.

This was until the 16th minute when Sam Broster drove over in the corner for the Blues after some goal line pressure. The visitors were soon back on level pegging after they drove over from a maul in the 25th minute. After that the game returned to its scrappy nature, littered with handling errors meaning that the game was tied 5-5 at the break.

Hull were the first to draw blood after the half, again profiting from a driving maul after a string of penalties against Macc. The stream of penalties resulted in Matt King sent to the sin bin for Macclesfield with half an hour remaining. Hull made the man advantage count as Stephen Slingsby crossed after Hull cut through the Blues backline. Dan Tai Sen then secured the bonus point on 60 minutes after showing some serious pace to score under the posts, making the score 26-5 to Hull.

The Blues hit back in the 68th minute, after Tom Mantell bulldozed his way under the posts. Macc then added another try as Matt King dived onto a grubber kick behind the line. Ill-discipline cost Macclesfield a losing bonus point as Hull Fly Half Lee Millar slotted a penalty in the last minute of the game. Next up for Hull is Blackheath at home whilst Macclesfield travel to Blaydon.

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"You can argue one way or the other of those areas so they are what they are..." @CastresRugby's Defence Coach Joe Worsley is disappointed as a hard earnt win is snatched away in the last seconds. "We're gutted not to be continuing this tournament" 😪 #HeinekenChampionsCup

"The belief when you're in that dressing room with those players is something else, they just don't know when they're beaten!" @Harlequins Defence Coach Jerry Flannery is full of praise for his squad, stepping up against a relentless Castres side 👊 #HeinekenChampionsCup

"When things aren't going our way it's just important that we stay in the fight" 💪 Sage words from @Harlequins eight Alex Dombrandt who put on a true Man of the Match performance, scoring the winning try in a remarkable game 👏 #HeinekenChampionsCup

ALEX DOMBRANDT HAS WON IT RIGHT AT THE END! 😳 With the clock in the red, Castres thought they had won it with a turnover. Instead, Domrandt's quick penalty and try is given! It's the familiar story, @Harlequins win in the dying seconds 😌 #HeinekenChampionsCup

Ben Botica that kick was perfect!! 😍 @CastresRugby break out of the scrum with quick hands and Ben Botica drops a pin-point cross-field kick straight into the hands of Filipo Nakosi for the bonus point try 🙌 What. A. game! 🥵 #HeinekenChampionsCup

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