Ben Hellewell is Scots’ saviour in 30-30 draw with Italy
Dave Hadfield was a schoolboy convert to rugby league, the game which, one way or another, has dominated his life ever since. After working for newspapers in Shropshire and Blackpool (where he covered the fortunes of Blackpool Borough) he travelled the world, working mainly in Hong Kong and Sydney. He became The Independent's rugby league man in 1990 and has written five books on the game and broadcast extensively for Sky and the BBC. Dave played his last game at the age of 53 and would have set up a try if anyone could have been bothered supporting his break. When not writing about the sport, he now limits himself to a bit of tick and pass with his local club, the Bolton Mets. Family includes supporters - of varying degrees of dedication - of Salford, Wigan, Sheffield Eagles and St George Illawarra.
Sunday 03 November 2013
Ben Hellewell’s second try gave Scotland a creditable and possibly crucial 30-30 draw against Italy on Sunday in another blockbuster World Cup encounter at Workington.
Five days earlier, the Scots had edged out Tonga 26-24 and they were given another stern test by Group C rivals Italy, who were looking to make it a hat-trick of wins against British opposition after beating England in a friendly and Wales in their World Cup opener.
Inspired by Danny Brough, Steve McCormack’s Scots took a 14-0 lead and kept their noses in front until the hour, but they looked increasingly jaded as Italy moved into a 30-26 lead. However, the Azzurri were hit on the break and Hellewell grounded in the corner to earn a deserved point that keeps alive Scots hopes of reaching the knockout stages.
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