Cornwall were defeated away to third placed Hunslet in a close affair at the South Leeds Stadium on Sunday.

Hunslet scored three converted tries within the final 10 minutes of the game to secure their victory, making the scoreline flatter the hosts.

Prior to these late attempts, Cornwall had performed considerably well against Dean Muir’s team, particularly considering Hunslet's strong record of previously beating table leaders Keighley Cougars.

Cornwall’s head coach Mike Abbott switched four players from the starting line-up of the previous week's match against Oldham.

Cameron Brown and Harry Aaronson overcame injuries to join the field alongside AJ Boardman, who had his loan from Rochdale extended on Thursday, and Adam Rusling.

They replaced Kyle Marvin, injured, and Nathan Conroy, bumped to interchange with Jake Lloyd as David Weetman came on to lock the scrum at loose forward.

The match, played under a drizzly sky, started positively for the visiting Cornwall side.

Cornwall took early control of the game, demonstrating prowess both in offensive and defensive manoeuvres.

However, it was after the return of Brown, having been assessed for an injury, that the match began to sway in Hunslet’s favour.

A try from Hunslet's Ethan O’Hanlon just before half time took the home side into the lead.

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Cornwall made a comeback after the restart, with Nathan Conroy, playing against his former club, scoring his fourth try in five games to take the lead for the visitors.

Cornwall’s lead however was snatched away by Hunslet's Josh Jordan-Roberts well timed try against the visitors.

One and a half minutes into the game's final quarter, Dean Muir's side scored again, with Jude Ferreira catching a flying kick with flair to finish smoothly.

Cornwall retaliated with an exceptional try from Bailey Black, scoring his second in a Cornwall uniform.

Despite Brown’s conversion, Hunslet was leading by eight points.

The game took a turn for Hunslet when Brown was given a yellow card by referee Tara Jones for a high tackle on Hunslet's full-back Jimmy Watson.

The penalisation, deemed marginal by some, occurred as Brown tackled Watson whilst he was falling, giving Hunslet the opportunity to solidify their lead.

Two successful tries from Hunslet's Will Adams finally secured Hunslet's win.

Jack Render rounded off the match with another successful catch and score on the final tackle.