Rishworthians mistakes in the 1st quarter prove costly
Rishworthians lost this game in the first 20 minutes, when their mistakes led to four unanswered tries for the home side. Each time they gave the ball away, they were hit on the counter by the swift Beverley backs, inspired by their back three and their chief tormentor Yorkshire under 20s fullback Luke Hazell. It was almost a repeat of the same fixture last season, for as Rishworthians came back strongly, he destroyed them with a late try from a dazzling run.
But it was the first 20 minutes when the damage was done. Hazell started it all off gathering a kick and setting his backs moving with Rishworthians struggling to stop them and conceding the first converted try with an inside pass to No 8 Alex McPeake. Hazell came back to torment them again minutes later finishing off a burst through the centre for a try in the corner.
The visitors came back well though, playing the phases until a dropped ball brought the speedy counterattack and Hazell was there again to combine with centre Will Turnbull for a converted try in the corner.
It was a repeat performance soon after as Rishworthians failed to control the ball and another speedy counterattack brought a fourth unconverted try in the corner.
At last the visitors got their game together. They started controlling the ball better and putting Beverley under extreme pressure. A penalty took them close to the home line. Flanker Harvey Keighley-Payne, who had an outstanding game, took the ball in the lineout. The forwards drove it on but were held. The ball came out and left wing Will McDonnell burst through the centre to touch down. Josh Kelly converted. He was almost in again on the left but Rishworthians were unable to add to their score and went into the break trailing 24 – 7.
After the restart a great turnover by centre Ben Hinsley saved a try and he and fellow centre Ben Waud put in some strong runs. But it was a break by lock Callum Heseltine, supported by fellow second row Fraser Swarbrooke, which brought an unconverted try wide out for scrum half George Wright.
Soon after a long pass from Kelly to Keighley-Payne opened up the home defence and he linked well with Heseltine and Swarbrooke to win a penalty near the home line. It was quickly taken and McDonnell was in again at the corner. It was all Rishworthians, but they could not break through again and looked as if they might have to settle for a losing bonus until once again, just like last season Hazell proved their undoing. He gathered a kick in his own half and set off, choosing the perfect line in a mazy run to glide through floundering Rishworthian defence to touch down in the corner and end any hopes the visitors had of getting anything from the game.
It was a different story at Copley where the Development team thrashed Cleckheaton seconds 76 – 7, scoring 12 tries. There were three tries for Jordan Zohs, two each for Kurt Sutcliffe and Anthony Shoesmith, and others by Olly Marshall, Luke Sutcliffe, Jacob Bower, Jack Smart and Joe Billing, who added eight conversions.
|1. J Crickmay||2. L Illingworth||3. R Mudd|
|6. H Keighley-Payne||7. T Muscat-Baron|
|4. C Heseltine||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. G Rollings|
|9. G Wright T|
|10. J Kelly C|
|12. B Waud|
|13. B Hinsley|
|11. W McDonnellT2||14. D Heseltine|
|15. S Bake|
|T Andrews||H.Robinson||P Kershaw|
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