A 20 minute 4 try blitz sinks Rishworthians
It proved a comfortable win for Heath with a purple patch in the last 20 minutes of the first half, but there were plenty of positives for Rishworthians. With eight of their regular line-up missing, mainly through injury, it was always going to be tough, with added late changes making it even tougher. Nevertheless it took 20 minutes for Heath to finally break through what had been a strong Rishworthian defence.
The visitors had their moments, with left wing Luke Flanagan in particular showing great skill. It took a kick through and chase by left wing Callum Harriott-Brown to win the race to touch down for a converted try. A penalty stretched the lead to 10 – 0, but Rishworthians came back strongly and were attacking on the home 22 when their luck ran out. They were playing with a penalty advantage and hardly had the referee called ‘advantage over’ than the ball was intercepted by right wing Jacob Storey, who ran on to score an unconverted try in the corner.
A lineout catch and drive ended with Heath prop Oliver Cook touching down another unconverted try. The half ended with Heath skipper Ian Downsborough touching down a converted try to make it 27 – 0 at the break.
Far from capitulating at this stage, Rishworthians put in a strong second half performance, led by prop Josh Crickmay and flanker Harvey Keighley-Payne. Josh Kelly, not fully recovered from a seriously gashed knee, had been on stand-by on the bench. He came on and his booming kicks helped the visitors to either make ground or relieve pressure.
There were many promising moves which unfortunately ended with mistakes, otherwise Rishworthians might have got on the scoreboard. Their defence though was again strong and could only be breached by the seemingly unstoppable replacement Jordan Moana, who added a fifth converted try late in the half.
The visitors never gave up and came up with a fine try of their own in the final minutes. Centre Ben Waud, who had an outstanding game, used his strength to break through and gallop towards the line, with fellow centre Ben Hinsley taking the pass to score his first try for the club. Kelly added the conversion.
|1. J Crickmay||2. L.Illingworth||3. C Stone|
|6. T Muscat-Baron||7. H Keighley-Payne|
|4.G Rollings||5. J McHugh|
|8. J Clarke|
|9. G Wright|
|12. B Waud|
|13. B Hinsley T|
|11. O Marshall||14. L Flanagan|
|15. C Cullimore|
|E Pollard||J Kelly C||W Mc Donnell|
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