Rishworthians unable to unlock Pontefract defence
Old Rishworthians were defeated by Pontefract 12-20 in the first home league match of the season. The weather conditions were very poor with much needed rain falling throughout the first half. The Rishworthian team fielded as selected.
From the kick off the visitors playing into the rain and towards the club house, had a scrum from a knock on. Their dangerous backs led by scrum half Callum Watts, moved the ball into the home 22 and following a further scrum, Old Rishworthians conceded a penalty on their own 22 and Watts kicked the goal.
Josh Crickmay and Chris Stone began to make inroads into the Pontefract three quarters with their powerful running and after 15 minutes following an off side, Josh Kelly kicked a penalty for the Copley men. Kelly began to control the game and good line out takes by Harvey Keighley -Payne and Fraser Swarbrooke, enabled the game to be played in the Pontefract half. Further pressure saw the visitors penalised at a ruck and on 32 minutes Kelly kicked a further penalty.
The visitors back row with Gareth Burns leading the way started to make yards into the home half and from a quick move and some poor tackling Craig Forcett scored a try under the posts and the conversion was kicked by Watts. Kelly had a further penalty attempt which he converted, and soon after he kicked the ball across field to the waiting Joe Billing, who appeared to have scored but refereed Tony Smith thought otherwise and at half time the score was 9-10.
The weather improved in the second half and the Copley scrum started to shove Pontefract backwards. The visitors were not penalised and Burns was able to tidy up and charge forwards on several occasions. Will McDonnell was high tackled and appeared injured and was replaced by Ethan Pollard, who was making his debut.
Sam Bake started making inroads into the visitors defence and on several occasions the final pass went astray. One move involving, Bake, Luke Flanagan and McDonnell, who had now returned, almost produced a try but a tackle on him near the Pontefract line ensured that the visitors cleared their lines. Doug Heseltine made several breaks and could not obtain support.
With 12 minutes to go Pontefract gained possession in the home half and following penalties by the Copley men Pontefract's Forcett scored a try under the posts converted by Watts to make the score 9-17 to Pontefract. Kelly then kicked another penalty but following a high tackle Watts kicked a penalty to seal the game for the visitors 12-20. So the second defeat of the season and no bonus points. The positives were the scrum and line outs but the negatives was overkicking.
|1. C Stone||2. L Illingworth||3. J Crickmay|
|6. T Muscat-Baron||7. H Keighley-Payne|
|4. C Heseltine||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. J Andrews|
|9. G Wright|
|10. J Kelly P4|
|12. D Heseltine|
|13. L Flanagan|
|11. W McDonnell||14. J Billing|
|15. S Bake|
|E Pollard||K Williams||R Mudd|
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