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1st XV Match Report - Yorkshire 1

Old Rishworthians 29 - 7 Keighley

Rishworthians gain a bonus point win and double over Keighley

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Match Report Saturday 24th March - Yorkshire 1

Rishworthians completed a fine double with almost a mirror image of their November win at Keighley. Just as then Keighley dominated the opening exchanges and went ahead with a try but Rishworthians came back strongly, completely dominating the scrums and saw out the second half with a quality performance to gain a second bonus point win over the visitors. Apart from the dominance up front there was an excellent display from the two teenage centres, Sam Bake and, on his debut Ben Sutcliffe.

In the first quarter it was all defence for Rishworthians, led by flanker Harvey Keighley-Payne, as the visitors applied almost constant pressure, with the home men time and time again having to scramble the ball away from near their line. The pressure eventually told with a converted try wide on the right. That seemed to inspire Rishworthians and they hit straight back.

A great move involving flanker Nick Faulkner, No8 Gerard Rollings and left wing Anthony Shoesmith saw them cross the line only to be brought back for a forward pass. The dominance in the scrum had already started with the front five of Harry Whitfield, Chris Stone, Josh Crickmay, Callum Heseltine and skipper Fraser Swarbrooke tearing their opposite numbers apart. From the scrum from the forward pass they drove Keighley back and crossed the line only to be denied by the referee. They did the same at the next scrum, with Faulkner picking up to put Rollings over for an unconverted try.

Keighley-Payne then picked up from a breakdown and put in a strong run which brought a penalty kicked by scrum half Ed Cockroft. After a brilliant break Sutcliffe was denied what appeared a good try and Rishworthians went into the break leading 8 – 7 – exactly as they had at Keighley four months ago.

Half Time Old Rishworthians 8 - 7 Keighley

As well as dominating up front, the home side brought their backs into play well with right wing Joe Billing, fullback Luke Flanagan and stand-off Josh Kelly all working well. They had to defend though in the opening minutes and great tackling saw the ball go loose for left wing Shoesmith to pick up and run 60 metres to score under the posts. Cockroft converted.

Faulkner put Whitfield away on a barnstorming run. He was held up just short but got the ball away for fellow prop Crickmay to bulldoze over. Cockroft converted. Rishworthians then broke away from their own half with Swarbrooke twice involved in the move before putting Whitfield away on another strong run. He set up the play and the ball came out for Sutcliffe to score a richly deserved debut try and earn his side a bonus point. Cockroft added the conversion. They almost got away for another near the end with Bake, Billing and Rollings involved in a quality move.

The Development team lost 22 – 19 at Keighley. Tries came from Phil Kershaw, Will McDonnell and Kurt Sutcliffe, who also kicked two conversions.

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Squad
1. H Whitfield 2. C Stone 3. J Crickmay T
6. H Keighley-Payne 7. N Faulkner
4. C Heseltine 5. F Swarbrooke
8. G Rollings T
9. E Cockroft C3 P
10. J Kelly
12. B Sutcliffe T
13. S Bake
11. J Billing 14. A Shoesmith T
15. L Flanagan
Subs
C Flanagan R Bullough H Robinson

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