Good first half by Rishworthians but Hills take second half
Old Rishworthians comfortably defeated Wheatley Hills 26-7 at Doncaster scoring three tries to one. The only disappointment was not securing a 4 try bonus point, but with 5 teams below them losing Old Rishworthians now move up to 7th in their first season in Yorkshire 1. The team showed several changes from the previous week with Jack Andrews moving to second row and Gerard Rollings at No. 8. All three scrum halves were unavailable with Joe Billing taking over. Sam Nunn started his first game since December 2nd after being injured and Chris Dyson made his first start of the season.
Following the heavy rain and frost the pitch was in good condition and the visitors almost scored in the first minute of the game when a pass went astray, but Josh Kelly kicked a penalty, for off side after 3 minutes. Old Rishworthians were starting to keep pressure on the large Wheatley Hills pack and Kelly kept them in their own 22. Good runs from the front row of Harry Whitfield, Chris Stone and Josh Crickmay, made sure that the backs had the home side on the back foot. After 15 minutes the Wheatley Hills full back Craig Jeffells was yellow carded for a high tackle and the visitors made use of the extra man by scoring the opening try. Anthony Shoesmith gathered the ball on the left and created a gap for Sam Nunn to score the first try. The conversion attempt by Kelly hit the upright.
Two more penalties were conceded by Wheatley Hills and Kelly converted both to make the score 14-0. Wheatley Hills had hardly been in the Old Rishworthians half and perhaps there was a tendency to over kick but the next try had quality written all over it. Good handling by Luke and Chris Flanagan,enabled Ben Waud to break through, and he offloaded to the supporting Rollings for the number 8 to dive over near the corner flag. Kelly missed the conversion.
The Wheatley forwards started to win more ball with Dan Undy and Paul Purnell making ground but these breaks were stopped by Harvey Keighley-Payne, who was having another, storming game, in line outs and the loose. Jack Andrews seemed to enjoy his new position and together with Frazer Swarbrooke made useful ground up the middle of the field. At half time the score was 19-0 and the visiting spectators looked forward to the second half.
Well this half did not produce the additional try feast that Old Rishworthians were hoping. After a half time team talk the home side went up a gear and started to pose threats by running the ball. From one attack on the Stand side Sam Nunn intercepted the pass and ran 40 metres to score under the posts for a try which was converted by Kelly.
Now for the bonus point. Unfortunately the fourth try did not appear, and the visitors were suddenly defending for their lives. An attack of 14 phases by Wheatley Hills was turned over near the visitors try line and the ball cleared by Kelly. The defence especially by the front row and Andrews had been exceptional, and the aim of scoring the additional try turned into a defensive battle.
Eventually the Wheatley Hills right wing Dave Laycock scored a try converted by Gillvray. Rishworthians had two further penalties and kicked for the corner, when Waud almost got over, but there was no further score, 26-7. The result ensures that Wheatley Hills remain bottom of Yorkshire 1.
The development team lost 38-5 to Bradford Salem in a North Championship Merit League match. The Rishworthians try was scored by Luke Dawrant.
|1. H Whitfield||2. C Stone||3. J Crickmay|
|6.C Flanagan||7. H Keighley-Payne|
|4. J Andrews||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. G RollingsT|
|9. J Billing|
|10. J KellyC P3|
|12. B Waud|
|13. C Dyson|
|11. S NunnT2||14. A Shoesmith|
|15. L Flanagan|
|P Kershaw||J McHugh||T Jowle|
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