Great 2nd half from Rishies just miss out on a 4 try bonus point
Rishworthians took 30 minutes to realise that they could live with the league leaders, but by then it was too late. They dominated the rest of the game both with points and territory, but just failed to get a four-try bonus point. If they had been able to get first tackles on powerful right wing Gareth Singleton – who ran in four tries – things might have been different.
Early on Rishworthians seemed in awe of the powerful well-drilled York side, making too many mistakes and getting their tactics wrong. Any possession they had they either kicked away or managed to give the ball back with mistakes and time and time again they were punished at the breakdown by the powerful York back row.
They went behind to a penalty, then Singleton’s first try and another penalty to trail 11 – 0 after 10 minutes.Tricky right wing Kian Stewart, who was a thorn in the York side throughout, took them at last into the York ‘22’, but they could not put it to any advantage and the home side came away and pressure on the visitors’ line brought another try.
Rishworthians had their first real pressure with lock Fraser Swarbrooke and prop Harry Whitfield making good ground, but they could not turn it into points. Again they gave the ball away and soon found themselves further behind with two more tries, one of them converted to make it 28 – 0 with five minutes to go to half-time.
Finally they got their game going. A strong run by Whitfield took them deep into the York half. When the ball was moved out fullback Luke Flanagan, who was outstanding throughout, almost got through, then Stewart, Whitfield, Swarbrooke and flanker Gerard Rollings all went close before the ball was moved left for wing Anthony Shoesmith to score in the corner to end the half.
Rishworthians started the second half strongly, but a dropped ball saw them forced back and Singleton punished them with another try in the corner. They hit straight back though and from a lineout the ball was moved out and Ben Wainwright burst through at centre to touch down. Josh Kelly added the conversion.
They continued to press, but another breakaway saw them concede a converted try. It was the last time the home side saw the ball as Rishworthians threw everything at them in the last 15 minutes.
Shoesmith and Wainwright almost got through down the left before Stewart set up play in the centre with another dazzling run. The ball came out to Kelly who almost got over but got the ball away for Rollings to touch down. Kelly converted. Rishworthians kept up the pressure and centre Doug Heseltine was stopped short of the line after a fine run. Near the end a fine crossfield kick from Kelly just eluded Stewart to prevent them getting what would have been a well-deserved bonus point fourth try.
Rishworthians’ Development side went down 34 – 13 at Copley to a strong West Leeds outfit. Oliver Marshall got the try and Sam Bake kicked the conversion and two penalties.
|1. H Whitfield||2. C Stone||3. P Kershaw|
|6. H Robinson||7. G Rollings T|
|4. C Heseltine||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. J Andrews|
|9. G Wright|
|10. J Kelly C2|
|12. O Scrimshaw|
|13. D Heseltine|
|11. A Shoesmith T||14. K Stewart|
|15. L Flanagan|
|G Day||B Wainwright T||R Turner|
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