Despite a good first half performance, Rishworthians’ Development side crashed out of the Northern and Southern Championship Merit League Cup at Moortown. At half time they trailed 19 – 14 but looked as if they might go on strongly in the second period. But they were unable to control the game and every mistake was capitalised on by the home side, with long raking kicks sending them back deep into their 22. Great spirit was showed by the side, who had several players playing out of position, and they finished strongly with an excellent third try.
It was a poor start to the game conceding an early converted try, but the visitors hit back, and with the front five dominating the scrums, were soon level, the ball coming out from a scrum for captain Kurt Sutcliffe to burst through and touch down. Joe Billing added the conversion.
They went behind again when a kick through was regathered for a converted try. They soon levelled though. Lock James McHugh burst through from a lineout and a short pass from Billing put Gez Rollings through. Billing added the conversion. On the stroke of half-time they suffered a blow with an unconverted try in the corner.
Two further unconverted tries wide out early in the second half sealed the game for the home side. They had started with long kicks into the Rishworthian 22 and another led to a try from a catch and drive and rolling maul.
The visitors came back strongly in the last 15 minutes, with Will Illingworth touching down in the corner after a flowing move, but it proved only a consolation.
Tries: Kurt Sutcliffe, Gez Rollings, Will Illingworth
Cons: Joe Billing (2)
|1. P Kertshaw||2.L Illingworth||3. R Mudd|
|6.T Muscat-Baron||7. G Day|
|4. J McHugh||5. H Soothill|
|8. E Pollard|
|9. L Phillips|
|10. J Billing C2|
|12. Kurt Sutcliffe T|
|13. G Rollings T|
|11. C Keighley-Payne||14. G Withers|
|15. S Bake|
|Subs||C Hattam||H Hilton||J Smart||W Illingworth T|
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