After last weeks make shift side at Wharfedale, numerous players became available this week and Rish put out a strong team against last seasons nemesis, Heath 2nds.
Heath came to Copley with the target of first bragging rights of the season, and within the first 5 minutes it became obvious that they were going to play their forward oriented game which worked so successfully against us last season. After 10 minutes that style of play proved fruitful as a quick tap penalty close to our line sent a big forward crashing over in a pile of bodies.
Rish played a quicker game and gained good yardage through runs by Joe Billing and Tom Jowle, but the Heath defence was sturdy, though they were constantly penalised for not rolling away. Rish managed to get on the scoresheet from a Sam Bake penalty in front of the posts, but soon after was penalised, unjustly, for being offside, and Heath slotted over for an 8-3 half time lead.
Within a couple of minutes of the restart the Heath forwards had returned play into our 22, and a lovely little chip kick by Cole at scrum half found 2 Heath players with plenty of space out wide to score an easy try. Rishies were still feeling confident with Bake tackling everything in his 10 channel, and Jack Davis smashing the bejeesus out of anything that came near him. Rishies quick break out from defence went the length of the field with superb interplay between forwards and backs, finished off by Liam Phillips with the try. Bake made the conversion and the score was now 10-13.
Rish were then awarded a penalty in front of the posts, and to the dismay of the sidelines, we took a tap and go. The ball came out of the ruck to Bake who ducked under a tackle found the gap and scored under the posts. With his conversion Rish were in the lead 17-13. With 10 minutes to go the Rish boys defended stoically but Heaths large pack pounded our line and were rewarded with a try in the corner. With 6 points in it and time ticking by, it looked as though we could at the very least get a 7 point difference bonus point, but the Heath forwards put paid to that with another close range try. The conversion was good and that was it,17-25, and another defeat by Heath.
An absolute superb game of rugby with both sides battling it out to the final whistle. If Rish and Heath play with such intensity during the rest of the season, we should both do well in our first season in Championship North. Both sides meet again the week before Xmas and will no doubt be another humdinger.
Tries: Liam Phillips, Sam Bake
Cons: Bake 2
|1. M Brook||2. L Hilton||3. R Mudd|
|6. T.Cockroft||7. T Jowle|
|4. J McHugh||5. C Fox|
|8. J Davis|
|9. G Wright|
|10. S Bake T P C2|
|12. C Flanagan|
|13. J Billing|
|11. B Rooney||14. O Marshall|
|15. L Phillips T|
|Subs||P Gill C Hattam||P Savage||T Higginbottom||L Atkinson|
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