Rishworthian Development team took on a much changed Yarnbury team that they played a few months ago. This team came to Copley intent on smashing the smaller home team whenever the chance arose. If they had brought their own kit for the kick off the first half might have different as the away team were wearing a mix match of Old Rish kits found in the changing rooms.
The afternoon started with a minutes applause in memory of our much loved team mate and friend Lewis which was a poignant moment as his family was their in support of the team and for Lewis' memory.
Yarnbury kicked off and the ball was allowed to bounce by the Rish pack. Yarnbury reacted quicker to the loose ball and regained possession. After a few phases of play and pressure in the home teams half the ball was knocked on and a scrum awarded. As the teams packed down it was clear to see which team had the size advantage, but looks are often deceiving and the Copley boys proved this to be true as they drove the Yarnbury team back and this continued for the rest of the game.
After a few phases of play and Rish trying to take the Yarnbury team on up front, which Yarnbury revelled in, the ball was eventually moved wide by the backs. Oliver Marshall, starting at fullback, received the ball and side stepped a couple of defenders before straightening and when he drew the fullback slipped in his winger Marcello for a try in the corner. The kick from the touch line was made by Sam Bake and Rish were up and running, 7 -0.
The Dev pack were starting to play with a little more intensity and Lee Atkinson playing at scrum half behind the pack was starting to pull the strings and he allowed the back line to have good quick ball which they exploited to perfection. The ball was worked from the home 22 to half way when outside centre Ben Sutcliffe got the ball and went on a touch line run. With tackles coming in Sutty handed off 2 would be tacklers and raced in to score in the corner for Rish's second try. Same Bake landed another good touch line kick to make the score 14 - 0.
The home team were now starting to play at the pace the coaching team had always wanted and on the heavy pitch this proved fruitful again when Atkinson had a snipe from the ruck and broke the first tackle. His support runner Wes Aldridge was held back by an opposing player, but Twacky kept his head and found support from skipper Kurt Sutcliffe who took the ball at pace, ok maybe not pace, at a stroll on the 22 and he also alluded tackles like his name sake previously but was tackled a yard short of the line. After what seemed like an eternity, he realised he wasn't held and decided to get to his feet and dive in at the corner for the third try. Bake landed his third touch line kick to make the score 21 - 0.
For the remainder of the half the home team seemed to take their foot off the gas and this allowed Yarnbury to gain some momentum and take the game to Rish. After a few phases of play Rish infringed and also moaned to the ref and Yarnbury were awarded a penalty in front of the posts on the 22 which they duly took. 21 - 3. Yarnbury buoyed by this came forward again and Rish for some reason, I think the pitch didn't help, allowed them to cross the gain line time after time and Rish again infringed around the ruck and a penalty was awarded in a similar position to the first but this time the kick was pulled wide and this concluded the scoring opportunities.
Yarnbury wanted to smash the Rish boys at every opportunity and the 2nd half epitomised this with huge tackles flying in from all members of the away team, who were now playing in their own kit and which helped them realise who their team mates were. Rish seemed to relish this and decided to take on the big Yarnbury team up front. To the lads credit they held their own and made yardage with every carry. The back row of Tom Jowle, Josh Illingworth and Ethan Pollard were the vanguard of this and the front row of Ryan Mudd, Luke Illingworth and Richard Turner followed suit with their own barnstorming runs.
The narrow pitch didn't help the home team but some excellent lines of running by the Sutcliffe twins kept the home side on the front foot and the forward momentum allowed for a good platform to play from, although the Yarnbury defence was stoic and resolute and they held out for long periods. Substitutions were made at timely intervals which seemed to keep the pace of the game at the level Rish wanted and this eventually resulted in their 4th try. On the Yarnbury 22 Bake dropped off Big Al down the middle and the huge centre used his weight to great advantage powering through the defensive line and scrambling over the try line under the posts. Bake landed the kick to make the score 28 - 3.
To Yarnbury's credit they kept coming at the Dev boys and finished the game on the front foot. but the home team held strong and won the game without conceding a try.
Tries; K Sutcliffe 2, B Sutcliffe, Marcello
Cons; S Bake 4
Line up; R Turner, L Illingworth, R Mudd, A Bell, W Aldridge, T Jowle, J Illingworth, E Pollard, L Atkinson, S Bake, Marcelo, K Sutcliffe, B Sutcliffe, W Illingworth, O Marshall.
Subs; A Khan, T Muscat-Baron, L Dawrant, J Whiteley, C Cowie
|1. R Turner||2. L Illingworth||3. R Mudd|
|6. J Illingworth||7. T Jowle|
|4. A Bell||5. W Aldridge|
|8. E Pollard|
|9. L Atkinson|
|10. S Bake C4|
|12.K Sutcliffe T2|
|13. B Sutcliffe T|
|11. Marcello T||14. W Illingworth|
|15. O Marshall|
|Subs||A Khan||T Muscat-Baron||C Cowey L Dawrant||J Whiteley|
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