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Rishworthians v Brodleians

Rishies host Brods to open mini rugby games for 2017-18 season

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Match report Sunday 1st October
Another new season starts and a tough opening fixture with local rivals Brodleians making the short journey. Most of the games were very even as in the past. The under 7s made an impreesive start with their first competitive game but the under 12s struggled mainly due to the new players not quite up to speed yet.

Under 6's The Micros
The micros had a training session at Copley with approx 10 players training.

Under 7's The Young Guns
Fantastic start from the Young Guns

Both Rishworthians and Brodleians under 7s played their first games of competitive rugby with a round robin series of 4 a side tag rugby. Both clubs fielded 2 sides. No scores were recorded with it being the first game and players getting used to a competitive fixture.

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Under 8's The Bears and Bulls
Excellent start for the squad

This was the first game of the season and the players were getting used to the new rules for under 8s. Defence was good, with lots of tags being made on both sides.

Rishworthians Bears 8 - 5 Brodleians A
There were some great runs from all players including storming attacks from Charlie and Leah. Jean, Declan and Freddie were strong in defence for Rishies and at half time they were 4-2 up.

Rishworthians Bulls 11 - 10 Brodleians B
The players all grew in confidence as the games went on, with notable efforts from Claudia and Harry in defence and Reuben and William in their team play. Lewi produced some great attacking runs.

Well done Rishies!

Leah's team The Bears:- Leah Ashurst, Charlie Fenton, Jean Peron, Declan O'Callaghan, Freddie Sharp
Lewi's team The Bulls:- Lewi Whiteoak, Reuben Misselbrook, Harry Smurthwaite, Claudia Grogan and William Thorp.

Under 9's The Cougars and Jaguars
Tremendous start for the squad

The Cougars and Jaguars threw away their tag belts and opened the new season hosting local rivals Brodleians and played their first competitive games of contact rugby. The squad have trained well for this game change and didn't disappoint their coaches with two fine performances.

Rishworthians Cougars 5 - 5 Brodleians A
Brods were soon into their stride and jumped into a 2-0 lead, as it took a while for rishes to get into their stride. Captain Seth Brooks steadied the team with some heavy tackles in the middle of the park which allows Josh Cooke and Oscar Marsden to bring the scores level. The teams then traded scores to bring the scores level at 4-4 with 5 minutes to play, another by Cooke and one by Tobias Stansfield. William Hamilton then marked his debut with a solo try running straight through the heart of the Brods line making the scores 5-4 to Rishworth. Brods then came strong in the last minutes and scored a well deserved try, and nearly won the game in the corner if it was not for a game saving try by standfield.

Rishworthians Jaguars 6 - 4 Brodleians B
The game started well for both teams with the forwards scoring 4 tries each, Cooke 2, Thomas Sheenan and Hamilton scoring for Rishes. The game then entered a defensive stage with Marsden marshalling the backs allowing for some excellent defence from Rocco Hirst and Arron Lapsley which allowed Rishes to turn the screw and allow further tries by Marsden, Brooks and a finishing try by Oliver Boyd

Under 10's The Cheetahs and Leopards
Clean sweep for Cheetahs and Leopards

Rishworthian Leopards 7 - 4 Brodleians A
Rishworthian Leopards 5 - 3 Brodleian B
Rishworthian Cheetahs 8 - 2 Brodleians A
Rishworthian Cheetahs 6 - 4 Brodleian B

The Old Rishworthians Under 10s started the new season off on Sunday against Old Brodleians. The fixture is always competitive and this year was no different.

.Both teams adapted well to the introduction of rucking, mauling and scrummaging with players from both sides competing well in the breakdown and well as scoring some excellent tries. Jai Thorne, Oisin Gallen Watkinson and Declan Holland continually won the ball from the opposition in rucks while Oliver O’Connor and Ronnie Darby were the days top try scorers.

.Overall a fantastic effort from all the Old Rishworthian under 10s player led to the teams winning all their matches.

Under 11's The Panthers and Pumas
Brods four try blitz sinks Rishies Panthers

The opening game of the season saw two well matched sides produce a close game with Brods hanging on to win.

Rishworthians Panthers 3 - 4 Brodleians
Rishies started brightly and opened the scoring with a try created within the Panthers 15 metre line by Dawson Walsh who off-loaded the ball to Archie Sykes.

Brods came back strongly to stun the Panthers with a four try blitz. Panthers then recovered and pressured the Brods try line. The Panthers second try eventually came when Alfie Cox Kelly scored a try from a tap penalty given 15 meters out.

Rishies now on top added their third try when Archie Sykes scored his second try after good work in the ruck from Cameron Barnes and Harry Greenwood. Time ran out as the Panthers hunted for an equaliser.

A great game of rugby played at Copley this morning.

Tries Alfie Cox Kelly Archie Sykes 2,

Under 12's The Lions and Tigers
Rishies lions recover after first qtr mauling by Brods

There was a good turnout for the local derby with Old Brods, who brought a strong squad. The game was split into four quarters to give all players some game time

Rishworthians 1 - 7 Brodleians
Both sides were well organised and committed with Brods coming strongly out of the blocks in the first quarter. An injury to Aiden Wright disrupted the Rishies game plan and five tries were conceded in the first 15 minutes. Rishies regrouped and their performance picked up over the course of the game. A well worked try finished off in style by Leo was the reward that the team deserved and the final score of 7-1 to Brods didn’t reflect the closeness of the match.

Man of match was Toby Didgiunaitis for his versatile performance behind the scrum.

It was great to get everyone at the club and hopefully we can keep that going for Hollas Lane matches.

Try - Leo Kemp .

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