Rishworthians pull away in second half
Rishworthians came from behind in the second half to register their first home Yorkshire One victory. Struggling against the much heavier Hills pack, they were losing 13 – 10 at half-time and sloppy tackling allowed visiting stand-off Dave Laycock to squeeze in for unconverted try just after the restart. But from then Rishworthians got their wide game moving and they were soon in the ascendancy, mainly thanks to the pace of teenage wing Kian Stewart, who scored twice to take his tally to seven in five games.
The home side did not start the game well and three penalties in a row ended with Hills taking a 3 – 0 lead. They came back strongly and series a sniping runs from scrum half Ed Cockroft saw them threatening the visitors’ line. But when Hills broke away Rishworthians struggled to hold them and had to thank Stewart and flanker Gerard Rollings for some strong tackling back. Another breakaway however brought a penalty to double the lead.
The Copley men hit back with good carries from Rollings, Fraser Swarbrooke, new No 8 Jack Andrews and teenage lock James McHugh before the ball went wide. Centre Dougie Heseltine did well to roll out of a tackle and put left wing Anthony Shoesmith in at the corner. Stand-off Josh Kelly converted with a fine kick and then made it 10 – 6 with a penalty.
The visitors then stole the ball in a lineout and No 8 Paul Purnell forced his way over for a converted try. Rishworthians turned down a penalty attempt but could not force their way over from the lineout and trailed 10 – 13 at the break.
Laycock’s try soon after the restart saw the home men trailing 10 – 18, but they were soon back in it with the ball coming out from the ruck and Stewart bursting through at pace to weave his way over. Kelly converted. Rishworthians pack was going back at a fast rate of knots in the scrums and new No 8 Jack Andrews worked tirelessly to rescue the ball and get it to scrum half Ed Cockroft.
It was a different matter in the loose, epitomised by the tackling of teenage replacement flanker Harry Robinson, who in one tackle took the player back six or seven yards and from it Kelly’s kick took play upfield to gain a penalty, which he kicked to give his side the lead.
Stewart burst through again in a 50-metre run and linked with Shoesmith. The left wing was caught just short of the line, but Kelly went over only for it to be judged held up. From the resulting scrum, a quick heel was gathered by Cockroft, who darted over in the corner.
Andrews turned the ball over brilliantly in the tackle and Cockroft fed Kelly who put Stewart away and he left defenders flailing hopelessly in his wake in a dazzling 50-metre dash to the line for the bonus point try. Kelly added the conversion and then gave Rishworthians a three score cushion with a penalty.
Hills hit back with a series of scrums on the home line, which brought a penalty try, but it was too little too late.
Rishworthians Development side cruised to a 50 – 5 win over Selby seconds with eight tries. There were two each for Olly Marshall and Liam Normanton and others from Paul Savage, Tom Cockroft, Ben Sutcliffe and Chris Flanagan. Sam Bake kicked five conversions.
|1. R Turner||2. C Stone||3. P Kershaw|
|6. G Rollings||7. C Heseltine|
|4. J McHugh||5. F Swarbrooke|
|8. J Andrews|
|9. E Cockroft T|
|10. J KellyC3 P3|
|12. O Scrimshaw|
|13. D Heseltine|
|11. K StewartT2||14. A ShoesmithT|
|15. B Wainwright|
|G Wright||R Mudd||H Robinson|
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