A bonus point win nudges Rishworthians a point closer to league leaders
Old Rishworthian scored 6 tries in defeating Wetherby 36 -12 at Grange Park gaining a 4 try bonus point and close the gap on Roundhegians who also won but failed to get a try b onus point.
Tom Olroyd started his first game on the right wing, with Tom Andrews at fly half and Josh Kelly at inside centre. Anthony Shoesmith returned to the left wing with Jack Smart at tighthead prop. The bench included Finn Sutcliffe, Ben Westbury and the youthful Chris Fox as front row replacement.
The pitch was in excellent condition considering the amount of rain which has fallen and the visitors immediately pressurised the home team when Olroyd received the ball and chipped ahead, forcing a scrum 10 metres from the Wetherby line. The scrum went back at a rate of knots and following a Wetherby defensive lapse, scrum half Liam Phillips scored a try which was unconverted.
The home side gained a penalty for off side which the Wetherby goal kicker missed, but from a scrum in the Wetherby half, the visiting three quarters moved the ball wide and then back inside to Josh Kelly who scored a try under the posts which he converted. At this stage the Wetherby left wing, one of theIr most dangerous runners was yellow carded for a professional foul.
The forwards were creating opportunities for their backs, who looked dangerous every time they had possession. Jacob Bower at No 8, Ethan Pollard and Tusiga Simanu, formed a lively back row combination, with Bower making breaks up the middle. Worryingly Old Rishworthian started giving penalties away but Wetherby could not make use of the territorial advantage. Another set scrum to the visitors saw the Copley men score a very well engineered try. Andrews passed the ball to Kelly and Shoesmith appeared in the centre and he drew his man and passed to Luke Sutcliffe who dived over in the corner for a try which was not converted.
The home side started to create space and looked to be gaining momentum near the stand side and a pass by a Wetherby player was plucked out of the air by centre Doug Heseltine on the home 10 metre line and he raced to the line scoring the bonus point try which was converted by Kelly.
The home forwards decided to make a nuisance of themselves and following a missed kick to touch the ball was moved to the hooker who scored an unconverted try. Anthony Shoesmith has the nack of being in the right place at the right time and when play moved back up the field to the home try line Shoesmith charged down a kick and scored a try in the corner which was unconverted.
The second half was a disappointing affair. The referee controlled the game well but needed to use the yellow card on Jack Smart, who had a powerful game, and Simanu who scored his debut try. The try was created when Liam Phillips passed to Andrews who made a break and passed to Simanu who beat three defenders to score under the posts for Kelly to convert.
The visiting three quarters could not get enough ball in the second half to inflict further damage on their hosts, who scored a converted try in the 78th minute. A special mention to Chris Fox, who was a front row replacement. He made an immediate impact by creating a turn over and bringing off two tackles which any young prop would be proud of. Consistency is needed in the two key games leading up to Christmas.
Rishworthian Development team scored a bonus point win against Bradford and Bingley 2 at home. Tries were scored by Cowey, Gez Rollins, Emery and Joe Billing who converted his try. The team is now 2nd in the North Division Merit League.
|1. P Kershaw||2. T Muscat-Baron||3. J Smart|
|6. Manu Tusiga T||7. E Pollard|
|4. C Heseltine||5. J McHugh|
|8. J Bower|
|9. L Phillips T|
|10. T Andrews|
|12. J KellyT C3|
|13. D Heseltine T|
|11. A Shoesmith T||14. T Oldroyd|
|15. L Sutcliffe T|
|B Westbury||F Sutcliffe||C Fox|
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