The Development squad were back on the road again with a trip to Yarnbury hoping to register a second win of the season. However, it wasn't to be. The strong wind didn't help but though Rish had plenty of possession and played with plenty of endeavour, it was one of those games that got away. The result could have been completely different if we had finished off gilt edged try scoring opportunities.
As seems to be the norm these days, Rish went behind early on to a Yarnbury penalty but within a couple of minutes Kurt Sutcliffe made a break which was continued by Ben Rooney and his well timed pass sent Tom Cockroft scampering over the line for the try. The strong winds were causing handling errors on both sides, but Yarnbury went ahead after there winger failed to catch a pass and looked to be going to ground. Rish expected the knock on and stopped, but somehow he managed to juggle the ball and sent his centre in for the try which was converted.
Rish responded well and, after good interplay down the wing between Sutcliffe and Will McDonnell a certain try was lost when the final pass was knocked on. Rishworthians continued with wave after wave of attacking rugby but Yarnbury were up to the task in defence. Tom Jowle made an excellent break from half way and with only the fullback to beat he went for the kick and chase and Yarnbury snuffed out the opportunity. Yarnbury stretched their lead from a scrum on our 22 when the number 8 went blind and sent his winger in at the flag. Then followed a period of intense Rish pressure and were camped on the Yarnbury line. Rish put in phase after phase of attacks before Sutcliffe took the pass and his offload found McDonnell who burst through the gap to dive over. Sutcliffe made the conversion and at half time the score was 17-12 to the home team.
More of the same in the second period with Rish taking play to the opposition, but failing to capitalise with final passes continuing to be knocked on. Then against the run of play Yarnbury scored another try to lead 22-12. Rishies were tackling well and with ball in hand the backs were always a threat, and after a further period of sustained phases James Whiteley managed to squeeze over from close range. Yarnbury crossed again but was disallowed, and then Rish had the chance to at least snatch the draw when McDonnell set off down the wing, and with a two on one with Sutcliffe, and the try begging, the inside pass was fumbled and the chance had gone again.
This was a frustrating game of missed opportunities, but with a number of guys playing out of position, and the fact that we lost 2 props on the morning, it was another superb display of team spirit. On another day those dropped balls will stick and someone is going to be on the receiving end of a good thumping. Hopefully Ilkley next week!
Many thanks to Gordon Semple who stepped in to the breach at the last moment to help out in the front row.
Tries: Tom Cockroft, Will McDonnell, James Whiteley
Cons: Kurt Sutcliffe
|1. G Semple||2.L Illingworth||3. A Sykes|
|6.T Muscat-Baron||7. T Jowle|
|4. J McHugh||5. T Cockroft T|
|8. S Rawnsley|
|9. C Cowey|
|10. K Sutcliffe C|
|13. W McDonnell T|
|11. B Rooney||14. W Illingworth|
|15. L Phillips|
|Subs||A Khan||B Ashton||P Savage||J Whiteley T|
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