Match report Sunday 12th March
Rishworthians produced some great displays of running rugby against Morley with the u8s 9s 10s and 11s winning all their games. No results have come in from the u7s and the u12s had a narrow loss.
The micros had a joint training session with Huddersfield at Copley with approx 20 players training.
The u'7's hosted Morley and fielded 2 teams as did Morley to create a round robin of games. Both Rishies teams finished victors in their matches to record a clean sweep. The teams had an inspired performance all round and showing continued improvement.
Rishworthians won 4 Morley won 0
Man of the match performances by Reuben Misselbrook who not only scored numerous tries, but was able to keep the ball live with some deft passing. William Greenwood also claims man of the match for a hatrick of tries in one game.
Most improved players were William Hankinson, who was vocal throughout the games keeping players in line and moving together as a team and Evan Patterson for some jinking runs and great passes. Other try scorers were William Hankinson, Evan Patterson, Murray Douglas, Charlie Fenton, Jean Peron, Freddie Sharp and Lewi Whiteoak
Overall, great improvements with a number of moves that a paying crowd would have been pleased with.
Maroons William Hankinson, William Greenwood, Charlie Fenton, Reuben Misselbrook and Murray Douglas,
Whites Freddie Sharp, Evan Patterson, Jean Peron Lewi Whiteoak and Willow Cutts.
Rishworthians under 8's the Cougars continued their outstanding season so far with a very hard fought away victory and the double at Morley on a stunning day of sunshine. Rishes welcomed two new players Oscar Marsden and Rocco Hirst into the fold and they both enjoyed fantastic debuts.
Playing down the slope in near perfect conditions underfoot the Cougars forwards were soon in control and enjoying the majority of the play and as a result they were 5-2 up at half time. As in previous weeks it was Josh Cooke in fine form scoring a hat-trick of tries with Oliver Blair and the machine Arron Lapsley chipping in with fine individual tries.
In the second half the game was more even as Cougars played up the slope and Morley now had the majority of possession to out score the Cougars by five tries to four with some fine rugby from the backs. However it was the young unbeaten Cougars team that ran away with the victory 9-7 through determined defending from Oliver Boyd and Seth Brooks and further tries from Cooke and Blair plus a brace of tries on his debut from Marsden wrapping up a good performance.
Every one played well so there was no man of the tournament
Tries were scored by Josh Cooke 4, Oscar Marsden 2, Arran Lapsley 1, Oliver Blair 2,
Rishworthians under 9s travelled to Morley with a big squad and enough players to field 2 teams the Leopards and Cheetahs and a round robin of games were played against Morley's two teams. Rishworthians continued their fine run of form on Sunday to record a clean sweep with four wins from their four games against Morley A and B teams winning the series of games 31 - 18.
In the first of the Leopards matches both sets of defences were on top with both teams having to make last ditch tackles to stop the opponents scoring in a closely fought match which the Leopards won 3 -0. In their second game the Leopards found their attacking skills and scored 11 tries, with Lil Seal scoring 7 of them supported by strong running from Leo Freeman and good defence from Oisin Gallen Watkinson. However Morley's attack were also in fine form as tries were traded but at 8-8 Morley tired and the Leopards pulled away to win a high scoring game 11-8.
In their two games the Cheetahs produced some fine rugby playing at pace to create plenty of try scoring opportunities. Tries from Daniel Smith and Bailey Newsome supported by strong tackling from Ronnie Darby and Same Moore helped to secure good results for the team.
Leopards 3 v 0 Morley A
Leopards 11 v 8 Morley B
Cheetahs 10 v 5 Morley A
Cheetahs 7 v 5 Morley B
Rishworthians under 10s took a big squad to the Sandal Festival and came away as the Group winners. Games were 12 minutes in duration including stoppages and injury time.
Game 1 Rishworthians Panthers 4 - 1 Cleckheaton
Panthers got off to the Perfect start with great rucking at the breakdown and the back line passing well. Archie Sykes opened up a 2 try lead before Cleckheaton scored2. In the second half , Dawson Walsh and Henry Hirst scored further tries.
Game 2 Rishworthians Panthers 2 - 1 Rochdale
This was a much closer affair with Rochdale taking the lead. Sykes brought the scores level with 3 minutes to go. Sykes once again went on a powerful run and with only yards to go was taken out with a high tackle, the tackler injuring himself in thre process.The referee awarded a penalty try and the remaining minutes were lost to the injury sustained by the Rochdale player.
Game 3 Rishworthians Panthers 1 - 2 Sheffield Tigers
Another close game against a big Tigers team who took an early lead. Again Sykes levelled the scores but Tigers scored with the last play of the match.
Game 4 Rishworthians Panthers 3 - 1 Moortown
This was another hard game with some fierce tackling. However the Panthers were able to gain the upper hand to take three try lead with tries from Alfie Cox kelly, Mylo Whiteoak and Cameron Barnes. Moortown scored a consolation try towards the end.
Game 5 Rishworthians Panthers 4 - 2 Selby
After three hard games this was an atractive game of rugby with Jimbob Brooks and Flynn Moody making some great breaks. Alfie Cox Kelly opened the scoring driving over from 5 metres out and Tristan woodhouse taking a pass wide out and diving over near the corner after 12 phases of play. Selby added 2 tries but Brooks and Sykes added two second half tries to seal the game.
Rishworthians Lions and Tigers got back to winning ways with their first victory since 29th January. They travelled with a big squad of 16 players but found Morley with only enough players for one team.
Rishworthians Lions 7 - 5 Morley
Rishies started well taking an early lead with a Leo Kemp try, Morley came back with 2 quick tries. The lead changed hands again with two tries for the Lions and Tigers from Aiden Wright.
In the second half Morley opened the scoring wth2 more tries then Rishies hit a purple patch with four tries one each from Daniel Dean and Vaughan Hibbert and a brace from Kemp. Morley added a late try but Lions and Tigers defence held tight to close out the game.
Notable performances were: Strong running/tackling by Leo Kemp and an all round performance Ethan Cooke to take the Man of the Match award.
Tries Kemp 3 Wright 2 Dean 1, Hibbert 1
Rishworthians were just edged out 5 tries to 4 by a well drilled Morley side. It was the vast improvement at the breakdowns by Rishies that was the highlight of the game.
Rishworthians 4 - 5 Morley
The much bigger and faster Morley side struck first with 2 early tries, before Rishies found their rhythm with strong running from Jefferson Wilson- Pignataro to the fore. Rishies were rucking and mauling well and after several phases of play Callum Sutcliffe darted towards the line only to be hauled down short. Rishies pressure finally told and the impressive Corey McCormack powered over for a try followed by the evasive Louis Peron who sprinted the touchline for another score. Just before half time Morley hit back and found a gap in the defence to score across the line making it 3-2 at half time.
Jack Billington was introduced in the second half and made an impact immediately charging up the middle of the field to tie the score 3-3. The game stayed very tight with both sides defending well until Morley, helped with a couple of penalties got close enough to the line to find a way through, try 4-3. Rishies then had plenty of possession with good ruck play but couldn't break through the strong Morley defence. That is until a barnstorming run from McComack, who left several defenders in his wake as he charged over the line to take the score to 4-4.
The game looked to be heading for a well fought out draw but deep into stoppage time there was to be a twist. A Rishies attack was thwarted by the referee who gave the opposition a penalty for an innocuous hand off. Whilst the Rishies players were left bemused Morley took full advantage and spun the ball out wide to score a match winner on the sound of the whistle.
Tries Corey McCormack 2, Louis Peron 1, Jack Billington 1