Old Rishworthian Colts maintained their rich run of form with a convincing away win over Bradford Bee’s last Sunday. With several key players side-lined through injury, Rishies found themselves reduced to a tight squad of only 16 personnel, many of whom were forced to play outside of their usual positions.
After an initial period of adjustment and with Man of the Match Harry Soothill settling in at tight head prop, the set piece became more assured and stable and Rishies began to find their stride. Following a sustained period of possession in the Bradford Bee’s half, Rishies opened their account with a well worked try from winger George Baigent and the away sides 5 point advantage was maintained for the first quarter of the game.
Flanker Greg Withers then extended the lead, crossing the whitewash after several phases of recycled possession. Tom Gillespie stepped up to successfully strike the conversion giving Rishies a half time lead of 0-12.
Bradford pushed hard after the break and their forward’s “pick and go” drives, from the base of the breakdown and close to the Rishies line were only thwarted by some excellent line speed and low tackling by the maroons pack. Pressing forward once more Rishies efforts were rewarded when, following a quick “tap and go” penalty by Scrum Half George Wright, makeshift hooker Will Hilton drove over the line to score a well-deserved try. Rishies were now in front 0-17.
To their credit Bradford Bee’s continued to battle hard at the breakdown and following a clever kick from their backline into open space in the corner, Rishies were caught out of position. From the resulting scramble and multiple defensive infringements on the try-line, Bradford were rightly awarded a penalty try.
With the score now stood at 7-17 Rishies settled once more and with pressure building just inside the Bradford twenty two, Scrum Half George Wright cleverly chipped the ball over the outcoming Bradford defence, and with a deft touch, sidefooted his hack across the Bradford line and dived on the ball to score. Tom Gillespie successfully converted extending the Rishies lead to 7-24. With both sides tiring handling errors became more frequent and much time was spent re-setting the resulting scrums. But with only minutes left on the clock, Tom Gillespie exploited a gap in the Bradford defence and dotted down to make the final score 7-29 to Rish.
Once again this was great “gritty” display from the whole squad and maintained this season’s winning streak.
Tries: George Baigent, Greg Withers, Will Hilton, George Wright, Tom Gillespie
Conversions: Gillespie 2
|1. W Harker||2. W Hilton T||3. H Soothill|
|6. C White||7. G Withers T|
|4. O Witchell||5. A Khan|
|8. C Bell|
|9. G Wright T|
|10. T Gillespie T C2|
|12. A Nowell|
|13. C Keighley-Payne|
|11. C Strickland||14. G Baigent T|
|15. W Symms|
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