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Hullensians 13 - Yarnbury 13 including club results
Yarnbury had to reorganise due to unavailability of No8 Thiu Barnard and centre Ben Horner.Joe Mills moving over and Tom Fox coming in the back row.Certainly it did not effect the Yarnbury pack and they were quick to dominate the scrums putting the Hullensians pack under great pressure whereas last season it was the opposite.

Yarnbury got an early lead from holding on on the floor Stephen Riley converting.Although they were winning good ball in the scrums and lineouts Yarnbury backs were not controlling their passes too well and the game was too stop start with both sides defence cancelling out attacking moves on the small postage stamp pitch.One good run from winger Jack malthouse was halted in the 25 metre area and the danger cleared.

Hullensians drew level with a penalty late on in the first half and took the lead with winger Joe Briggs going over under the posts after beating three defenders on a rare excursion into the Yarnbury 25 metre area.Usually the Yarnbury defence as always in control but on this occasion switched off/Stand Off Jamie Gill converting.

The second half was a passionate affair and Oliver Cashman needed attention for a nasty facial cut after a collision with his own man.Hooker Adam Atkinson as usual was a handful for the Yarnbury defence in the loose play.However with the help of props Adam Pike and Richard Lister hooker Alex Bowden was able to take a couple of put -ins against the head and also reversed the scrums when the pressure led to the scrum wheeling.Yarnbur drew level with a try from an arking run across ther posts from centre Jason Avieson after good work from his centre partner James Metcalfe stole the ball in the tackle from defender Joe Briggs running the ball out of defence.

In a close half both sides had chances to win the game and Yarnbury looked the more likely but a penalt each for Stephen Riley and his opposite number Jamie Gill meant the honours were shared to maintain Yarnbury's unbeaten start to the season.

Yarnbury 29 v West Leeds 17

Yarnbury commanded much of the possession and territory, with West Leeds looking dangerous if they could get the ball. It was for this reason that the game was a demonstration in technical skill, fitness and concentration by both sides. Much of the game was played in the West Leeds half. From continuedYarnburypressure the first try was scored by the MotM Richard Woolvern.Wing forward Tom Whitfield and veteran scrum half Andy Cowley got over for further tries before half time.

In the second half Yarnbury conceded an early converted try but stand off Danny Pound added a drop goal. With their substitutes adding momentum West Leeds managed a further try cancelled out by a second try from Andy Cowley.Impressive open rugby from a much improved Yarnbury second string.

Yarnbury 3rds 10 v 10 Huddersfield 3rds

Early exchanges showed Huddersfield to be a well organised and tight unit. A thundering hit from Bennett set the tone and gave all Yarnbury players a bench mark to aim for in defence. Good pressure in the centres saw debutant Trinity student Danny Bray dislodge the ball from his opposite man in the tackle and he hacked through from half way. Trusting his footballing skills he controlled the ball with a second kick on and dropped on the ball in the try zone. The returning Carl Lofty slotted over the conversion.

Huddersfield made good territory and were camped in Yarnbury’s half for some time. A good lineout and trundling maul saw them crash over for a well worked try. Their tactic caught Yarnbury unawares but all subsequent attempts at the same strategy were thwarted throughout the rest of the game due to some manly defence from Yarnbury’s pack.

Yarnbury really started to ramp up the pressure which resulted in a penalty around 40 yards out. As Lofty had left the field earlier with an injured knee, Ben Carey stepped up to take the kick. The second row converting the penalty.

Special mention goes to debutant colt Ben Wainwright who had a strong performance in the centre; we hope to pinch him again soon. He worked well with his centre partner and fellow debutant Danny Bray.

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