Yarnbury Rugby Club


Yarnbury 3XV 38 - Cleckheaton 26
A beautiful day for a brilliant game!

Yarnbury broke with tradition and arrived early, got stripped and had a full warm up. This I believe was a contributing factor to their success. Yarnbury attacked from the first whistle and caught the opposition cold. Returning speedster Adam Roebuck was put into space and gassed the Cleckheaton backs for the first of many tries.

Yarnbury played with freedom and fluidity; doing the simple things well and Cleck could not live with the speed of the recycled ball and the ultimate pace of Yarnbury’s back three. Next on the score sheet was Gav Stowell with a jinking run to touch down under posts. This was rapidly followed by a powerful run from debutant Damien Shipman at inside centre who crashed over, this again was converted. So, 21 unanswered points. Cleckheaton had no answer to this style of rugby. The backs again cut deep into the heart of the opposition with further tries from Fielding and Roebuck. Cleckheaton did fight back eventually with a well worked try coming from some extremely poor and uncommitted tackling. This was a trend that was to become more apparent in the second half.

At the turnaround stand in prop Chris Marsden who had done a great job made way for the Flying Dutchman Ferdie. Ferdie lasted about 3 minutes before he was brutally thrown to the floor by Clecks big second row, twisting his knee in the process. Once again Pat Butcher (Ben Carey) stepped in and had a go in the scrum to keep them contested. Leggy came on at this point and so did another debutant Paul Padfield. Both had an immediate effect. Leggy by increasing the opposition penalty count and Padfield by smashing the Cleckheaton pack around the park.

Cleckheaton then found some form. They began running hard at Yarnbury whose tackling was woeful, leading to several extremely soft and disappointing tries. Further disruption came as Hall made a break and damaged his hamstring in the process having to leave the field. Roebuck stepped into fly-half and then Jesus as on the pitch. Spinky kindly also gave way to Eric Simpson to give him a run. Cleckheaton began to smell blood and pressurised Yarnbury’s defence. It was certainly all hands on deck and scrambling defence together with excellent discipline saved the day.

This was a true squad performance against traditionally strong opposition with all players contributing. The first half showed what is possible for this team by using simple sensible techniques. The second half highlighted the frailties that plague this team. Mainly the old spectre of poor tackling up top on big men, we need to learn from this.

Some much needed points and a great confidence boost. This should now lift us off the bottom of the table. Excellent performances from Tom Bowman whose crisp passing and accurate box kicks kept Yarnbury going forward and Mark Fielding who ran all day and was involved in everything that was positive.

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