Yarnbury Rugby Club
08

NOV

Leodiensians 22 - Yarnbury 20 including 2 & 3XV reports
Leos are riding high at the top of Yorkshire 2 and with Simon Worrell ex Leeds Rhino's player recently it would always be an interesting encounter.Yarnbury went with the same side that started in the defeat at home by Bradford Salem apart from James Daffern replacing the injured Dave Moss in the back row so a lot was expected from the Yarnbury squad in this tough looking fixture.

Yarnbury took the game to Leos and controlled the first half in the main with the forwards scrummaging strongly and Ian Maycock dominant in the lijne giving stand off Carl Paterson great ball to work with and consequently pushed Leos back on several occasions into retreiving long balls and having to attack from their own half. After good work from Paterson putting Yarnbury on the attack in the opponents half Yarnbury went ahead from a slick forward charge with the final pass slipped to James Daffern to score near the posts to shock the home side and with Paterson converting and adding a further penalty due to Leos holding on on the ground Yarnbury opened up an 0 -8 lead.Leos were struggling to get their expansive game going due to the good Yarnbury defence but inside centre went off after 20 mins to be replaced by Stephen Riley due to a hip injury.Jimmy Henry took advantage just before half time.The Leos stand off touching down his own kick through with with Yarnbury backs spread out in a defensive line and converting to keep the home side in contention.

Leos took the lead at the start of the second period with centre Mark Wynter scoring after Leos broke the defensive line but Yarnbury went ahead again from Paterson on penalties 15-17 to take the game to the League leaders and make for a nervous final 20 minutes when either side could have taken the game.Certainly Leos were not able to control the game throughout and Yarnbury kept the Leos backs,including Simon Worrel quiet throughout the game with good tackling but the game was won by flanker Dave Bardon touching down late on and stand off Henry converting but with Paterson reducing the arrears Yarnbury due to injuries and replacements struggled to get down the field for a winning penalty or drop goal to the obvious delight of the home side at the final whistle.An impressive loosing point gained by the Horsforth side and augurs well for a tough end of the year against all the top sides.


Halifax 1st XV 7 -21 Yarnbury Hornets

Halifax were unbeaten in their last five league games but Yarnbury started the game brightly and within the first ten minutes were already looking like the dominant side as the youthful and mobile Yarnbury pack sprinted around the park reaching the breakdowns before the hefty Halifax forwards.Aggressive rucking from the formidable back row of Bateman, Butler and Barker provided a good platform for the influential Stuart Wilson at scrum half to pull the strings and unleash the backs.

Great counter rucking from the Yarnbury forwards created a turnover on the halfway line. Fly half Danny Pound fed the ball out wide, the Halifax defensive line was broken for outside centre Ben Mortimer to create the break for Danny Pound to hand on to Captain and hooker Tom Whitfield to score.Pound converting.Great commitment from the tight five in the loose gave the Halifax pack more than enough to deal with thus creating plenty of space in the open. Wing Alex Clarke took full advantage creating space out wide to hand on to wing forward Batemen for Rob Pound to score unopposed.Pound again converting.,

Great counter rucking from flanker Jack Butler and Number 8 Craig Barker provided turnover ball in the midfield, scrum half Wilson showed his pace taking the ball down the blindside making good yards before putting wing Tom Hunter into space who shifted the ball back inside to flanker Batemen who then fixed the defence before offloading to veteran fullback Andy Cowley who secured the points under the posts. Pound kicked to add the two.
Halifax scored an unansered try in the second half but a great win for the youthful Yarnbury second string.




Yarnbury 3rds 40 v 19 Roundhegians 3rds


Vesty took the captaincy due to a late arrival, the first ten minutes being very ‘to and fro’ with neither side able to string any kind of consistency together. After about fifteen minutes Yarnbury found some form and scored the first try though the backs. It became obvious that if Yarnbury could bring their outside backs into play then they would succeed. However, Roundhegian showed that by keeping it tight around the fringes they could provide a real challenge. Their hard work payed off and they levelled the score.

The referees influence on this game cannot go without a mention. Both sides were infringing at will as the referees positional play and slightly nervous demeanour encouraged it. Some of the more mature members of both teams began to apply Derren Brown style suggestive techniques to the ref in order to get the decisions they wanted. Yarnbury perhaps made the best of this situation with Vesty and Hall illegally using their midget status to good effect. They were able to get over the ball at the breakdown and turn over ball illegally in the ruck and get away with it! It was these turnovers which caught Hegians by surprise leading to tries for Vesty and Bainbridge.

The versatile Dan Carey once again stepped into prop as well as kicking the goals and doing his regular shift at second row, he was an outstanding contributor to the game. Several more tires came from some very nice counterattacks by Leslie Crowther and Jack Moglia. Crowther’s passing and physicality was top class, he stood out as a key player in this exchange.

Hegians did hit back with a couple of tries.Hegians number six took the ball around the fringes and blasted through some non-existent tackling. As the game drew to a close Hegians carelessly threw the ball around in attempt to create something in their own 22. Jason Hall put the final nail in the coffin with an interception try under the posts.

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