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Leeds Medics And Dentists
Harrogate Pythons
H Tatlow, J Bentham
R Fallenstein (2)
R Fallenstein (2)
Sat 24 Mar TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Leeds Medics 29 v Harrogate Pythons 20

Pythons so near yet so far

After weeks of snow and rain the Pythons made the short journey to Leeds Medics to find their large pitch in perfect condition for running rugby. Medics kicked off deep to full back Matt Halpin, who showed the Pythons intent by running out of defence, and after quick recycled ball Halpin knocked forward in contact having made big yardage. A good touch find from Ross Fallenstein saw Gate press early but Luke Price-Gerrard was penalised for a high tackle and the Medics stand-off put in the first of many huge clearance kicks. Gate worked their way back up the pitch with strong carries from Nathan Wake, Matt Leach and Hugh Tatlow creating the space for Ollie Wheatley to have a gallop down the wing. Joe Bentham, starting at scrum half had an inside pass intercepted and Medics made good ground with the break. Another good run out of defence saw Halpin away but his pass fell just behind Wheatley. Medics ag\in came out from deep and great inter passing saw their winger go for the line but he stumbled and was knocked into touch by the covering Tatlow. An attacking Medics scrum saw Gate penalised and whilst the referee was explaining the decision, Medics took a quick tap to open the scoring. 7-0 22 mins. Gate regained possession at the restart and Dorian ENNEQUIN linked with Bentham who put Tatlow through a gap. Tatlow was well tackled by the Medics full back, but Medics were penalised and Fallenstein opened the Pythons account with a well struck penalty. 7-3 26 mins. Halpin continued to trouble the Medics, this time putting Tatlow away again but the supporting Price-Gerrard was caught short of the line. Medics were penalised again and this time Gate turned down the 3 points and went for the corner. The line out was won but Gate were turned over and Medics went the length of the field for the try. 12-3 34 mins. Medic now had their tails up and pressed the Gate line to be met by some ferocious defence. The pressure finally told when Gate were again penalised and another quick tap led to a try. 17-3 38 mins. Medics were penalised at the restart and this time Fallenstein elected to kick to make the half time score Leeds Medic 17 Pythons 6.

Gate made a strong start to the second half with John Reah throwing a dummy and putting Wake away on a charging run, but the Gate support could not get there in time and Wake was penalised for holding on. A Gate move broke down in midfield and was hacked on by Medics but Halpin again came to the rescue with a good pick up and run from defence. Following a line out the Medics stand-off was yellow carded for talking to the referee allowing Gate 10 minutes to get a foothold in the game. A Fallenstein cross kick was well taken by Halpin and recycled to the opposite wing for Tatlow to crash over. Fallenstein added the extras from the touchline, 17-13 53 mins. Medics conceded a penalty at the restart but this time Fallenstein’s kicked sailed just wide. Then Gate inexplicably lost an attacking scrum against the head and the Medics centre broke through several weak tackles to extend the Medics lead. 24-13 65 mins. Gate came back when Reah made a good break and was stopped in front of the posts. Medics were penalised and Gate elected to scrum. The scrum was turned nicely by the Gate pack to allow Bentham to pick up and dive over for the try which was converted by Fallenstein. 24 20 70 mins. Bentham then broke from a midfield scrum and put in a kick and chase. The Medics full back won the race and started another length of the filed move which resulted in another try for Medics. 29 20 75 mins. Gate now needed a score for a bonus point and Ennequin and Tatlow linked well to make good ground. With Gate battering the Medics line, Medics were penalised and Steve Kirkpatrick took a quick tap and dived over the line. However the referee was unsighted and disallowed the try to leave the final score Leeds Medics 29 Pythons 20.

This was a poor defeat for the Pythons who were let down by periods of poor tackling in open play, and a misfiring lineout. Next weekend the Pythons travel to Castleford.

Quilter Kids First Champions winner – November: Hinckley RFC

Key moments

Penalty Ross Fallenstein kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
Penalty Ross Fallenstein kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
Try Hugh Tatlow scores for Harrogate Pythons
Conversion Ross Fallenstein kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
Try Joe Bentham scores for Harrogate Pythons
Conversion Ross Fallenstein kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons


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71:00 Conversion 0 - 20
Ross Fallenstein kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
70:00 Try 0 - 18
Joe Bentham scores for Harrogate Pythons
53:00 Conversion 0 - 13
Ross Fallenstein kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
52:00 Try 0 - 11
Hugh Tatlow scores for Harrogate Pythons
End of period 1
39:00 Penalty 0 - 6
Ross Fallenstein kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
26:00 Penalty 0 - 3
Ross Fallenstein kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
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As it happened

  • Leeds Medics And Dentists
  • Harrogate Pythons
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  • Ross Fallenstein Penalty 26:00'
  • Ross Fallenstein Penalty 39:00'
  • Hugh Tatlow Try 52:00'
  • Ross Fallenstein Conversion 53:00'
  • Joe Bentham Try 70:00'
  • Ross Fallenstein Conversion 71:00'

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Team selection

Halpin, Matt Halpin, Matt
Pickard, Jon Pickard, Jon
Wolfram, Jed Wolfram, Jed
Wheatley, Oliver Wheatley, Oliver
Fallenstein, Ross Fallenstein, Ross
Bentham, Joe Bentham, Joe
Reah, John Reah, John
Tatlow, Hugh Tatlow, Hugh
price gerrard, Luke price gerrard, Luke
Leach, Matt Leach, Matt
Binns, Ian Binns, Ian
Smith, Steve Smith, Steve
Shortman, Dan Shortman, Dan
Wake, Nathan Wake, Nathan

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
8. Knottingley 24 60
9. Sheffield Medicals 26 53
10. Harrogate Pythons 25 51
11. Skipton 26 47
12. Leeds Medics And Dentists 26 46
13. Baildon 26 40
14. Stocksbridge 26 33

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