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Sheffield Medicals
Harrogate Pythons
Tries
N Rutty (2), D Bird (2), M Leach, M Halpin
Conversions
T Breakwell (2)
Sat 27 Oct 15:00 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Sheffield Medics 12 v Harrogate Pythons 34

Pythons too strong for The Medics

Last Saturday the Harrogate Pythons travelled south to Sheffield Medicals RUFC eager to continue their good form and rejuvenate their promotion campaign. The Pythons made 7 changes to the squad including a welcomed introduction to stand off Tom Breakwell and a return to full back for speedster Matt Halpin.
Despite dominating early possession the Pythons couldn’t have asked for a worse start to the match when in the 4th minute their number 8, and forwards talisman, Hugh Tatlow was forced to leave the field of play with a HIA. This was sadly his last involvement in the fixture.
The Pythons regrouped and with a dominating pack and some well structure phase play they were soon presented with their first real attacking platform. A scrum from the left hand side of the saw scrum half Ned Rutty run a loop across the defensive line and skate through a hole between the medics 10 and 12 to register the first score of the game. Tom Breakwell added the extras to make the score 0-7.
With confidence high, the Pythons began to take control of the game and it wasn’t long until they found a second score with second rower Matt Leach seizing an opportunity around the breakdown to pick and go crashing over the line for 5 more points, converted again by Tom Breakwell. A third try soon followed when some excellent scrummiging manhandled the Medicals front 8 over the line for scrum half Rutty to place the ball down and add the extras. 0-19.
More injury concerns for the pythons saw club captain Dan Shortman forced to leave the field of play replaced by player-coach Dan Bird and it wasn’t long before he too found himself on the scoresheet. Running a hard line from Tom Breakwell he bundled his way through the defensive line for 5 points. HT 0-24.

The half time break favoured the Medics and they came out giving it their all, camping in the Pythons 22m but unable to convert this pressure into points. At 65 minutes the Pythons finally regained some control and launched there own attack. Some strong running from Ollie Wheatley and Max Sharp got the Pythons in the right areas. A scrum on the Medics 5m line saw the ball skew out of the side and the fast thinking Dorian Enniquin collected and popped it up to Dan Bird for his second try of the day. 0-29.
Jack Clarksons yellow card in the 65th minute proved costly as the Medics were able to exploit the extra man twice during the second rows 10 minute absence. There was however one last opportunity for the Pythons to register a score with winger Ollie Wheatley bullying his way through 4 defenders and creating a quick phase on the front foot before slick hands to put Halpin in out wide.

The Pythons are now 3 points off the top with new league leaders Castleford coming to Station View on 3rd November ko 2.15pm.

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Key moments

10:00
Try Ned Rutty scores for Harrogate Pythons
20:00
Try Dan Bird scores for Harrogate Pythons
21:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
30:00
Try Matt Leach scores for Harrogate Pythons
38:00
Try Ned Rutty scores for Harrogate Pythons
39:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
60:00
Try Dan Bird scores for Harrogate Pythons
70:00
Try Matt Halpin scores for Harrogate Pythons

Highlights

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70:00 Try 0 - 34
Matt Halpin scores for Harrogate Pythons
60:00 Try 0 - 29
Dan Bird scores for Harrogate Pythons
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 0 - 24
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
38:00 Try 0 - 22
Ned Rutty scores for Harrogate Pythons
30:00 Try 0 - 17
Matt Leach scores for Harrogate Pythons
21:00 Conversion 0 - 12
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
20:00 Try 0 - 10
Dan Bird scores for Harrogate Pythons
10:00 Try 0 - 5
Ned Rutty scores for Harrogate Pythons
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As it happened

  • Sheffield Medicals
  • Harrogate Pythons
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  • Ned Rutty Try 10:00'
  • Dan Bird Try 20:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 21:00'
  • Matt Leach Try 30:00'
  • Ned Rutty Try 38:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 39:00'
  • Dan Bird Try 60:00'
  • Matt Halpin Try 70:00'

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Halpin, Matt Halpin, Matt
Pickard, Jon Pickard, Jon
Bentham, Joe Bentham, Joe
Sharp, Max Sharp, Max
Wheatley, Oliver Wheatley, Oliver
Breakwell, Tom Breakwell, Tom
Rutty, Ned Rutty, Ned
Tatlow, Hugh Tatlow, Hugh
price gerrard, Luke price gerrard, Luke
Shortman, Dan Shortman, Dan
Clarkson, Jacques Clarkson, Jacques
Leach, Matt Leach, Matt
Wake, Nathan Wake, Nathan
Dunlop, Sandy Dunlop, Sandy
Weatherston, Grant Weatherston, Grant

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# Team Pl Pts
1. Harrogate Pythons 15 62
2. Wensleydale 15 59
3. Thornensians 14 57
4. Rotherham Phoenix 15 52
5. Leeds Corinthians 15 50
6. Castleford 15 48
7. Knottingley 16 40

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