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Harrogate Pythons
Halifax Vandals
J Pickard, M Sharp, J Carr (3), T Everingham, J Bentham
Tries
T Breakwell (6)
Conversions
T Breakwell (2)
Penalties
Sat 5 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Harrogate Pythons 53 v Halifax Vandals 8

Pythons remain top after seeing off Vandals

Harrogate Pythons consolidated their position as leaders of Yorkshire 3 with a thumping victory at home to Halifax Vandals. Tom Brakewell’s kick off was knocked on by Vandals who were penalised at the scrum, but Breakwell’s penalty attempt came back into play off the crossbar and was again knocked on by Vandals. From the scrum Gate went wide and Jed Carr’s pass was intercepted by a Vandals player in an offside position. This time Breakwell made no mistake with the penalty. 3-0 5 mins. Vandals however refused to lie down and good defence forced Joe Bentham to knock on. From the scrum Vandals stand-off put through a well-judged kick and their winger won the race to touch down. 3-5 11 mins. A long clearance kick from Max Sharp led to an attacking Gate line and a powerful run by Matt Leach gave Jed Carr the time to put in a kick for winger Sam Gibbs to chase but the ball bounced into touch. Vandals failed to clear and were penalised under their posts allowing Breakwell to regain the lead with a penalty. 6-5 16 mins. Gate were penalised for a no arm tackle allowing Vandals to regain the lead with a well struck penalty. 6-8 25 mins. Gate’s scrum was now in ascendancy with Steve Smith, Dan Bird and Grant Weatherston putting their opposite numbers under pressure and Hugh Tatlow making good ground from the back of the scrum. Tatlow burst through an attacking line out and quick ball and a long looping pass from Carr put Jon Pickard in space to crash over in the corner. 11-8 34 mins. From the restart Carr broke the line but his pass to the supporting Joe Bentham was ruled forward. Tom Everingham was now making big holes in the Vandals defence and one such burst saw Sharp make a good run and link with Gibbs on the wing. Gibbs drew the full back and passed back inside for Sharp to score. Breakwell added the extras. 18-8 34 mins. Vandals attacks were being met by big defence from Bentham and Luke Price-Gerrard in particular. More good ground was made by Sharp running from deep and Breakwell spotted a gap behind the Vandals defensive line and put in a kick which Carr collected to score. Breakwell again added the extras to make the half time score Pythons 25 Vandals 8.

Gate started the second period sloppily with missed touch kicks handing territory to the Vandals who eventually forced an attacking lineout. Tatlow stole the ball and charged away and good hands from the backs saw Price-Gerrard in the clear but he chose to ignore a 2 man overlap and was caught short of the line. A Vandals kick was caught by Ivan Drane who threw a dummy to avoid the rushing defence and passed inside for Sharp to make good ground. Vandals slowed the ball at the breakdown and received a yellow card. Gate went for the scrum and Breakwell linked with Drane down the blindside who put Everingham in at the corner. Breakwell added the touchline conversion. 32-8 60 mins. Gate were now playing some flowing rugby, with Drane making yards every time and Liam Kernoghan putting Vandals on the back foot with some astute passing and kicking. More pressure led to Bentham breaking through and he stepped inside the full back to score under the posts. Converted by Breakwell 39-8 70 mins. The restart was collected by Leach who scattered the Vandals defence and quick recycle ball put Matt Halpin away down the wing. He passed inside to the supporting Carr who dashed away for this second try, converted by Brakewell. 46-8 71 mins. Another strong run from deep from Sharp saw Kernoghan pass a lovely inside ball for Jed Carr to score his hat trick try under the posts, again converted by Breakwell. 53-8 76 mins. The Vandals came back and spent the rest of the game camped on the Gate line. Drane saw yellow after a tackle on the line, but strong defence kept Vandals out to leave the final score Pythons 53 Vandals 8.

This was a strong performance by the Pythons who played some outstanding rugby once they hit their stride. Next weekend the Pythons face a difficult trip to Hemsworth.

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Key moments

5:00
Penalty Tom Breakwell kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
16:00
Penalty Tom Breakwell kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
34:00
Try Jon Pickard scores for Harrogate Pythons
36:00
Try Max Sharp scores for Harrogate Pythons
37:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
38:00
Try Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
39:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
60:00
Try Tom Everingham scores for Harrogate Pythons
61:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
70:00
Try Joe Bentham scores for Harrogate Pythons
71:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
72:00
Try Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
73:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
75:00
Try Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
76:00
Conversion Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons

Highlights

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76:00 Conversion 53 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
75:00 Try 51 - 0
Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
73:00 Conversion 46 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
72:00 Try 44 - 0
Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
71:00 Conversion 39 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
70:00 Try 37 - 0
Joe Bentham scores for Harrogate Pythons
61:00 Conversion 32 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
60:00 Try 30 - 0
Tom Everingham scores for Harrogate Pythons
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 25 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
38:00 Try 23 - 0
Jed Carr scores for Harrogate Pythons
37:00 Conversion 18 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a conversion for Harrogate Pythons
36:00 Try 16 - 0
Max Sharp scores for Harrogate Pythons
34:00 Try 11 - 0
Jon Pickard scores for Harrogate Pythons
16:00 Penalty 6 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
5:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Tom Breakwell kicks a penalty for Harrogate Pythons
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  • Harrogate Pythons
  • Halifax Vandals
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  • Tom Breakwell Penalty 5:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Penalty 16:00'
  • Jon Pickard Try 34:00'
  • Max Sharp Try 36:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 37:00'
  • Jed Carr Try 38:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 39:00'
  • Tom Everingham Try 60:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 61:00'
  • Joe Bentham Try 70:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 71:00'
  • Jed Carr Try 72:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 73:00'
  • Jed Carr Try 75:00'
  • Tom Breakwell Conversion 76:00'

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Sharp, Max Sharp, Max
Pickard, Jon Pickard, Jon
Carr, Jed Carr, Jed
Bentham, Joe Bentham, Joe
Gibbs, Sam Gibbs, Sam
Kernoghan, Liam Kernoghan, Liam
Breakwell, Tom Breakwell, Tom
Tatlow, Hugh Tatlow, Hugh
price gerrard, Luke price gerrard, Luke
Starkey, Kris Starkey, Kris
Everingham, Tom Everingham, Tom
Leach, Matt Leach, Matt
Weatherston, Grant Weatherston, Grant
Bird, Dan Bird, Dan
Smith, Steve Smith, Steve

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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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