Harrogate travelled to Scarborough on Sunday for the rearranged Yorkshire Cup quarter final cancelled from December due to the adverse weather conditions.
It was a first meeting for the two sides in our year group. Scarborough had a physically larger pack but other than that failed to provide much of a threat to the Harrogate team.
The referee did not allow the game to flow penalising any attempt to set the ball back once the ball had immediately touched the ground. This resulted in twenty plus penalties against Harrogate and not many against the opposition.
Harrogate played into a strong wind in the first half but a good all round team performance allowed them to score at regular intervals.
A scrum in side the Scarborough half gave Harrogate the ball, good passing along the backs and centre Dominic Marsh made a decisive break. From the resulting ruck scrum half Jack London
went to the blindside passing to winger Alistair Cameron-Jones
who ran in for the opening try. Scott Irvine
added the conversion to give Harrogate a 7-0 lead.
The next score came from a ruck on the Scarborough twenty two, number 8 Bradley Thompson collected the ball and went on a jinking run to score under Scarborough’s posts. Irvine added the extras, Harrogate 14 Scarborough 0.
Harrogate continued to control much of the game, next from a lineout on half way Scott Irvine
made a good break forward setting up a ruck with the resulting ball going along the Harrogate backs, outside centre Nathan Barker broke through a couple of tackles to score. The conversion was missed 19-0.
From a scrum inside the twenty two the ball popped out and open side flanker David Rowbotham
collected to power his way over the Scarborough line 24-0.
Half time arrived and Harrogate led 24-0.
The second half had the wind at Harrogate’s backs but rain began to fall making conditions difficult.
Harrogate continued to control the game, from an attacking five metre scrum Jack London
sold a dummy and scored. The conversion was missed.
The final try of the match came from a ruck near the Scarborough line with second row Josh Willson
picking up and darting through a gap in the home defence to score. Harry Fewkes
added the conversion.
Final score Scarborough Under 14’s 0 v Harrogate Under 14’s 36
This was a good squad performance after not a lot of recent rugby. Harrogate managed to use all the squad with all twenty two players being involved in the match.