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U15's 2017 - 18 - Match centre

Leek RUFC
Tamworth RUFC
Sun 11 Mar 11:00 - Cup Full time

Match report - Leek Tigers 24 Tamworth 10

Leek marched into the Staffordshire Plate semi-finals with a powerful four-try display against a strong Tamworth team.

Match report - Leek Tigers 24 Tamworth 10

Leek marched into the Staffordshire Plate semi-finals with a powerful four-try display against a strong Tamworth team.

On a heavy pitch, a dominant performance from the Tigers forwards provided the platform for victory, bossing possession and territory for most of the game.

Leek were on the front foot early. Artful Dodger Joe Byrne stole the ball from his opposite number as he looked to break, setting up several phases of play inside the visitors' 22. From a 5-metre scrum, the ball was fed to full back Tom Rigby to cross for the opening score.

Tamworth indiscipline led to a series of penalties that saw Byrne pin them deep in their own half. A 5-metre lineout saw man of the match Ollie Powell crash through to make it 10-0 to the Tigers.

A quick break along the right flank looked to have brought the visitors - beaten only once so far this season - back into the game, only for them to be called back for a foot in touch.

A series of phases then saw Tamworth move up the pitch. A tap penalty following a Leek offside saw them finally break the hosts' defensive line to reduce the deficit to 10-5.

The Tigers returned to the offensive, and a weak clearance from inside the visitors' 22 saw Rigby gather the ball on halfway. He broke through two tackles before accelerating past the cover defence to touch down near the posts. Byrne converted to make it 17-5 at the break.

The second half began with more Leek pressure. Jack Fryer hacked through after pressurising his opposite wing into a fumble, only to be tackled without the ball. A scrum on the 22 set up the backs, only for the ball to be fumbled forward with the tryline beckoning.

A long distance Byrne penalty fell short, and Tamworth ran back through a disorganised Leek defence. A quickfire series of plays set up an overlap on the right for the visitors to score their second - 17-10.

But that was as close as they came. Leek spent the final 15 minutes camped in their opponents' half. The hosts spurned a kickable penalty, only to have their forward drive held up over the line.

Several penalties around the breakdown saw a yellow card shown to the Tamworth scrum-half. Again, Leek turned down an easy three-point kick, only to knock on as they threatened the tryline.

A series of scrums on the five-metre line saw further chances lost to knock-ons and fumbles until, with time running out, the ball came to centre Ollie Ryder, who shrugged off three would-be tacklers to put the icing on the cake for the Tigers. Byrne converted to make it 24-10.

Leek host Newcastle in the semi-final.

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