Good workout for Reds before next weeks Cup game at York
Match Report Sunday 28th October - Friendly
This Sunday the Reds welcomed West Park Leeds to a drizzly, overcast Copley. This was a free weekend for the Rishies boys, but when Huddersfield pulled out of their game against WPL, we gladly stepped in, as this would be a decent challenge prior to our Yorkshire Cup match away at York next week.
In a number of recent matches the Reds have started with an air of benevolence, allowing the opposition to start quickly, and obtain the first try within minutes of the kick off. On Sunday WPL exploited some poor tackling and opened the scoring with a converted try within 3 minutes.
A Reds kick and chase harried the WPL fullback who only managed to put the ball in to touch on his own 22. From the lineout play went across field, and then back again to winger Ben Rooney who angled his run to score in the left corner. From the restart Rooney collected, shot through a gap, and again outpaced the chasers to score his second try. Jacob Bower added the conversion and the Reds were in front 10-7.
Moments later WPL were penalised for offside on their 22 and up stepped Bower to add the penalty. A poor WPL penalty then failed to find touch and flanker Tom Metcalfe made good ground before the ball went wide to Sam Nunn who crossed the try line but was held up. From the ensuing 5 metre scrum Lewis Ackroyd powered over from close range and increased the lead to 20-7.
West Park Leeds pressure was rewarded with another try in the corner. The Reds continued to play good phases of controlled rucking, and were again on the score sheet when Nunn battled over, and a successful conversion brought a 27-12 half time lead.
Half Time Rishworthians 27 - 12 West Park Leeds
The second half started better that the first with the Reds chasing the kick off and powerful drives from Jack Davis and Albert Richardson-Brown made good yardage. Fairly soon though came a period of scrappy play, with both sides guilty of playing one man rugby and without any particular imagination. The Reds had plenty of ball though and eventually put possession in to points. From a 5 metre scrum on the left the ball went through good hands in the backs to fly half Sam Bake who dummied the defender and found a gap to score under the posts. Bower converted. From another good strong set of rucks, Max Spolverato shot out from a group of players, and set off from half way to score his first try for the club which Bower again converted.
With the game coming to its conclusion WPL managed a consolation try at the corner flag to make the final score 41-17 to Rishies. A good workout for the lads before next week, with some good individual performances, but a few things to iron out at training this Thursday.
Man of the Match: Will McDonnell