Hegians snatch a draw from jaws of victory!!!!
By Jim Malia
Hegians wasted a golden opportunity yesterday in the Yorkshire bowl final at Dinnington against local rivals Moortown. Having spoken at length in the build up to the game about keeping our discipline and composure, Hegians allowed the occasion to get to them and in the process squandered a great chance to have the 'bragging rights' in North Leeds for the next 12 months or so!! It was all going so well, Hegians had to withstand some heavy early pressure from the big Moortown pack, Tom B pulling off a great chop tackle to halt Tyler just short of the whitewash to keep the scores level. The Moortown stand off Dylan kept Hegians pegged back early on, using his impressive kicking game to good effect keeping Hegians deep in their own half and kicking a penalty to open the scoring. Will hit back on the stroke of half time, spotting a gap in the Town defence to dart through and then showing great strength to hold off a couple of desperate last ditch tackles. Half time a nervy 5-3
After some words at half time about not giving away cheap penalties and keeping our 'traps shut' Hegians started to play some rugby. Will made another clean break up the middle, drew the full back and popped the ball to Ewan, unfortunately the live wire full back got in between the pair and knocked the ball on (surely a yellow card and penalty try??). Hegians kicked to the corner and set up great field position. A couple of plays later Captain Conor ran from the base of the scrum, feeding Ewan with a great pass and Ewan crashed over to score a great try, Will added the extras. 12-3. Hegians increased their lead 5 minutes later after great work from the whole pack driving the ball upfield, Ewan fed the supporting runner Archie who scored a good try in the corner, 17-3. At this point the cup looked in the bag heading back to the 'Home of Rugby at Chelwood Drive'!! However Moortown had other ideas. After a poor kick and an even poorer chase out of defence Hegians allowed the Moortown full back to step his way past several weak attempted tackles to score under the posts, 17-10. Hegians needed to calm down and play rugby, however Town hit back with the final play of the game, big Tyler crashing over the whitewash and Dylan adding the extras to leave the final score at 17-17!! Credit to Moortown for the excellent comeback but at 17-3 up we should have managed to seal the win!! Cup shared & bragging rights on hold.
Incredibly the plate final was also a draw at 12-12 between Ripon and Huddersfield. Not a very satisfying end to the day for any of the players. Maybe the organisers can rethink for the future??
Thanks to all at Dinnington for their warm hospitality and incredible chips!!