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Skipton 1st XV - Match centre

Skipton
Sheffield Medicals
J Mcleod, J Smith
Tries
T Neha
Conversions
T Neha
Penalties
Sat 24 Mar TBC - Northern Division - Yorkshire Division Three Full time

Skipton 15 Sheffield Medicals 14

Skipton pass their Medicals test thanks to late Neha penalty

SKIPTON secured another win in Yorkshire 3 after Te Rasmussen Neha slotted home a penalty four minutes from time. The result had the home crowd on their feet in appreciation of a full-on and determined performance by the Reds.
The Medics kicked off on a still and calm day at Sandylands, in sharp contrast to the easterly blizzard of the previous week. Skipton made a bad start though, suffering an injury blow just minutes into the contest.
Hooker Ryan Chafer suffered a knee problem which forced him to leave the field. Smith Brown came on in the back row and Charlie Brown took over at No. 2.

The early period of the game was quiet, with both sides exchanging penalties, until Skipton won a scrum against the head.
A great break by No. 8 Harry McEneaney saw quick hands ship the ball out but an interception by the Medics was only halted by a try-saving tackle from full-back Jack Mcleod.
The Medics then received the first of their yellow cards for a cynical, deliberate knock-on which denied Skipton a try. A yellow card a few minutes later for Charlie Brown, for a similar offence, did not help Skipton's cause.
The penalty attempt by the Medics was knocked-on in goal by Skipton. From the resultant scrum the visitors were over for the opening try of the game, which they converted, and the sides turned round at 7-0 to the Medics.
The half-time team talk put both sides into overdrive, with a break-away try by McLeod for Skipton being countered by a close-range try for the Medics following strong forward pressure. The Medics converted their try to lead by 14-5.
Skipton coach Craig Bartlett then brought winger Josh Smith on to replace James Akers and Luke Daniels on for centre Jon Currie.
Within minutes, the changes proved effective. Smith was fed by opposite winger George Smithson and he went over following great forward work. Stand-off Neha added the extra points.
Coach Bartlett brought forward Harry Maltby on to augment the back-row and he was instrumental in gaining a Skipton penalty following a Medics obstruction.

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Key moments

45:00
Try Jack Mcleod scores for Skipton
65:00
Try Joshua Smith scores for Skipton
65:00
Conversion Te Rasmussen Neha kicks a conversion for Skipton
77:00
Penalty Te Rasmussen Neha kicks a penalty for Skipton

Highlights

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77:00 Penalty 15 - 0
Te Rasmussen Neha kicks a penalty for Skipton
65:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Te Rasmussen Neha kicks a conversion for Skipton
65:00 Try 10 - 0
Joshua Smith scores for Skipton
45:00 Try 5 - 0
Jack Mcleod scores for Skipton
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As it happened

  • Skipton
  • Sheffield Medicals
  • 0
  • Jack Mcleod Try 45:00'
  • Joshua Smith Try 65:00'
  • Te Rasmussen Neha Conversion 65:00'
  • Te Rasmussen Neha Penalty 77:00'

Team selection

Mcleod, Jack Mcleod, Jack
Ackers, James Ackers, James
Munro, Hamish Munro, Hamish
Currie, Jon Currie, Jon
Smithson, George Smithson, George
Neha, Te Rasmussen Neha, Te Rasmussen
Barraclough, Shaun Barraclough, Shaun
McEneaney, Harry McEneaney, Harry
Willsher, John Willsher, John
Brown, Charlie Brown, Charlie
Wooler, Andrew Wooler, Andrew
Willsher, Richard Willsher, Richard
Wright, Chris Wright, Chris
Chafer, Ryan Chafer, Ryan
Currie, Luke Currie, Luke

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# Team Pl Pts
8. Knottingley 24 60
9. Sheffield Medicals 26 53
10. Harrogate Pythons 25 51
11. Skipton 26 47
12. Leeds Medics And Dentists 26 46
13. Baildon 26 40
14. Stocksbridge 26 33

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