Yarnbury 2s welcomed Moortown 3s to Brownberrie lane on Saturday with the home side looking to bounce back from the defeat at Ripon last week.
Yarnbury started the brighter of the two teams and quickly took a 7-nil lead through a rampaging Sam Hodgson try converted by Lee Mortimer. Yarnbury’s pack were asserting their dominance over their opposite numbers, yet it was the Moortown hooker who would touch down next; exploiting a gap at the edge of the ruck, the hooker broke the line and rounded the flat-footed Roebuck at fullback to score under the posts all too easily.
It soon became clear that Yarnbury had superiority at the lineout with Chris ‘Salmon’ Hopwood perpetually getting in front and above of the Moortown jumpers to steal the ball. After enjoying spells of pressure on the Moortown line, wing Danny Butterfield crossed the line to score but was adjudged to have knocked on.
Will Cooper and the rest of the big boys in the Yarnbury pack further showed their strength at scrum time and, from 5 meters out, sent the Moortown pack back peddling for Ben Robinson to score. Shortly after the boys in blue got the ball back into the Moortown 22 and James Daffern continued his try scoring form and forced his way through the Moortown defence for Yarnbury’s 3rd try of the game.
It was Moortown who had the last score of the first half scoring a converted try just before half time bringing the score to 17-14.
Despite creating several try scoring opportunities early in the second half Yarnbury could not capitalise on these to earn the bonus point. Yarnbury tried to put the ball through the hands to test Moortown out wide, only to find back row Rhys ‘Wheels’ Leighton on the wing. Despite discovering pace few knew he had Leighton was ‘tackled’ into touch. Yarnbury then tried the other wing only for Sam Oxley to be swiftly introduced to his opposite number’s shoulder, on several occasions.
Moortown, coming under further pressure in their own 22, conceded another penalty for offside which lead to yellow card for the Moortown back row and a Yarnbury scrum on the 5m line. From the scrum the ball found James Endersby who, after some fancy footwork, crashed over the try line only to be held up over the line.
Slick hands from the Yarnbury backline at the following scrum resulted in a try in the corner for Sam Oxley, finally getting one over on his opposite number, giving Yarnbury the bonus point.
Yarnbury remained resolute in defence for the rest of the second half with no points being scored for either team giving Yarnbury the bonus point win, 22-14
Written by Adam Roebuck