Canning sets new points mark - for second time

Hessle 7 Old Rishworthians 47

Aaron Canning broke Rishworthians’ individual points scoring record as the champions cruised to their final Yorkshire Three victory.

Before the game he needed 21 points to beat Jamie Bloem’s 2007/08 total of 375. He did it in style scoring and converting the first three tries and then adding three more conversions to finish on 382.

The relegation-doomed home side opened strongly, but once Rishworthians had weathered the initial onslaught, it was business as usual.

Left wing Anthony Shoesmith broke away and was well supported by centre Luke Flanagan who passed inside for Canning on the burst to glide through.

Fraser Swarbrooke, who dominated the lineout throughout won good possession and Shoesmith again put in a strong run.

The ball was taken on by flanker Ben Robinson before it eventually broke to Canning who was over for his second.

Rishworthians were running everything and from a tap penalty Canning burst through on a 40-yard run to touch down.

He kicked the goal to break the record and effectively killed off the game.

There was more scoring to come however as Hessle could not live with Rishworthians’ pacey backs.

Centre Kurt Sutcliffe was another thorn in their side and his superb slipped offload from a tackle put right wing Lee Atkinson away for the fourth try. Canning added the conversion.

Sutcliffe made another great break and put fellow centre Luke Flanagan in at the corner. Canning was just wide with the conversion, but Rishworthians went into the break leading 33-0.

They could not quite match the first half heights in the second period as the game took on an end of season feel.

The home side opened strongly and soon got on the scoreboard, barging over from a penalty on the Rishworthian line for a converted try.

A fine lineout steal on his own 22 by Swarbrooke saw the ball moved along the line and Canning and Shoesmith linked well before putting Flanagan in for his second try. Canning converted.

Robinson, who had a fine game, was on hand to spread the ball after a breakout by replacement hooker Phil Kershaw. He got Flanagan and player-coach Damian Ball moving and Sutcliffe took the pass to dart over. Canning converted.

In the final minutes scrum half Joe Billing, standing in for injured skipper Gary Morris, put Ball in for what looked a try, but the referee was unsighted and declined to give it.

It hardly mattered as Rishworthians completed a season which has seen them destroy other Yorkshire Three teams, winning 23 out of 26 games. Most of the victories were high scoring and dominated by pace and saw Canning take a record which is hardly likely to be broken.

It means he now holds scoring records at two clubs, having previously broken the record at Halifax.