Champions bounce back with comfortable win

Aaron Canning kicks a conversion during the victory over Old Modernians
Aaron Canning kicks a conversion during the victory over Old Modernians

Old Rishworthians 45 Old Modernians 15

It was back to business as usual for champions Rishworthians as they swept aside Mods on Wednesday night in their penultimate Yorkshire Three game.

While the Leeds side provided stiff opposition at the start of both halves, they could not live with the pace of Rishworthian fullback Aaron Canning and flanker Chris Dyson.

Whenever one made a break, the other was always there in support and at times they were even too quick for the rest of their team mates.

They inspired a seven-try haul for the Copley men, with Canning adding five conversions.

The visitors started strongly and the home team could not break out of their own half in the opening minutes and went behind to an early penalty.

But it was soon all change as Canning made a superb break and he and Dyson interpassed before the fullback touch down and then added the conversion.

Scrum half and captain Gary Morris had to go off injured, but Rishworthians carried on as usual.

Josh Kelly moved to scrum half and Joe Billing to stand-off, the latter making a fine break from a quickly taken penalty to put Dyson in.

Flanker Joel Broadbent then stole the ball well after some counter-rucking and set Canning off on another a break to the line and he then converted his own try.

Rishworthians had more chances to score as the half ended, but were unable to complete them. They went into the break leading 19-3 after having to defend determinedly in the final minutes.

The second half opened with a strong break from prop Richard Turner, which was taken on again by Canning, Dyson and No 8 Jioti Bakoso. From the resulting ruck Kelly picked up and dived over, with Canning converting.

Leading 26-3 and a bonus point secured, Rishworthians relaxed and the visitors made them pay.

They laid siege to the home line and scored two tries, the first from a forward drive after a lineout near the line. The pressure was maintained and eventually the ball was sent wide and brought a try in the corner.

A fine conversion took the score to 26-15 and just when the visitors thought they might be able to pull the game round, Rishworthians scored again.

Left wing Anthony Shoesmith ran the ball from a clearance kick and almost made the line. Bakoso picked up from the ensuing ruck and flipped the ball for prop Ryan Mudd to crash over. Canning converted.

Then it was the Dyson and Canning show again, before the ball went to Billing, who scored with a fine angled run. Canning again converted.

Fraser Swarbrooke and teenager Elliott Roebuck had outstanding games at lock and just before the end Swarbrooke showed great pace to run 40 yards to complete the scoring.