Errors prove costly for Rishies

Mattthew Hunt Brown
Mattthew Hunt Brown

West Leeds 36 Old Rishworthians 19

Despite the scoreline, there was little to choose between the teams, although Rishworthians went astray in a 25-minute period and were never able to claw back enough points.

The penalty count was similar for both sides, except the home team got more in kickable positions.

They landed five and converted three tries, while right wing Joe Billing kicked three penalties for Rishworthians.

Although the visitors gave away three points with a penalty after only a minute, they turned on the style with some excellent rugby in the first 20 minutes.

They were unable to cross the line, although Billing came closest with a great run only to be stopped two yards out.

He did land two penalties and there were strong runs by forward Nick Faulkner and centre Matthew Hunt-Brown.

Rishworthians looked to be completely on top until they gifted a try with the ball being stolen in the tackle and the right wing running on to score a converted try.

They had barely recovered when a poor clearance kick saw them under pressure and a well-worked move from a free kick brought a second converted try.

Two long range penalties at the end of the half gave the home side a commanding 23-6 lead at the break.

Rishworthians started the second half as strongly as the first and soon got some points.

A great pick-up and offload by Hunt-Brown put Luke Sutcliffe clear on the left wing. He kicked on and the chase by supporting players saw the ball recycled and another strong run by Faulkner created the opportunity for the ball to come back to Sutcliffe, who dived over in the corner.

The visitors gave away another three points from a long-range penalty before hitting back with another score.

Man of the match Faulkner stole the ball in a lineout on the home 22 and drove through to score wide out.

When Billing landed a penalty to make it 26-19, Rishworthians looked as if they might at least snatch a losing bonus point, but they gave away another three points with a penalty and lost a player to the sin bin, which allowed the home side to force their way over in the last minute for a third converted try.