After a six weeks break, Greetland Rangers under 17s made the long journey to Holderness as fourth met fifth in East Yorkshire.
Injuries and unavailability meant Greetland took to the field with only 11 men, and the Vikings soon began to exploit the gaps created by their opponent’s lack of numbers before going on to secure a 40-14 success.
Scoring at almost a point a minute Holderness turned the screw in a ruthless opening half, converting each of their five tries to leading 30–0 by half time. It was a lead they thoroughly deserved, despite dogged defence from Danny Collier and Harry Latham.
To their credit Greetland came out for the second half with renewed vigour. Their early pressure was rewarded when Connor Farnell darted over despite the attention of several defenders. Callum Dunne converted to give the visitors a flicker of hope.
A period of stalemate followed, with both teams working hard to break through without success. James Turner made great yards with every carry, giving Greetland some real impetus, whilst George Hulme and Luke Sugden tackled solidly.
The Viking‘s kicking game had proved very effective in the first stanza, and they continued to use it to exert pressure on their opponents, but Iain Dale and Dunne both scrambled well to cover the threat.
After tempers boiled over, Rangers found themselves down to nine men, yet this seemed to inspire the visitors and they piled on the pressure.
A great run from Turner sucked in the home team’s defence. Despite numerous would-be tacklers in attendance, he got the ball out to Farnell and his fast hands found Sugden who barged over from close range for a great team try.
Archie Williams made some good yards with ball in hand, whilst the strong running James Hanson was causing damage with each carry. Latham then switched play to the short side, where Farnell once again turned provider as he drew in the defence before finding Corey Smith, who finished well for Greetland’s third try.
Fatigue finally began to take its toll, however, and Holderness finished the stronger, crossing twice more to complete the scoring.
Much more junior sport in Thursday’s Evening Courier