TWELVE man Greetland Rangers under 17s stormed to a 40-16 victory following a superb second half display to overcome a spirited Holderness Vikings outfit.
Greetland ran in 32 unanswered points in a scintillating second half display that their opponents had no answer to. It was a very different story in the first quarter, however, as the visitors started by far the strongest. The Vikings dominated possession in the opening exchanges and they converted this in to a 16 point lead after 20 minutes.
Greetland looked frustrated with their own lacklustre performance, but a superb kick chase from James Hanson helped build some pressure on the visitors and belief in the home team.
It wasn’t long before George Hulme put Greetland on the scoreboard after a clever show and go. Greetland backed this up when more good possession culminated in a well weighted grubber kick that saw Jozef Bird react quickest to score out wide.
Harry Bakes looked to have narrowed the gap still further, but he was adjudged to have put a foot in touch under pressure from a scrambling Vikings defence as he grounded the ball as half time arrived with Holderness holding a 16–8 lead.
Greetland opened the second half brightly as they used the wind at their backs to their advantage. Connor Farnell scored two tries in quick succession and this set the tone for the rest of the game.
The Vikings tried to compete but a succession of injuries disrupted their shape and dampened their enthusiasm as the game slipped from their grasp.
Luke Sugden, Jordan Healey and James Turner sucked in the visitor’s defence with some terrific hit-ups, whilst Corey Smith and Daniel Collier tackled with ferocity to snuff out any potential threat.
Hanson was next to break the Vikings line and he showed great strength to score Greetland’s fifth try. Hulme was next to cross when he chased his own kick through to grab his second try of the game.
The elusive Harry Latham was next to cross as he showed great footwork and strength to outwit the Viking defenders.
Collier scored Greetland’s eighth and final try and the score was completed with conversions from Farnell, Hanson and Callum Dunne.
Illingworth under 14s returned from their Yorkshire Division Three clash at Crigglestone All Blacks with the spoils following a 34-16 success.
Illingworth took the game to Crigglestone with some ferocious tackling and although they were making inroads into the opposition half through Tom Helliwell and Lewis Amos some strange refereeing decisions and silly mistakes prevented them from taking advantage.
It was no surprise when Crigglestone scored the opening unconverted try in the corner but this woke Illingworth up and they started to throw the ball about and really take the game to Crigglestone with wingmen Tommy Lovelady and Thomas Fennelly getting into the game.
Illingworth were back on terms when Jake Wardle passed to Isaac Farrell who scored in the corner and with Brandan Stephenson and Declan Sykes putting in the big hits it was no surprise when Jake Wardle jinked over for an unconverted try and an 8-4.
Crigglestone were allowed back into the game when, on the last tackle, their acting half forced his way over. The kick was successful and Crigglestone led 10-4, with half time looming.
Illingworth were pushing for the next score and got it when Christian Ackroyd found Sean Robins who scored under the posts, Jake Wardle kicked the conversion to give his side a 14-10 lead at the break.
It was important that Illingworth scored first at the start of the second half and when Chris O’Farrell made a break, Lee Craven fed Jack Lund who stormed over to score one of his trademark tries, again Jake Wardle missed the conversion but Illingworth now held the upper hand at 18-10.
Illingworth scored again when after good work from Cammy Graham and Danny Cutts the ball was spun out to Josh Stephenson who scored in the corner, Jake Wardle managing an excellent kick for kick for 24-10.
Soft tackling let Crigglestone back in the match again when their acting half back scored under the posts. The conversion was good but Illingworth dug deep and scored again when, after a great run and pass from Jack Bruce, Jack Lund took the ball on and scored near the posts .
The final word belonged to Luke Sainsbury who after receiving the ball on his own line proceeded to run through the Crigglestone forwards and go the full length of the field to score under the posts, Jake Wardle adding the final conversion.
WEST RIDING YOUTH ARL
Under 14s: Siddal v Farnley Falcons; Hoyland Vikings v Meltham All Blacks; Moldgreen v West Bowling.
Under 13s: West Bowling v Brighouse Rangers; Moldgreen v Slaithwaite Saracens; Ovenden v King Cross Park; Siddal v Queensbury; Underbank Rangers v Lindley Swifts.
Siddal Under 16s host Australian side St Edwards Bears at Chevinedge this Sunday (11.30).
The Bears, who play in the NSW Central Coast League, are on a three match tour and Siddal have been asked to represent Yorkshire.
The Bears have already defeated Chorley Panthers 30-10 and Cumbrian outfit Barrow Island, winning 38-6.