Rishies close to hitting the ton in romp against Roundhegians

OLD Rishworthians under 13s romped to a convincing 90–0 win over Roundhegians.

Rishies started their scoring spree when centre Sam Nunn collected the ball and made 50 metres before chipping head. He chased his own ball and a favourable bounce saw him collect at pace and go over, Jacob Bower adding the conversion.

The Reds were now in full stride and after a great ruck on the right the ball went across the field to second row Lewis Ackroyd who galloped in under the posts, Bower again converted. From the restart James McHugh collected and from a ruck Sam Bake made a 60 metre break before offloading to Ackroyd who crashed over for his second try in as many minutes. Bower converted to put the Reds 21-0 up after 11 minutes.

Ackroyd soon had his hat trick after good work from Bake and Jack Davis released him to crash over in the corner.

Davis then made a break from his 22 and was yards from the try line when a Roundhegian player receiving treatment behind the post rushed back on to the field and tripped him up. The referee awarded a penalty try which Bower converted.

The Reds were rampant in the ruck and from a turnover McDonnell kicked over the top and his chase put the defender under pressure who knocked on. From the scrum the ball went forward with some lovely offloads and Nunn bagged his second try.

From the restart Will Bowers returned the ball to the opposition 22, and after winning a scrum against the head, he was on hand again to pick and go in from close range, Bower converting.

Roundhegians could not cope with the pace and power of the Reds and they were again on the back foot straight from the restart. Play was taken to the opposition 10 metres where Toby Gledhill picked up from the ruck and went over to score under the posts allowing Bower’s conversion to make it 52-0.

The Reds continued the second half with the same determination as the first. Bowers added his second try of the game when he barged through the defence, Bower again converting.

The next try came from a ‘Hegians penalty kick to touch which landed in the welcoming arms of Ackroyd who carved his way through three defenders to add another score.

The next try was a superb team effort A Reds lineout on the Roundhegians 22 was knocked down by Bowers to McDonnell, then to Bake, taken on by Davis, offload to Nunn and the final pass to fullback Nathan Cooper who had the easy task of crossing the line. Bower finished the move with a great conversion.

Lewis Ackroyd scored a further two quick tries to take his personal tally to six and even at 83-0 Rishies were not finished.

They stole another lineout on halfway and scrum half McDonnell managed to get within yards of the try line and from the ruck Sam Bake gave a sweet dummy pass before going through the gap that he had created. Bower again made the conversion to give him 10 from 14.