Rishworthians bag Baildon silverware

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Old Rishworthians under 13s claimed their first silverware of the season after emerging victorious at the Baildon Festival

The first game ended in a 21-0 victory over the hosts. New recruit Phillip Tattersall made light work of the opposition defence as he burst through to score his first try in Rishies colours.

This was added to just before half time as Tattersall made another break up the middle. This time he was brought down short of the line, but good support by the forward pack meant the ball was recycled and scrum half Ben Riley moved the ball away quickly.

The ball went deftly through five pairs of hands to allow winger Sam Puddephatt to score in the corner.

Hooker Toby Muscat-Baron added a third try in the second half as he picked up from the base of a ruck and dived over to score. Sam Lovering added all three kicks.

They followed that up with a 33-7 success over Keighley who opened the scoring with a good converted try.

Rishies hit back having been awarded a penalty close to the Keighley try line and Phillip Tattersall crashed through the defence. Sam Puddephatt then came in off his wing, sold a dummy and scored for the Raiders, and Sam Lovering added to the total just before half time with another try coming from a good handling move from the backs.

The Keighley defence began to tire in the second half and Toby Muscat-Baron scored another try from the base of the ruck with a pick and drive manoeuvre before fly half Tom Craven scored a fifth try following a good dummy and a strong run. Sam Lovering added four kicks

Patrick Smallman gave the Raiders an early lead in a 21-0 win over Bradford & Bingley.

Toby Muscat-Baron then added a second try with another pick and drive from the base of a ruck before winger Sam Puddephatt was on the end of a splendid passing move by the back division, with Sam Lovering drawing the final defender before floating a well timed pass to the winger to score the final try.

The final game of the festival pitched the Raiders against a previously unbeaten Aireborough side. However, the Rishworthian Raiders were in determined mood and not about to let their first ever festival victory slip away as they romped to a 21-0 victory.

Second row Phillip Tattersall made another strong run through the heart of the defence and scored a good first half try converted by Lovering. In the second half, prop Callum Bell capped a fine individual performance with a good solo try, having ripped the ball out of a maul and then jinked his way around the despairing Aireborough defence.

The final score came from another excellent passing move by the backs. Scrum half George Wright spun the ball out wide and the unselfish backs moved the ball quickly again for Sam Puddephatt to dive over in the corner. Lovering converted all three kicks.

OLD Brods under 16s progressed into the second round of the Yorkshire Cup following a comprehensive if hard-earned 49-5 success over local rivals Cleckheaton.

Brods started to take some control after an even opening period and a good pass from scrum half Ben Sumner to Chris Bell allowed the ball to be shipped out to winger Ben Armitage to score the first of his two tries, Bell converting.

Cleckheaton came back strongly and only solid tackling from Angus Hirst and man of the match Adam Roebuck stopped them from scoring. Brods started to up the tempo and strong drives from Matt Smith and Brodie Wilson got their side playing in the right part of the field and after sustained pressure Wilson scored just to side of posts, converted by Bell, who also added a penalty for a 17-0 half-time lead.

Brods then took control and after Max Sheldrake had gone close a number of times outstanding winger Greg Roper crossed for the first of his brace.

Brods’s superior fitness began to show and they were able to run in further tries from Tyler Nicholson, Armitage, Wilson, Roper and Chester Butler.

The first side to reach 40 points wins the game so the last 10 minutes were played as a friendly at which time Cleckheaton scored a well worked try in the corner.

Felix Robbins and Jonny Cole were brought on and immediately made an impact to allow Brods to score the last try of the game.

OLD Brods under 14s produced a fine all-round performance to beat a tough and disciplined Middlesbrough side 22-14 at Woodhead.

Middlesbrough kicked off and Oscar Mathers received the ball, taking the Brods forward downhill and with good team support and ball handling saw the first try of the game by Harry Dunne.

Brods worked well as a unit and ongoing pressure allowed further tries by George Ayrton and Tom Wilson to make it 15-0 at the break.

Brods anticipated a tougher second half but the team approach continued with all players tackling well and keeping their defensive line. However, Middlesbrough showed skilful ball handling and pace and scored their first try taking the score to 15-7.

Brods dug in and continued their defence but a high tackle saw Middlesbrough awarded a penalty try taking them to within a point of the home side.

Brods kept their heads and even with changes they remained focused with Joe Sealey almost scoring his first try only to be held up over the line. Collective pressure finally allowed Luke Chadwick to round off the try-scoring with Wilson adding the conversion.