Rishworthians denied losing bonus point

Anthony Shoesmith scores a try against Hullensians
Anthony Shoesmith scores a try against Hullensians

Old Rishworthians 19 Hullensians 29

The Yorkshire Two league leaders had too much firepower for a gallant Rishworthian team, who gave them a fright and were unlucky not to come away with at least a bonus point.

A gale-force wind was a major factor in the game and virtually cancelled out kicking for the team playing into it.

But even playing against the wind Rishworthians had the visitors rocking as they got off to a flying start.

They were straight on the attack and although a delicate grubber kick from stand-off Joe Billing was blocked, left wing Anthony Shoesmith regathered the ball and drove forward.

He set up the ruck and then Billing’s short pass saw flanker Nick Faulkner burst through on a fine angled run to touch down. Billing had no chance with the conversion against the wind.

Hullensians came back strongly and drove forward from a scrum to force a converted try, despite what appeared to be a forward pass.

Gradually the visitors took charge up front and it was no surprise when they scored a try from a lineout catch and drive, but kicking from wide out, even with the wind proved almost impossible.

They went further ahead after pushing Rishworthians back in the scrum before sending the ball out to the wing for a try in corner.

At 17-5 down the home side still fancied their chances in the second period until they were caught out with the last play of an extra long first half, unable to field a high ball, which bounced for the Hull left wing to run in a simple converted try.

Despite trailing 24-5 at the break, Rishworthians came out strongly.

They put the visitors under pressure and charged through in the forwards, with hooker Simon Edmundson first to gather a loose ball and flip it up for centre Kurt Sutcliffe to touch down. Billing added the conversion.

Hullensians fought back and put the home men under pressure, which told with Faulkner going into the bin and the visiting pack rumbling over in the corner.

From then though it was all Rishworthians, but despite a number of strong runs they could not break through a sound Hull defence.

Eventually they got it wide and Shoesmith ran in for a fine try, converted by Billing.

They battered the visitors’ line for the last few minutes, but could not get the bonus point they desperately sought.

Their best chance came with two minutes to go, but with a three-man overlap the ball was dropped in midfield to sum up their day.

Rishworthians second team put in a fine performance away to a strong Baildon side, but went down 24-11. No 8 John Locke scored a try and Josh Kelly scored a penalty and a drop-goal before suffering a serious ankle injury.