Greetland All Rounders under 12s showed they are made of the right stuff after seeing off previously unbeaten Featherstone Lions 20-6 at Spring Rock.
Early drives from Luke Sadler, Alex Oldroyd and George Standring provided Mackenzie Bradwell with space to put up a high kick on the last tackle. This was dropped and gave Greetland good territory which was further improved by Lyndon Sutcliffe taking the ball under the posts, giving Ben Sutcliffe the opportunity to weave around his opponents to score a try wide on the left.
Greetland were completing the majority of their sets, assisted by positive driving from Oliver Wilson and Myles Sugden, with Mackenzie Bradwell showing up well with his kicking game on last tackles.
When the Lions had possession they were pressurised into errors by Greetland’s defensive effort, with George Standring and Jude Corcos putting in prodigious work and Ben Sutcliffe making big hits which turned defence into attack.
A wonderful piece of opportunist work from Callum Pilling brought Greetland their second try. He picked the ball up on halfway from a ruck and deceived the defence with a dummy and pace to go all the way to the try line.
Greetland showed imagination with quick play and mixing short drives with spreading the ball wide. James Todd, on his debut for Greetland, showed up well with strong running in attack and committed tackling in defence. James Crabtree was influencing the game at acting half, keeping the opposition guessing and bringing his team mates into play. Alex Oldroyd was also scooting well from this position and following good ground made by Callum Pilling and Ben Sutcliffe a position was set up for Lyndon Sutcliffe to drive through the defence to score a try, converted by Mackenzie Bradwell, to give Greetland a 16-0 half-time lead.
The inevitable spell of Lions pressure arrived with one attack being superbly stopped by Callum Pilling reading an overlap and stepping up quickly out of defence to wrap up man and ball.
Jacob Ellis drove well to relieve some pressure and set up an attacking opportunity though a forced pass in Greetland’s own half gave the ball back to Featherstone and this time they made the pressure pay with a converted try close to the posts.
Greetland showed composure and returned to playing good, basic rugby. James Crabtree and Adam Hussain controlled the pace of the match in attack and allowed the big men to make the yards before allowing the play to be spread wide, regularly stretching the Lions’ defence.
Lyndon Sutcliffe saw an opportunity on the left side and ran powerfully from halfway, leaving a trail of destruction behind him to score his second try and provide some welcome relief for Greetland.
The Lions continued to push for a score but Greetland were winning the hits and forcing them back, Josh Ward caught his opposite winger and forcing him into touch with the help of his team mates to win the ball back.
West Riding Junior League
Fixtures. Under eights: Elland v Wyke; Meltham v Ovenden; Huddersfield St Joes v Odsal Sedburgh; West Bowling C v Slaithwaite; West Bowling A v Dearne Valley.
Under 10s: Queensbury v Meltham; Wyke v Ovenden; Sheffield HH v Slaithwaite; Harehills A v Huddersfield St Joes; Harehills B v Underbank.
Under 11s: Queensbury v Sheffield HH; Ovenden v West Bowling; Dearne Valley v Farnley.