Old Rishworthians 46 Bramley Phoenix 17
Rishworthians strengthened their position at the top of Yorkshire Three by demolishing one of their closest rivals.
Their six-try victory was mainly down to pace and a domination of the lineout.
Flanker Chris Dyson and full back Aaron Canning led the way with pace, while lock Fraser Swarbrooke was in complete charge in the lineout.
Player-coach Damian Ball was very happy with his side’s attacking potential and discipline, but not so happy with the way they conceded three tries.
But the nine-try game was one of the most entertaining seen at Copley, with the home side starting like an express train with two top drawer scores.
First Dyson scythed through the visitors and almost put in centre Kurt Sutcliffe. He was stopped just short, but stand-off Will Brian was quick to follow up and dive over. Canning converted.
Soon after Rishworthians opened up the Bramley defence again and, after some fine interpassing in the backs, Ball took an inside pass to score.
Almost immediately a pass which appeared well forward beat the home defence and led to scrum from which the visitors created an overlap to score in the corner.
Rishworthians’ two-try cushion was restored from a fine lineout take from Swarbrooke, with the ball going wide and Canning bursting through the centre to score under the posts, converting his own try.
The home side kept up the attack with good play from Dyson, left wing Anthony Shoesmith and lock Harry Collett.
They then secured a bonus point with a fourth try right on the break. Ball put put in a fine through kick for No 8 Nick Faulkner, who was stopped just short, but Dyson was quick to support and touch down. Canning again converted.
Rishworthians made a mess of the second half restart and the visitors ran in a converted try, aided by some sloppy tackling.
The home side hit straight back though. Faulkner picked up from a scrum to feed the backs and Sutcliffe picked a fine angled run to touch down. Canning added the conversion.
Rishworthians allowed hope to Bramley as they lost a scrum against the head and more poor tackling led to a try.
From then though it was all the home side as they added a further 13 points. Faulkner picked up at a scrum and powered his way over for Rishworthians’ sixth try.
Canning converted and then added two further penalties to complete a fine win.