Siddal under 16s followed up last week’s West Riding Cup success with a hard fought but thoroughly deserved 26-20 National Cup quarter-final victory over a tough and skilful Skirlaugh side.
The visitors had the better of the early possession and a neat chip over on the last tackle was well taken by Jordan Moana. Strong running from forwards Tyler Dickinson and Canaan Smithies got Siddal moving forward and a clever kick to the corner, which bounced a foot inside the touchline, was pulled back by the referee who claimed the ball went out on the full.
This gave Skirlaugh the momentum to move the ball forward and a good passing move spreading the ball to the left gave their winger the opportunity to cut inside and score, the successful conversion giving Skirlaugh an early six point lead.
Siddal soon levelled after a bullish run from prop Robert Holroyd set up Kruise Leeming for a run to the corner. The ball was worked back infield where Holroyd barged over, Leeming adding the extras.
The defence was solid until midway though the half when a chip to the corner was taken by the visiting centre and he broke the defensive line and sprinted to halfway before being tackled.
The ball was quickly moved along the line and a scrambling defence could not stop the opposition winger sprinting over from 20 metres out, the added extras giving the visitors the lead at 12-6.
Siddal needed an nearly second half score and that is what they got, Dickinson bursting through from 20 metres, Leeming again adding the extra two points to level the scores once more.
Skirlaugh immediately restored their lead but Siddal hit back when Sam Williams drove towards the try line and was tackled just short, Holroyd was not to be denied on the next play and he rampaged over taking several defenders with him and with Leeming kicking the goal Siddal had the lead for the first time.
Siddal extend their advantage from the restart. Full back Josh Dean returned the ball to halfway, Leeming took the ball on a jinking run and offloaded to Moana who carried the ball on a further 20 metres then passed back to the supporting Leeming who turned the visiting full back inside out before diving over in the corner.
Skirlaugh then took advantage of some sloppy defending and managed to force their way over in the corner and in a tense finish Moana stole the ball in a one on one tackle, Smithies made further inroads then Leeming and Moana combined to create the opportunity for Joel McFarlane to squeeze in for a try.
Skirlaugh threw everything they had at Siddal but the defence held out and saw them through to the last four where they will play Wigan St Pats.