On A blustery day at Laund Hill the YMCA took on table toppers York in their latest North One East fixture and without the services of regular highest points scorers Gavin Stead and Sam Fletcher the encounter looked to be a tough one.
From the kick of the YM took the ball up well but they were quickly back on the defensive as on their first foray into the YM 22 the visitors forced home their advantage with a try in the left corner, which thanks to the wind went unconverted 0-5
YM had a chance to get something on the board a few moments later but in the absence of regular kicker Stead it was left to Bull to have a go without success.
Leeds quickly made the home side pay when their stand off Hessay took the ball inside his own half and set off at pace towards the YM defence, leaving it in tatters as he strolled through for a beautiful solo try which took him well over half the length of the field. To say his cause was assisted by poor YM tackling is an understatement. Again the wind won out on the conversion attempt restricting the gap to 10 points. 0-10
Things didn’t improve for the home side when after a number of warnings the referee yellow carded YM’s inside centre Andrade after he was adjudged to have been high in the tackle.
With the YM a man down York took full advantage and pressed the home defence once again. This time it was outside centre Davies who was on the spot to get over the line and set the ball down close to the posts making the conversion on this occasion a formality. 017
With half time approaching it wasn’t looking good for the home side, especially given that they would be playing directly into a strong wind in the second half. By anybody’s reckoning the wind must have been worth 15 points but the YM’s lack of a kicking game meant that they totally failed to exploit it, choosing to run the ball from everywhere.
The YM continued to grind away and were eventually rewarded when a good break down the left flank saw Nathan Chappell in space. He had the presence of mind to chip the ball beyond the oncoming defence and was able to collect it and set it down near the posts to give Bradley a chance at the conversion which he duly took bring the score to 7-17
Half time 7-17
There were some good signs for the YM, in particular in the forwards, where they were dominating the scrum. Excellent performances from the usual suspects, but special mention to number 8 Nasaqa who was on his best form smashing his way through the York defence and showing an excellent turn of speed. Creating York problems at every opportunity.
With the second half under way the expectation was that the YM would spend most of the time pinned back in their own half by a clever kicking game, but fortunately for the home side York decided to continue with the tactics which had served them well in the first half and failed to take advantage of the strong wind.
This played right into the YM hands and it was a rejuvenated outfit that took up the fight in the second half.
The forwards took the ball into the heart of the York defence and slowly but surely began to sap the strength out of them. Suddenly Nasaqa smashed his way through and made excellent ground before offloading to the supporting Jordan Andrade who took out the last remnants of the defence to get the YM over the line for a well worked try. One again Bradley added the extras from the conversion and it was game on. 14-17
The YM had their tails up now and were battering the York defence, with the forwards doing a great job, they methodically and very clinically moved towards the York line and try as they might the visitors couldn’t deny the YM their score, which was taken by Bull after excellent work all round. The wind beat the conversion but for the first time in the game having come from 17 nil down the YM took the lead. 19-17
It was all the YM from then on and the early very vocal support for the visitors became somewhat subdued.
Great interplay between Andrade and Chappell once again saw the latter have the beating of the defence for another unconverted YM score. 24-17
This was followed by another Sam Hodge special when he was on hand to finish a super move involving virtually every the player on the team, leaving Hodge with the glory as he dived over in the left corner for yet another unconverted score. 29-17
York weren’t done and had another successful tilt at the YM line when their scrum half Atkins found a gap at the side of a ruck close to the YM line which he promptly nipped through for a York try. Hessay converted to bring the minstermen back into it at 29-24.
The last few minutes were nip and tuck, but eventually as the game drew to a close the YM did enough to force their way over for the final score and put the result beyond doubt, when Bradley showed his opposite number that he was also quick on his feet and could find the gap if it was there. The conversion was missed but the hard graft had paid off as the referee blew the whistle for full time with the score at 34-24.
Final score 34-24
An excellent game of rugby and credit to both teams who kept the game flowing in very blustery conditions. The forwards once again were on top of the job and the combination of Bull, Andrade and Chappell in midfield worked well.
Team; Burnett, Tetley, Chappell, Andrade, Burns-Smith, Bull, Bradley, Slater, Hill, Dyke, Housley, Black, Hodge, Davidson, Nasaqa. Barrett, Tindall, Garden
|03/11/2018||3:00 pm||North 1 East||2018|
|Laund Hill Stadium|
|33 Hadrian\'s Cl, Huddersfield HD3 3XZ, UK|
|Huddersfield YMCA RUFC||34|
Huddersfield YMCA RUFC