Wharfedale finish with a flourish
Wharfedale threw off the tag of plucky losers in the last league game of the season with a superb display against highly placed Hartpury.
Dale competed from the kick off and had the lion’s share of possession and territory in the first half despite playing up the Yorkshire slope. The only area that the students had the edge was in the scrum.
A clever move at the front of the line out led to a break from James Doherty who fed Ian Larkin for Wharfedale’s first try which proved too difficult for Jamie Guy to convert. Dale’s second try came from good work from forwards and backs which led to Jack Barnard crossing in the corner. Again Guy was unsuccessful with the conversion.
The students got on the scoreboard just before half time with a penalty from the boot of Craig Jackson.
The Green machine turned on an exhibition of rugby in the second half giving the students a lesson in discipline, defence and control of the ball. Dale gained control of the set piece and although their lineout creaked a little they again dominated a lacklustre students team.
Pressure from the Dale pack created the opportunity for a Dan Solomi dart from 2 metres (again unconverted) before Solomi ran in a glorious try from 60 metres breaking tackles and rounding the full back as well.
More pressure from Dale led to a Penalty try with Jamie Guy converting the last two the final score was just reward for a magnificent display.
Full report will appear under Fixtures.
The Final of this season’s Yorkshire Cup will be played on Thursday 30 April at West Park Leeds (located in Bramhope). Kick-off confirmed as 7:30.
Cupholders Wharfedale’s opponents will be Harrogate.
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The Development team beat Roundhegians seconds 62-14 in the quarter final of the Aire-Wharfe Plate competition.
The match report is now available under the Fixtures tab..
We have been drawn at home against Bradford & Bingley 2’s. The match will KO at 7:30 pm on Wednesday 29 April.
(1) Esher 26 – 8 Wharfedale
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A selection of photographs is available here
(2) Wharfedale Development XV 30 – 28 Ripon 2nd XV
The team managed to hang on to a narrow 30-28 victory on Saturday over Ripon second team. This was the final match in a successful league season for the lads which only resulted in 3 defeats, two of which were against runaway leaders Huddersfield 2nd team. The thirds finished 2nd in their league.
The match report appears here
The focus now moves onto the Aire-Wharfe Plate competition following the defeat against Bradford Salem last Wednesday in the cup. We have been drawn against Roundhegians 2nds, at home next Wednesday 22nd April, KO 7:30pm.
(3) North Ribblesdale 2nd XV 52 – 0 Wharfedale 4th XV
Congratulations to Josh Burridge and Cameron Hudson who have been selected for the England Counties U20s tour to Hungary in June.
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(1) Yorkshire Cup semi-final – Cleckheaton v Wharfedale
Cleckheaton 24 – 40 Wharfedale
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(2) Aire-Wharfe Cup Tie Development XV away to Bradford Salem 2nd XV
Bradford Salem 34 – 10 Wharfedale Dev XV
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