Wharfedale Rams 12 – 20 Skipton 2nd XV

Wharfedale made the short trip down the dale to play this league game in testing conditions, with relentless wind and rain throughout. Both teams tried to play some attractive rugby but the majority was played through the forwards cancelling each other out while the backs from both teams scored the tries at regular intervals throughout the game.

Wharfedale got off to a flying start with a try for Duncan Clayton-Stead after 5 minutes with Tom Murray converting. Skipton then kicked a penalty and scored a converted try after 20 minutes. Just before halftime Skipton went further ahead with a breakaway try from their own half.

The second half continued with both sides applying pressure to get the upper hand, but it was stalemate until Skipton got their 3rd try with 10 minutes to go.

Wharfedale didn’t give up and forward pressure led to Ian Close crashing over from a tap penalty move with 5 minutes left. Wharfedale tried to get another score but the clock and conditions eventually beat them.

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