Development XV 43-7 Baildon 1st XV

Aire-Wharfe Cup 1st Round.

For the first instalment of this year’s Aire-Wharfe cup campaign, Wharfedale hosted Baildon 1st team who currently play their rugby in Yorkshire Division 3. After a flying start to their season with numerous wins, Baildon now lie in mid table after a slight dip in form, but with neither relegation nor promotion battles to distract them, they could potentially field a very strong side and the hosts expected nothing less.

Wharfedale came out of the blocks flying and really took the game to their visitors. The opening exchanges were fast and furious with the intensity of the match and the commitment from both sides clear to be seen. The first try came after winger Simon Horsfall went close down the right wing, getting stopped about 5 yards short. Young scrum half Rory McNabb picked and went closer himself The ball was spilt loose but backwards from the ruck but was gathered up and fed to Jonny Davies at flyhalf who made use of a staggered defensive line to nip through to score. He continued where he left off on Saturday and missed the conversion but we were 5-0 up.

Straight back on the attack came the lads in green, with everyone from 1-15 playing with real intent and the hunger to attack. We went close near the left hand post playing up the hill. From the resulting scrum, the ball was well fed no.8 Morgan Davies who claimed the touchdown. JD once again was wayward with the extras but 10-0 looked good.

Quickly after another try was added in the fast paced opening quarter of an hour. The attack was taken up the hill into the Baildon 22 where the ball was eventually spun wide to big boned Sam Smith (he doesn’t like being called fat), who beat the last man to score. JD now relinquished the kicking tee but unfortunately the result was the same as Rory McNabb missed the extras. (This was a lot trickier than JD’s earlier attempts though).

Baildon then found their feet a little after the hectic opening quarter as they settled in to the match. They restricted the home side with tireless work at the breakdown and a similar hunger for work. Despite this, the hosts were back on the attack and were camped in the opposition’s 22 until the ball was turned over and kicked down field only to find Smithy in his best destructive form. The bullocking winger thundered down the far touchline past 2 or 3 defenders before cutting infield to beat the last man and score a cracking solo effort try to the left of the posts. McNabb added the extras and took the score to 22-0.

Half Time

With the slope and the evening drying out a little, Wharfedale looked to continue as they had in the first half. An excellent run by young colt Jacob Taylor, who was outstanding all evening, took the play deep into the Baildon half. He then fed the ball out to Smith down the nearside wing. This time he was thwarted by the defenders but the ball was recycled and eventually full back Sam Mason crossed the line over near the scoreboard. McNabb with the extras. 29-0.

Experienced winger Simon Horsfall then extended the lead as he crashed over from short range. McNabb was once again on target to take the score to 36-0. Then, what can only be described as a s**t pass from James Ardron, was easily read and intercepted by a Baildon man who ran clear and looked likely to go the distance but determined chasing back from Taylor stopped the move but they had men on hand to recycle the ball and pass it out to the right and score their first try of the evening. 36-7.

Wharfedale rounded off the evening and the scoring with a try under the posts by centre Will Davidson. He beat the last man after receiving the ball from replacement flyhalf Michael Beer who made a neat break through the tiring defence. McNabb was on target with the conversion.Ffinal score 43-7.

It had been an excellent win and pleasing performance against a good Baildon side. It really showed the benefit of a strong start and getting points on the board early. We will eagerly await the draw for next week’s encounter.

Team: –

1. Jimmy Meehan
2. Tom Carlisle
3. Joe Jackson
4. Jim Mason
5. Dan Benson
6. Tom Baines ©
7. Jacob Taylor
8. Morgan Davies
9. Rory McNabb
10. Jonathan Davies
11. Sam Smith
12. Will Davidson
13. Scott Rogers
14. Simon Horsfall
15. Sam Mason

Subs: –

16. Thomas Walker
17. Eddie Keighley
18. James Ardron
19. Michael Beer
20. Adam Stockdale

Tries: – Smith (2), J Davies, M Davies, S Mason, Horsfall, Davidson

Cons: – McNabb (4)

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