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Moortown 2nd XV 12 Foresters 71

Following on from a blank weekend and with some late changes to the squad, the Foresters had a different look on Saturday when they travelled across to Leeds to play Moortown 2’s.

The first 25 minutes were played at a good tempo and, before you could blink, the Foresters were 4 tries ahead.  Winger Kaup-Samuels was the beneficiary of some good hands and phases to cross twice, scrum half Max Bell finished off a sweeping blindside move by winger Fred Hewetson to claim the next try and prop forward Jimmy Meehan crashed over after a 5 yard tap penalty, following an incisive break by Josh Prell.  Full back Marcus Farnworth converted two of these.

Back came Moortown to score a converted try after the Foresters had conceded a number of soft penalties.  Then the Foresters came back after this brief spell to score two more tries through No 8 Max Mountain and Prell again.  The latter escaped the clutches of two would-be tacklers to score.  Farnworth again added the conversions.

Moortown were by no means finished as they scored a second well-deserved try through their winger.  The half ended 10-38  to the Foresters.

The second half was similar to the first with the away team starting brightly, before easing off somewhat and then finishing the match impressively.  Five more tries were scored with a mix of enterprising play by the backs and some concerted driven line out play by the pack.  Tries were scored by Hewetson, Tom Mann, Jack Burton and Prell and Mountain added to their tally.  Both Farnworth and Mann added two more conversions each.

It was a pleasing day out in general with good performances by the lads.  They have definitely stepped up a level, even though there are still things to work on as they strive for excellence.

Squad

1. Jack Wells, 2. Harley Debney-Succoia, 3. Jimmy Meehan, 4. Tom Rymer, 5. Jack Burton, 6. Jim Bowers, 7. Max Mountain (c), 8. Jack Thompson , 9. Max Bell, 10. Tom Mann, 11. Omari Kaup-Samuels, 12. Beau Verity , 13. Josh Prell ,14. Fred Hewetson , 15. Marcus Farnworth, 16. Charles Glover, 17. Tom Oakes.

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