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Heath RUFC (82) vs Yarnbury (7)
Saturday 14 January 2023
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Top Team Performance - Great Result .....

Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 14 January 2023


Cook, Puttick, Heron, Shipman, Dance, J.Cole, Sharp, Ward, Rowntree, Brown, Bruce, Fletcher, Malthouse, Granger, Cadogen.
Subs: Wilkinson, Dawes, Haigh, Burbidge, & Thomson.



Tries: Fletcher (3), Bruce (3), Cook (2), J.Cole, Sharp, Ward, & Rowntree.
Cons: Cook (9) & Thomson (2).



Heath went into the game with Yarnbury confident of securing their first league double of the season.

Sam Fletcher returned from injury and turned in an eye catching, man of the match performance from inside centre. The same player opened the scoring, backing up a long Jack Malthouse break, Oliver Cook converted. A number of chances were squandered after long breaks by Phil Cadogen, Malthouse and Max Rowntree. The impressive Jack Bruce was next over the line finishing well out wide after great hands by Si Brown and Malthouse. Heath continued to dominate with Richard Dance, Mark Puttick and captain Joe Shipman going close, before Rowntree popped the ball up to the unstoppable Cook who converted well from out wide.

Brook Ward controlled superbly from a scrum five metres out to dot down, followed by Fletcher's second try, collecting a goal line drop out 30 metres out and cutting through for a superb try, Cook converted both. The large squad allows regular rotation up front which allows the team to maintain high intensity in attack and defence. George Heron, Max Dawes, Carter Haigh and Matthew Wilkinson all maintaining strong carries and high work rate. Bruce added his second, benefitting from a great break by the rampaging Zak Thomson, before Jonny Cole received a pass twenty metres out with no defenders insight he scampered home for a deserved score, Cook successful with the boot. Half time 47-0.

Oli Burbidge replaced Cook. Heath continued where they’d left off, patiently building pressure and breaking with their dangerous backline. Brown and Harry ‘The Enforcer’ Granger broke clear, with Rowntree ignoring a massive overlap to crash over, Thomson converted. Fletcher completed his hatrick, again benefitting from well timed passes, Thomson added his second conversion.

Yarnbury registered their only score as the home team were slow to react from a kick through. Heath hit straight back, Bruce now operating at full back collected a clearance kick inside his own half before beating a number of chasers and sprinting clear, Cook converted. Sam Sharp finished well from 30 metres and Cook crashed over to complete the scoring. Cook converted both tries to finish the game with an impressive 28 points.

This was another impressive performance by an excellent squad. The team will look to continue their winning run at local rivals Old Brodleians next Saturday. UTH 👊




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