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Moortown RUFC (7) vs Heath RUFC (43)
Saturday 7 January 2023
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Great AWAY Win to go Top of the League, (game in hand).

Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 7 January 2023


Heron, Puttick, Johnson, Dance, Shipman, Dawes, Sharp, Ward, Rowntree, D.Cole, Cadogen, Brown, Bruce, Granger, Bradbrook.
Subs: Wilkinson, J.Cole, Burbidge, & Thomson.



Tries: Bruce (2), Thomson (2), D.Cole, Johnson, & Puttick.
Cons: D.Cole (4).



Heath travelled to Leeds looking to avenge a heavy defeat in the home tie before the Christmas break. With a number of returnees, a strong squad were confident of turning over the league leaders.

Heath started well, hitting hard in defence and attacking at speed. Si Brown made a clean break before linking up with Jack Bruce but the ball was lost in contact by the returning Jordan Bradbrook. Man of the match, Danny Cole, kicked over and won the race to touch down for an impressive score, converting his own try.

The lively Max Rowntree made the next break before linking with a rampaging Rondene Johnson who continued the attack. Heath's forwards continued to batter the line before Johnson crashed over for a deserved score, D.Cole converted. The home side tried to hit back through their big pack, only to find Richard Dance, Max Dawes, Sam Sharp and Brook Ward not prepared to take a backward step and driving them back. This aggressive defence forced Moortown to rely on their ten's big boot to get them in good positions. Rowntree, Bradbrook, Harry Granger, and Phil Cadogen made long breaks but the final pass or attacking decision saw the moves come to nothing. Undeterred, Heath continued to apply pressure, D.Cole kept probing with Bruce scoring a brace from close range. Captain Joe Shipman and Mark Puttick lead by example all game, with subs Jonny Cole, Oli Burbidge, and Matthew Wilkinson continuing the good work and adding fresh legs. Half time 0-24.

The visitors knew Moortown would come back at them but confidence was high amongst the squad. Phil Cadogen made way for Zak Thomson. Bradbrook made a break with Thomson carrying it on but possession was lost. Heath scored the next try, great hands from right to left saw Granger release Puttick who scampered down the wing and slid in for a great score. Moortown hit back with their best period of attack, after a number of failed attempts, they crashed over for a converted try. This continued for the next ten minutes with Heath's defence, lead by J.Cole, Ward and Shipman standing strong. Rowntree and D.Cole showing great strength and composure when dealing with kicks through.

Heath finished strongly, Brown and Bruce both finding space before D.Cole kicked wide for the unmarked Thomson to collect and scamper over, D.Cole converted. Thomson doubled his tally, taking the last pass from Brown to sprint clear for an impressive converted try.

Full time 7-43.

This was a great response against a well organised side. This exciting squad will continue to grow and improve with Yarnbury the visitors to North Dean next Saturday.



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