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Heath RUFC (62) vs Selby RUFC (0)
Saturday 4 February 2023
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Another strong side and another impressive victory

Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 4 February 2023


Johnson, Puttick, Heron, Boussaada, Downsborough, Haigh, Sharp, Ward, Rowntree, Cartwright, Thomson, Webb, Bruce, Sutcliffe, Cadogen.
Subs: Wilkinson, Burbidge, Dance, & Horner.


Tries: Boussaada (3), Bruce (3), Thomson, Rowntree, Sutcliffe, & Cadogen.
Cons: Cartwright (6).



Heath dominated the game from the off with Saif Boussaada and Carter Haigh carrying hard and punching holes. Jack Bruce made a half break then Boussaada, fed by Max Rowntree, charged through a number of defenders before bouncing off the fullback for a great score, Eddie Cartwright converted.

Boussaada scored his second, backing up a Bruce break and taking the final pass for a converted try.

Selby hit back with their best spell; their robust centre made a long break before been felled 20 metres out. Sam Sharp, Rondene Johnson and man of the match Brook Ward defended superbly before Phil Cadogen collected and Heath were able to clear their lines. With Cartwright pulling the strings, Heath’s backline was starting to have more success, allowing Gaz Webb to cause problems with his running and distribution. The next try started on the half way, Ben ‘The Physio’ Sutcliffe made the initial break up the middle before linking with Webb, Bruce took the next pass and sent Zak Thomson in at the corner, Cartwright converted.

After prolonged pressure on the Selby line, Mark ‘The Enforcer’ Puttick and Ian Downsborough went close, Rowntree spotted a gap and crashed through two would be defenders for a converted try. The impressive Haigh was replaced by Sam Horner who continues to improve every week, carrying hard and tough in defence. After an altercation on the floor, Puttick and Selby’s centre were both sin binned.

Boussaada completed a first half hatrick, snapping up the ball and twisting over, Cartwright converted. Half time 35-0.

Heath had played a near perfect 40 minutes and were tasked with been even more clinical in the second half. Richard Dance replaced Boussaada and Olly Burbidge came on for Johnson.

Burbidge was straight into the action, charging through on a number of occasions. Cartwright broke from deep before the ball was spun out to Bruce to score from a great Webb pass, Cartwright converted. Sutcliffe finished well after another pass from Webb, getting the ball out under pressure. Matthew Wilkinson replaced the injured Sharp, making a great break with his first touch, Rowntree fed Cartwright who kicked cross field for Bruce to gather and score. Bruce completed his hatrick and scored his 20th try of the season, Webb released him on the half way and he streaked clear for a great score.

The tenth and final try came from a scrum inside Heath’s half, Ward picked and fed Rowntree who timed his pass to Cadogen who ran clear to score. The referee and a dejected Selby side agreed to finish the game early. Full time 62-0.

This was an excellent performance, with the whole squad in great form and scoring some brilliant tries. UTH 👊


And finally:

There is some more good news.  Heath were lucky to receive the services of Sports' Photographer, Gareth Lyons, who took a day off from providing coverage of Sale, to visit our game.

Some of his photos are aside.  More can be seen here.

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George, Max & Rondene
Eddie Cartwright
Saif Boussaada



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