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Driffield RUFC (37) vs Heath RUFC (29)
Saturday 18 November 2023
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Nip and tuck. Outstanding game but Hawks pipped at the post

Reporter: Richard Cole
Dated: 18 November 2023


Haigh, Burbidge, Heron, Barham, Ward (c), Dawes, Sharp, Clough, Rowntree, Brook, Firth, Bloem, Bruce, Harriott-Brown, Granger.
Subs: Cadogan & Bloem (snr).



Tries: Harriott-Brown (2), Firth, & Bruce.
Cons: Brook (3).
Pen: Brook.


⭐️Star Player - The Hawks 🦅



Heath Hawks made the long trip to Driffield to take on notoriously strong opposition.

In a frantic start, Heath survived an early scare when ex Heathen, Dan Ramsden dropped the ball over the line. The visitors hit back with the first try, the excellent Jack Bruce stood up his opposite number before timing a superb offload to the supporting Callum Harriott-Brown who danced round the cover to score. Tom Clough carried hard all game and punched holes in the defence, from his offload at a scrum, Adam Brook fed Bruce who arced round the cover to go untouched from 30 metres, Brook converted. Undeterred, Driffield scored immediately after, attacking well from distance. The home team followed this up with their second converted try when their number 8 found space.

Heath were competing superbly in all aspects of the game, Brook Ward, Sam Sharp, Max Dawes, Matt Barham and later Jamie Bloem, all muscling up in defence against bigger opposition. The Hawks finished the half well, led well in defence by Brook and Max Rowntree but neither side could add to their tally. Half time 14-12.

Driffield started brightly and looked to pin the Hawks back. Harry Granger made a superb cover tackle to deny a certain score before being replaced by Phil Cadogan. From deep in their own half, Heath launched an attack, Jordan Bloem linking to release Jake Firth who went on a mazy 70 metre dash before popping the ball up to Harriott-Brown to score his second, Brook converted.

The home side crashed over from close range to restore their lead. However, the Hawks scored another excellent try when Harriott-Brown returned the favour and supplied Firth with the final pass and he finished strongly, Brook converted. Front rowers, George Heron, Oli Burbidge and Carter Haigh continued to battle well at scrum time and carried hard, with Heron covering in defence and smashing the home team's winger into touch.

Driffield dominated possession and territory for the next 10 minutes, taking advantage with two penalty goals and a converted try to open up an 8-point lead. Granger added energy at 9 replacing Rowntree before Bloem (snr) went close to scoring but was felled just short. Brook converted a penalty with 3 minutes left to play and a 5-point deficit. Heath went on the offensive from the kick off, looking to score from deep. Unfortunately, penalised for holding on which Driffield kicked to bring the game to a close. Full time 37-29.

This was an outstanding performance by the whole squad in a game that could have gone either way.

Well done lads - UTHH 👊🦅

Adam Brook
Tom Clough
Sam Sharp
Max Rowntree & Brook Ward
Ollie Burbidge
Cloughie, Matt Barham in support.
Jack Bruce
Jake Firth try (via Bev Clough).



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