Match Report: Sunday 24 September 2017

Reported by Stuart Verry
FINAL SCORE: Otley RUFC 45 vs Heath RUFC 0

Sadly out of Yorks Cup in First Round.

Heath U15’s vs Otley (Yorkshire Cup)

Having assembled a full team too late into last season to enter the competition, Heath U15’s first venture into the Yorkshire Cup saw them draw last year’s narrowly defeated finalists.

Away at Cross Green, Heath came up against a well drilled home side intent on carrying on where they left off at the end of last season.  The visitors welcomed new recruit Callum Pickett into the front row alongside Ben Kershaw and Jack Mollet.  Harry Stevens returned at Centre, George Barton at halfback with Owen Simpson dropping back to Fullback.

The home side ran the ball at every opportunity and their pace in the threequarters saw them score regularly throughout the first half.  With coach Jordan Bradbrook only having one available reserve to use at half time, the Heath side had to dig deep as the home side continued in the same manner after the break.

Having to defend for much of the match there were pockets of good work and application, especially on defence. Sam McIntyre jumping high to take an oppositions Beauden Barrett style kick pass to halt a certain try, and George Barton sizing up and driving into touch the home sides Prop were two to note.

A good spell late in the second half saw Heath compete well in both defence and attack and should demonstrate to themselves that they are capable of competing against good sides.  The experience gained from competing against one of the top sides in the competition will only be beneficial as they enter the first round of Yorkshire Shield next week. 


Heath    0 – 45   Otley


Starting XV

1 Callum Pickett                               

2 Ben Kershaw 

3 Jack Mollet

4 Toby Laurie                                    

5 Lewis Dow

6 Finlay Verry                                    

7 Nathan Baldwyn

8 Ed Vickers                       

9 George Barton                              

10 Ben Gianotti (c)                          

11 Sam McIntyre             

12 Dillon Hilton                                                 

13 Harry Stevens

14 Seb Wood-Ives

15 Owen Simpson           



Jake Tyson                         



Tries 0 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 0 Attendance 100
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