Match Report: Sunday 16 September 2012

Reported by Tim Pollard
FINAL SCORE: West Park Leeds 19 vs Heath RUFC 21

Well fought away win for the Snr Colts.

The second league game of the season saw Heath travel to Leeds, playing West Park, on a windy afternoon with a very much-weakened squad. Heath had lost Hinchliffe and Crabtree to injury and Pollard, Hare, Birkett and Foxton to a school trip.

The team had an usual look with Jordan Moana moving into the front row, Ben Crabtree into the back row, Luke Matthews playing at scrum half and Jack Sheldrake been given the job of orchestrating things at 10.

West Park set off down the slope and were a well-drilled, solid unit. The opening 15 minutes saw them retaining the majority of the ball and playing open rugby, which was impressive to the eye. It was not long before they scored an equally impressive try via their centre, who raced clear after some woeful attempts at tackling, conversion kicked, West Park took a deserved 7 - 0 lead.

This seemed to have the effect needed and Heath started to find their feet, with Kofi Brobbey playing at blindside making some great yardage from strong runs, this allowed the forwards to build a platform and the ball was spun out to the backs with Ben Coney Critchley scoring, after quick hands from Lewis McKenzie and Max Sheldrake successful with the conversion, 7 all.

Heath now seemed to move up a gear and it was not long before the powerhouse Moana broke the defence and sprinted clear to score his first try for the club, Sheldrake again successful.

Half Time and Heath now had the advantage of the slope but the wind had picked up considerably and this was aiding West Park pin heath in their own 22. The Heath pack were now winning most ball, Ron Dene impressive again and Ben Crabtree tireless in the loose. Brambles and Marsden were winning their lineouts and causing trouble at any chance.

It was then a disappointing try that allowed West Park to level the scores - when Heath called the next play but the hosts heard it, read it and scored an interception try under the posts. 14 all.

Heath were not to be beaten though and the hard working, impressive James Wilkinson capitalized on some hard work from the whole pack, who were now looking in control, with their driving mauls and strong running, to allow him to score. Sheldrake was again successful with the extras, moving the Heath lead on to 21- 14.

West Park tested Heath’s defence for the last 15 minutes and debutant Jack Ledgard cleared the lines with his kicking game. Though, the hosts scored out wide late on and Heath were happy to hear the final whistle for a tough fought 21- 19 victory.

Next week sees Heath take on West Park in the return fixture and Coach Giles Hetherington will be happy to have a full squad to choose from. Kick Off 1.00 pm at the Heath.



HEATH RUFC MATCH STATISTICS
Tries 3 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 3 Attendance 75