Match Report: Saturday 8 November 2014

Reported by Spud
FINAL SCORE: Bradford Salem 22 vs Heath RUFC 22

Heath Turn Down a Win by Going for Points

Heath 2nd XV made the short journey to Shay Lane to take on Bradford Salem 2nd XV in a league game played on a fine but overcast afternoon.

Heath played with the assistance of the slight slope in the first half and started very well. From the kick off, they were on the front foot. Outside half, Marty MOANA, put in a good kick to touch just outside the home 22. Although Salem won the lineout, the clearance kick was fielded by full back, Jacob STOREY who returned the kick with interest finding an excellent touch deep in the home 22. From the lineout, Heath took the ball and it was passed all the way along the backline to the right before being recycled in the tackle and returned to the left where prop, Paddy KERR, used his strength to force his way over for a good try. The conversion was missed by Jacob STOREY. 0 5 after 4 minutes.

Heath continued to pressure the home line for the next 10 minutes with Salem unable to get out of their own half. However, with all of the possession, Heath could not breach the home defence with players holding onto the ball a little too long before finding support.

After 24 minutes, Paddy KERR left the field with a knock to the head to be replaced by Roger HAMMOND. Heath were still dominant but could not add to their tally having opted to kick for touch from a penalty rather than take the easy 3 points. Shortly afterwards, James WHITWORTH was replaced on the wing by Alex GUEST.

After 28 minutes, Salem opened their account with a penalty from in front of the posts on the 22. 3 5. However, within 3 minutes, Heath increased their lead with a well-taken, unconverted try. Second row Darren NEILLY made a good run down the left touchline and when he was tackled, the forwards were in support to recycle the ball and scrum half, Ben DAVIES, passed the ball to Marty MOANSA. The ball was quickly transferred down the backs to the overlapping Jacob STOREY who touched down in the corner. 3 10.

After 33 minutes it looked as if Heath were going to increase their lead with another good, flowing backs move. From a lineout on the home 22, the ball was passed down the line and winger, Alex GUEST, scampered for the line but in his attempt to stretch over the line, he lost possession of the ball and a 5 metres defensive scrum followed from which Salem were able to clear their lines.

After 39 minutes, Salem had a lineout on the Heath 22 metres line. They won the lineout and the outside half found his centre running an excellent inside line. He beat a couple of defenders before placing the ball over the line under the posts for a well taken try converted by the outside half. 10 10.

Shortly afterwards, referee, Laurence PEARSON blew the whistle to bring to an end the first period.

Half time: Salem 10 v 10 Heath.
After 44 minutes, winger Gareth WEBB was sent to the sin bin for killing the ball at a tackle when Salem were 5 metres short of the Heath line. Heath reorganised and defended well in his absence.
After 52 minutes, Ben DAVIES put up a box kick from the Heath 22 and Jacob STOREY showed superb technique when taking the ball in mid-air with 2 Salem opponents up against him. He remained on his feet and made ground before finding the supporting Jordan MOANA who charged forwards before passing to young GUEST on the left wing. He made good ground before being tackled and he was penalised for not releasing at the tackle.

After 54 minutes, with Gareth WEBB waiting to return to the field, the home side moved the ball well and, after a hint of a forward pass, they scored a try which failed to be converted. 15 10.

Gareth WEBB returned at this point and after 60 minutes he put Heath on level terms with a good try in the corner. The forwards did the groundwork in the home 22 and after a number of drives, the ball was released down the line to the right and quick hands brought the ball to the right winger who placed the ball over the line. 15 15.

From the kick off, Salem were awarded a very kickable penalty inside the Heath 22 but somehow the kick was missed and Heath were luckily still on level terms. At this point, Jacob STOREY left the field to be replaced at full back by Gareth WEBB and James WHITWORTH went onto the right wing.

After 66 minutes, Heath camped in the home 22. The pack took the ball forwards and showed very good inter passing skills. After a couple of drives, the ball was passed out and the ball came to Jordan MOANA who scored between the posts and the touchline. Gareth WEBB converted. 15 22.

Heath now appeared to be well in control of proceedings and were dictating matters. On 75 minutes, they had the chance to wrap the game up when they were awarded a penalty just to the side of the posts in the home 22. Unfortunately, a quick tap was taken and the move came to nought when 3 points was beckoning.

In the 79th minute, there was a ruck just inside the Heath half from which a Salem player broke away and he beat a couple of defenders on his run to the line where he scored under the posts. The try was converted. 22 22

Heath just had enough time to kick off. The ball did not go the required 10 metres and the referee then brought proceedings to an end.

Final score: Bradford Salem 2nd XV 22 v 22 Heath 2nd XV.

This was a game which Heath could and should have won but, unfortunately, by not taking the points when they were there to be taken cost them dearly in the end.

Man of the match awards go to full back Jacob STOREY who put in a very assured performance and is growing in effectiveness and confidence with every senior appearance; and, in the forwards, hooker, Anthony DARLING, who was effective in the tight and put in some good tackles and runs in the loose.

Tries 4 Drop Goals 0
Penalty Tries 0 Penalty Goals 0
Conversions 1 Attendance