Cheshire 72, Yorkshire 22; an unbelievable score line and to quote that overused cliché a game of two halves. The try scorers were Broghan Wilson 6, Joe Dowdswell 1, Josh Davies 1, Jake Davies 2, Gabrial Johnson-Aley 1, Sorrell Cowen 1. From the 12 conversion attempt 6 were converted.
Cheshire kicked off and immediately pressed Yorkshire to disorientate their defense which led to Cheshire winning a ruck ball, the ensuing pass went to Solomon Neil who put a grubber through the defensive gap only to be deflected back to Joe Thomason who then passed to Josh Davies to put in a great kick to secure position on the Yorkshire 22m line. From here Yorkshire re-group and pushed Cheshire back to just outside their 22. Cheshire then won possession and moved play quickly forward only to be punished for some sloppy play which resulted in the Yorkshire winger Harry Boyd gathering the ball and sprinting 50 meters to score the first try of the day, the try was unconverted, 5 – nil to Yorkshire.
Cheshire took up the challenge and within minutes scored through Broghan Wilson in the corner, Josh Davies converted, a great kick, 7 – 5 to Cheshire.
Cheshire exerted their authority and it wasn’t long before Broghan Wilson intercepted a pass to score his second try, Davies converted; 14-5 in favour of Cheshire. At this stage Cheshire took their foot off the pedal and relaxed with some loose place which cost them dearly. Again, Yorkshire reacted quickly and took advantage of a lapsed Cheshire defense putting number 14 Harry Boyd in for his second try after an incredible sprint to the line. It was obvious at this stage that Boyd was the key to Yorkshires attacking strategy with his searing pace.
The first half of this game was exhilarating backwards and forwards into each others half. Yorkshire kicked up a gear to take the lead 17 – 14. Then, 25 minutes into the first half Cheshire re-took the lead 19-17. Once again Cheshire relaxed and were punished when the Yorkshires right wing Boyd score his third try 22-19 to Yorkshire. But the half wasn’t over yet Cheshire came back with more determination than previously displayed by pressurizing Yorkshire and gaining a 22 lineout. Cheshire proceeded to go forward which resulted in a ruck 5 meters out from the Yorkshire try line and 10 meters from to the uprights, a penalty was award to Cheshire which resulted in Josh Dowdswell going over for a converted try, 26-22. Yorkshire restarted with minutes to go before half-time Cheshire gathered and hastily made inroad into the now disheveled Yorkshire defense to allow Jake Davies score just before the end of the first half, 31-22.
The first half of this game was extremely exciting both team giving full commitment to create a rugby spectacle. The second half of this game took on a completely different form. Cheshire came out for the second half fired up with renewed determination and from the kick off stepped up their game by a couple of gears. Yorkshire on the other hand appeared to have run out of steam. Yorkshire lost their desire and with it their continuity of play. As you can seen from the resulting score line Cheshire ran away with the second half of the game playing fifteen man rugby keeping the ball away from the contact areas of play thereby running Yorkshire ragged. To be honest, to see a Yorkshire team collapse in this way is extremely surprising because it’s not in their psyche to, basically, capitulate the way they did. I must mention, that notable players for Yorkshire were, Ben Carlisle, Loosehead prop, Michael Plunkett, hooker, Sam Pocklington, scrum half, Harry Davey fly half, Harry Boyd, wing and Charlie Rae, full back.
For Cheshire and its supporter it was certainly a most memorable day with the sun shining down on the beautiful village of Giggleswick. I would like to take this moment to extend a sincere thank you to all parents for their undivided support that they have given to their sons in giving them the opportunity to experience this level of rugby in such an important academic year. I should like to extend my best wishes to all the Cheshire under 16’s squad on their success this short season and hope this success can be extended into your academic studies. Also a big thank you to the coaches Dave Connolly and Iain Taylor for all their hard work this season.