Co­p­ley pitch un­der scru­tiny ahead of lead­ers’ visit

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Old Rish­wor­thi­ans have a sched­uled home York­shire Two game against league lead­ers West Leeds and hope they can play at Co­p­ley for the first time since the Christ­mas floods.

It is still not cer­tain, how­ever, and there will be a late in­spec­tion to de­cide, but wher­ever they play they are aim­ing to con­tinue the mo­men­tum which saw them­record an ex­cel­lent away win last week at Round­he­gians.

They lost 34-17 at West Leeds in Oc­to­ber and in the home fix­ture last sea­son they­lost 30-34 in a closely fought match.

They have been forced into two changes for the game. Lock Cal­lum He­sel­tine is away and teenage back Sam Nunn is out through an in­jury suf­fered in the un­der-17s’ York­shire Cup loss at the week­end.

Their ab­sence is off­set by the re­turn of Nick Faulkner to the pack and cen­tre TanielaBakoso to the backs.

There will also be late fit- ness tests for flanker Ger­ard Rollings and prop Phil Ker­shaw.

Rishies notched their se­cond league dou­ble of the sea­son and a first win at Round­he­gians for many years with a 19-11 suc­cess last Satur­day.

They did it with some ex­cel­lent in­tel­li­gent rugby, com­ing from be­hind to score 19 unan­swered points and dom­i­nate the se­cond half.

De­lighted player- coach Chris Stone said: “We did what we said we would, starv­ing them of pos­ses­sion and play­ing in the right places.”

They started badly and two penal­ties left them six points be­hind. A long pass then caught them out and led to an un­con­verted try in the cor­ner.

Sud­denly the vis­i­tors started to win pos­ses­sion and stand- off Josh Kelly made a su­perb 40-yard break. Al­though No 8 James Clarke was stopped just short, winger An­thony Shoe­smith crossed in the cor­ner.

A good link­ing pass from Stone al­most put Rollings through, but it brought a penalty and Kelly made it 11-8.

Af­ter the break it was all Rish­wor­thi­ans, with Kelly to the fore.

Clarke, Shoe­smith, Rollings and Nunn com­bined in a fine break be­fore Kelly’s cross kick al­most put re­place­ment winger Rhys Town in on the right. But play was brought back for a penalty and Kelly lev­elled the scores.

Soon af­ter Kelly put Rishies ahead with a fine long range ef­fort and from then on they never looked like con­ced­ing.

Even though they lost Rollings with a se­ri­ous leg in­jury, their mo­men­tum never stopped.

A quick tap penalty by scrum half Gary Mor­ris took them back into the home 22. Great work at the ruck by teenage flanker Har­vey Keigh­leyPayne re­gained pos­ses­sion and Mor­ris put a kick over for Shoe­smith to run on to and touch down in the cor­ner.

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