Pete at the tre­ble to Swat York­shire

The Rugby Paper - - Bill Beaumont Cup - ■ By BEN PICKIN

PETE Swatkins scored a se­cond half hat-trick to in­spire York­shire to a tight vic­tory over Northum­ber­land.

York­shire trailed af­ter just seven min­utes, but fought back to draw level at half-time and then Swatkins en­sured the vis­i­tors pulled away in the se­cond half.

Northum­ber­land got off to a quick start and raced into a 7-0 lead with Aedan Moloney go­ing over af­ter just four min­utes fol­low­ing sloppy York­shire play in the mid­dle of the pitch – as he cap­i­talised and the score was con­verted by Will Muir.

Muir then went over for a try of his own af­ter a York­shire missed tackle al­lowed him to break free and he duly con­verted to make the score 14-0.

The York­shire fight­back then be­gan, with Har­ro­gate’s Lewis Minikin latch­ing onto a grub­ber kick from Cal­lum Irvine to score.

No.8 Rob Bald­win was pushed over for a se­cond vis­it­ing try af­ter just 18 min­utes and Si­mon Frewin then crossed to make it 17-17 at the break.

York­shire ran away with it in the se­cond half thanks to some slick han­dling and pass­ing al­low­ing Swatkins to run in three tries into the cor­ner and move York­shire clear – Moloney did go over for his se­cond for Northum­ber­land but it was too lit­tle, too late.

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