Lack of fin­ish­ing power again leaves Greens lament­ing for­tunes at Rec­tory Field

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - Sport rugbyunion -

A YEAR ago at the Rec­tory Field, Wharfedale were de­nied vic­tory when a fi­nal-minute con­ver­sion hit the up­rgight.

On Satur­day, the Greens had to be con­tent yet again with only a los­ing bonus point af­ter a late rally just failed to wres­tle the game back from the home side.

Had the Greens cap­i­talised more clin­i­cally on their fine creative first-half play they might well have sealed the match them­selves by half-time. But a se­ries of ex­cel­lent line breaks ei­ther lacked close enough sup­port or failed through a poor fi­nal pass.

In­stead, it was Black­heath who led 20-9 at the break with three well-taken tries to none with the Greens gar­ner­ing only a trio of penal­ties from Tom Bar­rett for their time spent ham­mer­ing away at the home line.

No 8 James Catt col­lected the open­ing try af­ter a pick-up from the back of a five-yard scrum and it was con­verted by Adam Armstrong. He was the in­sti­ga­tor of the sec­ond as well when he freed winger Richard Bright on a blind-side fin­ish again from an­other close scrum.

These scores clearly un­der­lined the pri­mary set-piece strength of the Black­heath game. With Wharfedale once more on the at­tack, a pass re­bounded into Bright’s path, al­low­ing him to hack clear and chase for a 70-yard break­away score.

Wharfedale made light of a yel­low card to scrum-half Phil Wood­head and a string of in­juries, but the sec­ond half looked to be be­long­ing to the home side as they tight­ened their game and added a bonus point try by scrum-half Jack Walsh to lead 27-12 on the hour.

But a stir­ring fi­nal rally by Wharfedale pro­duced tries first for Bar­rett fol­low­ing a neat col­lec­tion of his own chip for­ward and then Dan Solomi with a trade­mark burst from the ruck and scut­tle for the line.

It was enough to force Black­heath to weather a ner­vous fin­ish but not de­prive them of a hard-earned win.

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