Lan­cashire win Roses clash

The Scarborough News - - Uk And International -

YORK­SHIRE matched a wellor­gan­ised Lan­cashire side for the first 40 min­utes of a hugely en­ter­tain­ing county cham­pi­onship fix­ture in front of a record turnout of 2,023 at Scar­bor­ough RUFC’S Sil­ver Royd HQ turn­ing round on level terms at 21-21.

How­ever af­ter the break the vis­i­tors cut loose run­ning in five sec­ond half tries to con­tinue their un­beaten run in this year’s com­pe­ti­tion.

The Lan­cashire pack bossed the open­ing for­ward ex­changes and drove deep into York­shire ter­ri­tory; how­ever the Tykes scram­bling de­fence coped and hav­ing cleared their lines took the game to the vis­i­tors.

A su­perb bul­lock­ing run from diminu­tive open side flanker Dan Solomi took the game deep into red rose ter­ri­tory set­ting up his fly-half Tom Bar­rett who chipped over a flat de­fence, gath­ered a kindly bounce and scored be­tween the up­rights. The York­shire num­ber ten added the ex­tras for a 7-0 lead in the eighth minute.

The York­shire lead was short lived how­ever and when Lancs cen­tre Chris Bri­ers made a su­perb break from mid­field, scrum-half Ryan de la Harpe was on hand to re­lease fly-half Chris John­son who gal­loped over and con­verted his own ef­fort to level the scores in the 11th minute.

Lan­cashire had the lion’s share of pos­ses­sion thanks to their hard work­ing pack and only some great York­shire de­fend­ing kept them at bay but when No eight Do­minic Moon al­most drove over from an at­tack­ing li­ne­out in the 26th minute the ball was re­cy­cled and open-side flanker Evan Ste­wart barged over.

John­son con­verted for 14-7. Lan­cashire looked dan­ger­ous ev­ery time they were in pos­ses­sion par­tic­u­larly in the backs and it was no sur­prised when turbo charged left wing Oliver Bren­nand from Fylde out­paced the York­shire de­fence to score wide on the left. John­son’s touch­line con­ver­sion stretched the lead to 21-7 in the 35th minute.

A late flurry of scor­ing from York­shire saw first cen­tre Steve Hamil­ton then right wing Steve Broadley cross in the 38th and 40th min­utes re­spec­tively. Bar­rett con­verted both to level the score 2121 at the break.

Lan­cashire took con­trol from the re-start and with clean ball pro­duced by their pack; fly-half John­son was tak­ing on the York­shire back row with rel­ish.

The pow­er­ful num­ber 10 shrugged off a cou­ple on tack­les in the 50th minute, dou­ble sidestepped two de­fend­ers and re­leased Bren­nand to scam­per down the left touch­line, out­pace the pedes­trian Yorks de­fence and score in the corner. John­son added the con­ver­sion for 28-21.

York­shire stuck gamely to their task and did win a cou­ple of penal­ties in the vis­i­tor’s half to no avail be­fore Lan­cashire cut loose run­ning in three tries with­out re­ply in 12 min­utes; Stew­ard cross­ing un­con­verted in the 56th minute be­fore Bren­nand added his third and fourth touch­downs in the 60th and 68th min­utes. John­son con­verted both to put the game be­yond Yor­shire’s reach at 47-21.

With ten tries al­ready scored the big Sil­ver Royd crowd would I’m sure have been sat­is­fied with that; how­ever a mar­vel­lous af­ter­noon’s rugby was rounded of in style when York­shire’s man-of-the-match Dan Solomi of Wharfedale lifted the York­shire fans with a great in­di­vid­ual ef­fort in the 71st minute. Bar­rett re­duced the ar­rears at 54-28 with his con­ver­sion.

Hud­der­s­field’s Chris John­son, the Lan­cashire man-of-the match rounded off a great per­sonal per­for­mance with a try which he con­verted him­self five min­utes later be­fore Ot­ley’s Chris­tian Ge­or­giou at full­back had the final word for York­shire cross­ing in in­jury time to cut the deficit to 21 points as the vis­i­tors ran out well de­served 54-33 win­ners.

In the end Lan­cashire had too much strength and pace for a hard work­ing York­shire side which still man­aged to score five tries in de­feat.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing day for the Tykes but a triumph of or­ga­ni­za­tion and at­ten­tion to de­tail for their hosts Scar­bor­ough RUFC. ly­ork­shire: Ge­or­giou Broadley Dench (capt) Hamil­ton Wil­son Bar­rett White Har­ris Han­han Hooper Hayter Kench Jones Solomi Paul l Lan­cashire: Armstrong Soutar Bri­ers Kenyon Bren­nand John­son De La Harpe Bir­chal Loney Mor­ton Mcgowan (capt) Fer­gu­son Rawl­ings Ste­wart Moon l Scar­bor­ough Evening News man-of-the-match: Chris John­son

LOOK­ING FOR THE LINE ... A York­shire player gets ready to move the ball on (above 121958f) in front of a bumper 2,023 crowd at Sil­ver Royd (right 121958b)

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