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Old Rishworthians 39 - 3 Modernians Rishworthians open up a two point gap at top of Yorkshire 4
Match Preview Friday 28th November
Rishworthians hope to carry on where they left off when they entertain Old Modernians for the second time in seven days. The latest meeting is a Yorkshire Four league game following on from last week's 8 - 3 fourth round win at Copley in the EDF Junior Vase. While the visitors expect to be missing players, Rishworthians welcome back into the squad player-coach Jamie Bloem and No8 James Clarke, who both missed last week's game. Even so, Rishworthians can expect a tough game and must not take anything for granted if they want to consolidate their lead at the top of the division, against a Leeds side who also have promotion hopes

After their cup victory last week, Rishworthians have been drawn at home to Yorkshire Three side Goole in the fifth round. The two clubs met in an early pre-season trial at Copley, with players swapping continually in four 20-minute sessions. But when both sides had their strongest selections on the field, there was little to choose between them.


Match report Saturday 29th November Yorkshire 4
Rishworthians scored the fastest try ever seen at Copley. Within 15 seconds they were leading without any opposing player laying a finger on the ball. Flanker Tom Clough caught the ball from the kick-off and set off leaving would-be tacklers in his wake. He passed to the speeding Aaron Canning, who took the break further before slipping the ball to player-coach Jamie Bloem to touch down, Bloem converting his own try.

It seemed then as if the floodgates might open, but it was not until the second half that Rishworthians took charge and registered a convincing win to leave them two points clear at the top of Yorkshire Four, with a game in hand over their nearest rivals. It was the second meeting between the two sides in a week. The first had been a close fought cup encounter just won by Rishworthians. But with Mods missing several players this time, the Copley men were always favourite, even though Canning and Bloem exchanged their usual roles.

After the opening try, they had nearly 20 minutes of constant possession, but could only manage a Bloem. penalty to add to the score. They began to look complacent, however, and started to give away too many penalties. Mods reduced the arrears with a successful kick and the home side were forced into desperate defence and found themselves virtually hanging on until the break.

Half time Rishworthians 10 - 3 Modernians

It all changed in the second half, with man of the match Canning dictating things at stand-off, and the telling introduction of James Clarke at No8. He was quickly into the action, picking up at a scrum near the visitors' line. He passed the ball to scrum half Gary Morris, who put left wing Joe Billing in at the corner.

It was the spur Rishworthians needed and they dominated the rest of the game, running in a further four tries. The first came from a barging run by Bloem and a quickly recycled ball to Clarke, who was unstoppable from a few yards out. Bloem added the conversion.

Canning, got a richly deserved try, intercepting and racing 50 yards to score, with Bloem again converting. Clarke was denied after a strong run, but there was no stopping him seconds later from a quickly taken penalty.

The last score was the best. Canning and Bloem linked well and the ball was taken on by lock Chris Fox and prop Richard Turner. It went to Clough, who made a half-break and slipped the ball to centre Chris Flanagan, who burst through and ran on for a fine try in the corner.

Full time Rishworthians 39 - 3 Modernians

Man of the Match Aaron Canning


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