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Old Rishworthians 46 - 5 Leeds Corinthians 8 try haul gives Rishworthians back to back League Titles
Match Preview Friday 3rd April
Rishworthians can clinch the Yorkshire Four title with a home victory over lowly Leeds Corinthians in a match sponsored by Highland Spring. It will mean the Copley men will achieve back to back promotions for the first time in their history. They have three games in which to be champions and the only club which can overhaul them is second-placed Bramley Phoenix, but Rishworthians have a game in hand over the Leeds outfit.

The team shows five changes from the starting line-up in last week's disappointing defeat at Old Modernians. Andrew Morgan returns at fullback after duties with the Royal Marines in the Mediterranean and Joe Billing switches to the left wing. David Morris returns from injury at hooker and Simon Edmundson moves to tight head instead of Richard Turner who is unavailable. James Clarke and Tom Clough return to the back row after unavailability and injury. A draw will be sufficient to ensure that Rishworthians are promoted as champions to Yorkshire 3 and the director of rugby Jamie Bloem and forwards coach John Clough are pleased to see the improvement in the side, with very few additions.


Match report Saturday 4th April Yorkshire 4
Old Rishworthians defeated Leed Corinthians by 46 -5 to win Yorkshire 4 and achieve back to back promotions with still two games to play. The team scored 8 tries, all by the threequarters, including a hat trick by substitute Lee Atkinson in the last 10 minutes of the game.

The game was sponsored by Highland Spring and a large crowd watched this entertaining game played with a breeze blowing from the clubhouse end. If the forwards did not get on the score sheet, they certainly provided the quality possession which has been missing for the last few matches. Ben Robinson had a storming game in the lineout and the loose and he and Anthony Oxley have been consistent all season, both playing in their first year of senior rugby after success with the Under 17`s. The front row, with Dave Morris returning after injury, were on top from the first scrum and took 4 strikes against the head. Simon Edmundson and Wes Aldridge ensured that the scrum was solid throughout the game.

James Clarke, at No. 8 was involved in some fine attacking runs and created an excellent link with Gary Morris at scrum half. Aaron Canning at fly half controlled the game and his decision making was key to the first try scored in the corner after 10 minutes by Chris Flanagan. Minutes later Rishworthians extended their lead. From a forward drive the ball was released down the back line for wing Nick Faulkner to score in the corner.

From a tap penalty Canning scored a well worked try combining with Clarke and full back Andrew Morgan. Canning adding the conversion. Leeds Corinthians although playing with the strong breeze in the 1st half could not win any quality possession and the Copley men continued to keep the ball in hand, however there was no further score and at half time it was 17-0.

Half time Rishworthians 17 - 0 Leeds Corinthians

Leeds Corinthians started to win more ball in the second half and after 12 minutes Wilkinson scored a try in the corner.This kick started Old Rishworthians and from a scrum on the visitors 22 Morris broke wide and passed to Joe Billing who cut inside two defenders and scored a try near the posts which was converted by Canning.

Both wings had been patiently waiting for the ball and from a switch of play and a clever overhead pass by Clarke, Fraser Davidson beat the cover tackles and released winger Nick Faulkner to score his second try wide out.

The best passage of play was yet to come. Lee Atkinson replaced Faulkner on the wing and Canning made a lovely break on the Rishworthians touch line and passed to Atkinson who ran 40 metres to score wide out. If that was not enough minutes later Atkinson was on hand to receive another pass and sprint for the line. With full time approaching Atkinson received another well timed pass run in under the posts and completed his hat trick in a 10 minute spell. The try was converted by Rollings

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This has been an exceptional season and the players and coaches, Jamie Bloem and John Clough are to be congratulated in achieving back to back promotions.The man of the match was awarded to Aaron Canning.

Full time Rishworthians 46 - 5 Leeds Corinthians


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