Durham U16s contained the Yorkshire pressure to win by two points
Durham v Yorkshire U16s: Team huddle
Durham U16s pulled back a 7-5 victory in their last game of the season against a pressuring Yorkshire side.
Yorkshire opened brightly performing quick on the front foot making room into Durham’s territory early on.
The visitors pinned the hosts back with direct running and support play, however, several try scoring opportunities were snubbed as Durham competed well at the set piece.
Durham U16s: Line out
With pressing efforts, Yorkshire were first on the score board after 15 minutes, positive interplay from the forwards sent Yorkshire’s Callum Hancock over the line for an unconverted try.
Durham began to hold the threat and started attacking forward and utilising their threats in the back line.
Entering the second half, it was soon apparent that Durham were having their turn at being the dominant side. The hosts pitched up in the Yorkshire 22, forcing the visitors into nervous amounts of defending.
After missing out on two tries due to Yorkshire planting themselves under the ball on the try line, the constant pressure finally came good with Max Pepper temporarily levelling the score before Joe Ross pushed the hosts in front with the conversion to lead 7-5.
Durham U16s V Yorkshire U16s
Visiting with the Yorkshire team, Kevin Davey said: “The game was played in an excellent spirit and was skilfully officiated by the referee and his assistants.
“Our lads can be proud of their efforts today. For many this was the biggest game of their rugby careers to date. There were eye catching performances from several players and some great reference points for the coaches to work on.
“With regards to the Durham U16s they had a number of players who stood up, with our special mention going to the full-back for his running lines, footwork and willingness to ‘play’ outstanding.”
For man of the match it was Durham’s Matthew Price that stood out on the whole for an ‘outstanding performance’.
Tackle: Yorkshire on Durham U16s
Both teams thanked Ryton RFC for their tremendous efforts and hosting facilities for the match. A great number of parents and supporters lined the side of the pitch to positively support what was a great performance from both teams.
Phil lax, Durham County U16s Manager added: “The Durham boys were outstanding and put in a great performance in front of a big crowd.
“Yorkshire have had convincing wins against both Lancashire and Cheshire only conceding three points making it a great game for us to come back and win.”
Team sheets from the game:
1. Ethan Hall
2. Luke Hawkins
3. Charlie Caswell
4. Nick Blowey
5. Shane Ivey
6. Chris West
7. Will Dexter
8. William Elliott
9. Max Pepper
10. Alex Smith
11. Cameron Mather
12. Matthew Price
13. Max Thompson
14. Caleb Ellis
15. Joe Ross
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