Durham U16M victorious away to Yorkshire
Durham U16M took on Yorkshire away at Keighley RFC where they reigned victorious with a score line of 22-18.
At the impressive facility, the Yorkshire hosts settled quickly and pounced upon Durham mistakes to take a lead by two unconverted tries.
But, with the costly wake up call, Durham started to exert pressure and the forward domination in the scrums and lineouts started to create chances, one of which was finished superbly by Matthew Ward.
Trailing by one, this changed the dynamic and momentum as Durham piled on the pressure. But, to Yorkshires credit, their defence stood firm and from a quick break away, the Yorkshire winger chipped the ball over the defence to score an excellent try to lead 15-5 at the half time break.
Back from the break, the visitors came out with a calm yet determined attitude. Marking his name on the board for a second time was Ward following great hands seeing him over the hosts try line.
Making a short return, Yorkshire extended the lead with a penalty sailing through the posts to lead before a penalty at the scrum lead to a try from Sam Berry to trail 18-15.
Durham sealed the win with five minutes on the clock as a break through the centre from Charlie Bourne set up Max Rafferty to score a try, converted by Harry Leyland to make the final whistle go with a score of 22-18 to the Durham visitors.
Nigel Aucott, Lead U16s forward Coach, commented on the game saying; “Today was an absolutely cracking win for the lads.
“For me, what we take away from today is resilience – even when we went two tries down, the lads did not let it affect their performance and looked like the stronger team finishing the game.”
While programme leader, David Hill said, “Pride does not cover it today, it was an awesome performance from everyone, on and off the field!”
The final and re-arranged fixture against Cumbria will take place on Sunday, Feb 25 at Penrith RFC.