Confident Moorenders ease past derby rivals

Confident Moorenders ease past derby rivals

CLECKHEATON RUFC ran in another seven tries to beat Morley 44-24 in a great derby.

The Moorenders hosted their first pre-match luncheon of the season with over a 100 guests being fed and watered. The diners added to the sizeable crowd gathered for the eagerly-anticipated renewal of the league rivalry between Cleckheaton and their near neighbours.

Cleck, who put 10 tries past Stockport the previous week, were first on the board through Ross Hayden in what would become a hat-trick, Ronan Evans converting from the right-hand touchline.

Evans then added a penalty before an interception led to a try for Morley’s Richard Knowles but Cleckheaton hit straight back, with Neil Chivers crossing the whitewash from the back of a ruck and then Hayden finished off a flowing backs move by squeezing in again in the right-hand corner.

Neither try was converted but Cleckheaton held a 20-5 lead at the break.

Morley trailed by a similar score at half-time the previous week against Ilkley but then mounted a spirited comeback.

But Cleckheaton were too strong and extended their lead when captain Richard Piper picked up from the back of a five-metre scrum and proved unstoppable.

Tom Austin's try from the back of a line-out then put Cleckheaton into a 32-5 lead with Evans’ conversion.

Morley were down but not out, however, and scored two tries in quick succession, but then Hayden countered with a kick into the in-goal area which he dived on for his hat-trick.

Austin ran in his second, and Cleckheaton's seventh, when Neil Chivers fed him a nicely-timed ball in acres of space.

Morley kept trying to the end and were rewarded with the consolation of a bonus point try on 80 minutes from Hayden Bayliss but it was Cleckheaton's day, and a masterful performance netted them five points and third place in the early league table.

Cleckheaton’s performance was again top drawer for the majority of the match and the win puts them in third place in National Three North at this early stage of the season.

Tomorrow (Sat) Ilkley are the visitors to Moorend. When the two teams last played in February Cleckheaton ran out winners 17-13 and a keenly-contested game is expected.

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