DESPITE it being Dewsbury Moor U13s girls’ first-ever game, they were unfortunate not to get the win as they just lost out 22-16 to a more experienced and physical East Leeds.
With nerves running high Dewsbury won the toss and elected to play downfield for the first half.
The kick was deep but well collected by Caitlin Beevers who ran it back, making good yards up the centre of the field.
The East Leeds side managed to defend the first set, keeping Moor pinned in their own half until Beevers scooted then chipped a well-placed ball over the top of the defence, regathered it and scored out wide to give Dewsbury the lead.
East Leeds soon hit back, capitalising on errors made by the Moor team and despite good tackling from Maariya Hussain and Aimee Hewitt, the visitors scored between the posts and converted to take a 6-4 lead.
Great running from Sian Diskin, Abigail Harrison and Amy Newsome gained Moor valuable yards in the East Leeds half and a offload from Brooke Chesworth set Beevers up for her second try, weaving through the Leeds defence to score beneath the posts making it easy for her to convert her own try.
The next 10 minutes were filled with end-to-end rugby with neither team managing to complete a set, but it was the bigger Leeds team who ran in two more unconverted tries before half time, to go into the interval 14-10 in front.
The second half continued much like the first, and when East Leeds were awarded a penalty for a high tackle only metres from the tryline, Moor couldn’t stop the big East Leeds forward from ploughing over underneath the sticks.
The away side missed the conversion to still give Moor hope of a win.
Three successive penalties from East Leeds gave Dewsbury perfect field position to start a new attack, and after several attempts to power over the line, the opposition’s player of the match Beevers scooted over to complete her hat-trick.
She also converted to close the gap to just four points.
Within the last five minutes Moor were forced back over their line, resulting in a goal line dropout. Beevers led the chase but was deemed to have tackled the East Leeds player in the air when challenging for the ball.
A penalty was awarded and the big Leeds pack again took advantage to score their fifth and final try. Once again the conversion went wide and the final score at the whistle was 22-16 to the visitors.
Next-up for the Moor girls is a game against local rivals Shaw Cross Sharks on Sunday June 7. The team would like to thank sponsors Set 3 and Wilkinson Bros scrap metal merchants for their support.