Super performance rounds off tour

Super performance rounds off tour

THE Heavy Woollen Under 23s touring team put on an exhibition of rugby to brush aside the valiant efforts of the Greek team.

The game was watched by a good number of locals as well as a smattering of Heavy Woollen supporters.

The Yorkshire team featured players from Thornhill Trojans, Dewsbury Celtic, Shaw Cross Sharks, Birstall Victoria, Batley Boys, Dewsbury Moor and Ossett Trinity. 

Under the Athens floodlights, the Heavy Woollen team cut loose in the opening quarter of an hour, using a fine combination of pace and support play to effectively put the result beyond doubt. 

The Greek team steadied and turned this into an interesting encounter. Ultimately the experience and fitness of the Heavy Woollen team ensured the visitors finished the game with a comfortable victory. 

The first try of the game came after three minutes when quick hands from Nathan Waring put Joe Halloran away and over for an unconverted try in the corner.

George Woodcock then came charging into the attacking line to burst through Greek defenders and plant the ball down over the try line before converting his own score.

There was no let-up from the visitors when Aiden Ineson sprinted clear from the halfway line to score a try which Woodcock converted. This was quickly followed by another try when swift handling of the ball put Waring over for a try outwide. Woodcock converted.

After 16 minutes,  the Heavy Woollen team were 22-0 up. The Greek team then began to contain the visitors and put together attacking rugby of their own with their large props testing the Heavy Woollen team. The score remained 22-0 at half-time.

Early in the second half, Owen Lumb made a dash for the try line and finally emerged from a pile of defenders for the try to be awarded. The goal was missed.

Another rampaging run from Woodcock took the Heavy Woollen team forward and George Croisdale proved unstoppable to score. Woodcock converted.

The next try came after the ball took a very unfortunate rebound off Josh Scrutton. As Scrutton laid on the floor clutching himself in agony, Ben Ripley latched on to the rebound and scored an unconverted try.

Matthew Goodwill then scored a try when he backed up a break which covered over half the length of the field.

By now the Greece team were running out of steam as the different fitness levels began to show. 

Ineson backed up another Heavy Woollen break to race over for a try which he converted himself. 

Brandon Bates then followed up a kick to gather the ball and sprint over for an unconverted try. 

Waring then broke clear to score a try which man of the match Ineson converted.

In the final act of the game Billy Yarrow managed to ground the ball to score an unconverted try. This score wrapped up an excellent performance from the Heavy Woollen team with the Greece Rugby League proving to be superb hosts.

HEAVY WOOLLEN UNDER 23s: George Woodcock, Josh Scrutton, Luke Sheridan, Nathan Waring, Joe Halloran, Owen Lumb, Aiden Ineson, James Samme, Will Poching, Cameron Bruce, George Croisdale, Brad Foster, Paul Foulstone. Subs: Ben Ripley, Tom Bottomley, Matty Goodwill, Billy Yarrow, Brandon Bates. 

REFEREE: Paul Spivey (Heavy Woollen Society)

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