West Leeds 31-14 Hullensians
Another East Coast side with an enviable reputation made their way to Bluehill Lane for this Yorkshire Division One fixture, writes Glenn Broadbent.
It was Wests who set the pace in this entertaining encounter following last week’s defeat against leaders Bridlington. The home side were into their stride straight from the Kick Off with some free flowing passing leading to a converted try in the 1st minute 7-0.
West Leeds continued to dominate with the visitors from Hull hardly venturing outside their own half and when they did a strong steal from Captain Neave, who showed amazing commitment and strength having just recovered from a dreadful virus, lead to West Leeds second try on 22 minutes 14-0.
Seven minutes later the visitors were penalised for a scrummaging offence, something the otherwise competent referee failed to react to earlier. Not underestimating their opponents, the home side took the three points 17-0.
Ten minutes later Hullensians wayward kicking let them down again and a take and break from Dale’s cousin K Breakwell took the lead to 24-0 and half time.
Hullensians began the second half much stronger, abandoning attempts at positional kicking and instead playing some tightly controlled forward rugby.
Fourteen minutes into the half despite some strong home defending the visitors gained their reward with a converted try. 24-7
West Leeds were down to 14 men on 56 minutes, but this did not have any impact on the Hullensians’ fightback and Wests extended their lead on 64 minutes a classy chip from recent addition to the squad Steffan James saw the bonus point secured and the score move to 31-7.
Hullensians stood strong and showed great spirit and their endeavour was rewarded with a 45-metre individual try ten minutes before the end. 31-14.
Hullensians wouldn’t give up but to no avail and the score remained 31-14 at the final whistle.
Another entertaining afternoon and confirmation that rugby at this level is a joy to see, even when you lose.
West Leeds travel to Horsforth based Yarnbury next week in what is sure to be another difficult encounter. Spectators are reminded kick offs are now 2.15pm until the end of February.
Meanwhile the second XV continued their impressive start to the season with a 10-27 victory at Leodiensians.