West Leeds 82 Leodiensians 3
Back in the day this fixture was known as the Public School Boys V The Grammar School Boys, writes Glenn Broadbent. Sadly, the grammar school no longer exists had it done so then the grammar school boys would have been the ones handing out the lesson.
It took just 80 seconds for West Leeds to get off the mark with a Jack Marshall try which was converted by Dale Breakwell. Against the run of play Leos were awarded a penalty and Ed Farmer converted taking the score to 7-3.
On the 9th minute second row Damian Pearson went over from the back of the loose to score and the conversion by Breakwell followed. 14-3.
With Leos missing a penalty on 11 minutes it looked like this was going to be an end to end affair. Just one minute later all that began to change with another converted try from Booth gave Breakwell another conversion took the lead to 21-3. Further converted from tries from Marshall and Neave increased the lead to 35-3 after just 19 minutes.
The last try of the half followed on 30 minutes after what can only be described as exhibition rugby resulting in Dan Bird going over under the posts and Breakwell made his 6th conversion of the game.
Leos started the 2nd half much better organized and more enterprising but with no end result. It wasn’t until the 54th minute that West Leeds managed to get on the scoreboard again with replacement Will Betts adding the 5 points and Breakwell predictably converting. 49-3.
The next 11 minutes saw tries from Dec Penny, Jamie Cockin and Tom Phillips, two of which were converted. 68-3.
With 15 minutes left West Leeds’ previous highest league points record of 78 was under threat but it took Wests until the 78th minute to add to the score again this time with a superb break from Danny Booth, Breakwells Christmas boots adding another conversion. 75-8.
With 80 minutes on the clock the record was broken with James Damarell adding the final try and Breakwell adding his 11th conversion.
A record win, maximum bonus points, the unbeaten run continues and West Leeds remain top of Yorkshire Division 2.
Huddersfield 3rd v West Leeds 2nd
The 2nd XV travelled to National 2 North Division side Huddersfield and came away with a hard earned victory, turning round a 12-7 half-time score line to come out 17-15 winners.