Helme destroys Driffield

Pock Pilgrims v Driffield
Pock Pilgrims v Driffield

Pocklington Pilgrims.........................................................................................43

Driffield................................................................................................................5

The Pilgrims could have been so easily upstaged by the Cambridge Ladies’ annual visit to Percy Road but those patient enough to wait for the slightly delayed kick-off were treated to some fine hard running rugby that saw 17 year-old Jack Helme almost single-handedly destroy the visitors, Driffield, with a six-try haul.

Helme found his way into the back row for the first time this season having had to cover a shortage of backs week in, week out and signalled his intent with several early charges.

Driffield were forced to defend early on as the home forwards swept forward with a series of mauls and pick and go moves that saw them camp on Driffield’s five metre line. And, when Driffield managed to clear the ball, they simply gave Helme the chance to join the back line and charge through three tackles to score from 20 metres out.

Within five minutes of the restart, Helme bagged his second from even further out as he collected a Shane Sellers offload and galloped in from 35 metres.

Driffield probably deserved more, as they tackled hard and created chances of their own, being rewarded on 20 minutes with a speculative up and under being collected by their wing out wide to score.

This try served as a kick up the backside for the Pilgrims who tightened their defence with Kenny Strangeway dominating the tackle count. With Sellers and Jamie Killerby taking clean ball in the lineout and Niall Quinn controlling well at scrum half it was inevitable that Pock would score again, and it was that man Helme who broke two tackles to dive over from close range for his hat-trick.

Justin Brosenitz converted for the second time and, with five minutes of the first half remaining, the Pilgrims were eager to capitalise further before the break. The industrious Sam Britton saw space from the home 22 to run with the ball and the subsequent passage of play saw Pock dominate with several phases of possession, a 30-metre forward-driving maul and Helme burst free with the ball to make it four tries.

The second half saw much of the same one-way traffic, with Driffield rarely able to advance into an attacking position. Over-exuberance from a now vibrant home side saw several missed opportunities and allowed Driffield the chance to clear their lines, but inevitably Helme produced the goods again when it looked like the game might stagnate. Several pugnacious runs from the home forwards gave replacement scrum half Tom Rhodes the room to again feed Helme for another close run in, smashing through three defenders to bag a fifth touchdown.

Replacement centre Pete Massie was then audacious enough to score from 40 metres out, with that man Helme on his shoulder hoping for a sixth try.

As it transpired, Helme was not to be denied as his opportunity came from 15 metres out when, with ball in hand, he cantered through unopposed with the valiant Driffield just about tackled out.

The final score of 43-5 left the home side with a much-deserved win. A rugby hat-trick traditionally results in having to buy a jug of ale for the team, but Helme’s tender years meant he had to celebrate his remarkable feat with a soft drink.