U13s show their mettle

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Pocklington Under-13s....................30

Hull Ionians Under-13s.....................5

Wolds Produce sponsored Pocklington Under-13s hosted Hull Ionians Under-13s on a damp wintry Sunday morning, playing at Kilnwick Park for the second week in a row.

Ionians won the toss and elected to receive the kick-off. Ionians set up a ruck 15m into their own half, with the ball being passed out to the fly half who ran forward, passed to the inside centre and was tackled by Jonty Atkinson on half way. Ionians won the ensuing ruck and progressed up the pitch, passing the ball down the back line. Pocklington’s Callum Stubbs tackled his opposing winger 10m inside the Pocklington half, driving him back up the pitch. Callum robbed the ball and, with some good footwork, evaded the scrambling defence and took off on a solo run for the touchline, scoring the first of the half dozen tries for Pocklington.

After the kick-off, the game ebbed and flowed with both sides playing flowing attacking rugby. With not much in it Pocklington worked their way down to the Ionians 5m area. Putting the opposing team under pressure with several rucks, Elliot Adamson took a great line to take the ball and burst through the defence to score.

In the second half, Pocklington received the kick-off, set up a ruck, Jack Foster passed the ball out to Elliott who popped it to Jonty who set off on a run round the defending outside centre and winger past the halfway line over the 22m, only to be tackled by the covering flanker. The tackle was deemed high so Pocklington were awarded a penalty. Elliott stepped up to kick the ball further up the pitch for a 5m lineout.

Pocklington spread the ball and, after a couple of rucks midfield, found themselves 8m out on the other side of the pitch. Still on the attack, Pock were awarded a scrum. Pocklington’s scrum was not working as well as it has been and requires more concentration and effort. Pock held good the ball, which was channelled back, and Jack popped it to Toby Stephenson on the blindside wing. Toby ran forward and, with several defenders around him, was determined to make the score.

The game continued in the same vein, as first one side were on the attack, then the other. Once again Pock found themselves down on the opposition 5m area close to the right-hand side line. The ball appeared at the back of the ruck and Jack saw Ollie Speck, the big second row, on the blind side and popped the ball to him. With just 5m out, nobody was going to stop the big lad.

At this point, Pock relaxed to their detriment as Ionians surged towards the Pock line. Under pressure, Pock’s scrambled defence was no match for the visitors who were determined to get points on the board. From the kick-off, Pock rallied, Jack passed the ball out to Jonty who passed to James, James took off on the outside of his opposite number and sprinted 20m to make the score.

With the match drawing to a close, Pock were awarded a scrum inside the opposition half, the ball was moved to the back for Owen Anderson to pick up and take forward. Sucking in the defence, Owen set the ball back for Jack to pick up and the ball went down the line to Toby on the wing to run in the final score.

It was a great effort by the whole squad. next week is the second round of the Yorkshire Cup so everyone will need to let Doug or Phil know their match availability as Pocklington can only select 22 to play Sheffield Tigers.

Men of the match: Jack Foster for his excellent ball distribution and covering tackles and Toby Stephenson for his secure catching and attacking skills on the wing.