Driffield RUFC under-15s lose out at Pocklington

Driffield RUFC under-15s in action v Pocklington
Driffield RUFC under-15s in action v Pocklington

Driffield RUFC under-15s lost out in a close encounter at local rivals Pocklington, going down by a 31-19 scoreline.

Despite the defeat, coach Sam Beachell was pleased with this side’s performance.

“The effort and commitment was excellent,” he said.

“One or two decisions went against us but the lads’ resilience was great and they did not stop working.”

Driffield started the game well and registered the first score of the day.

A kick for touch back into Pocklington’s half gave the young Woldsmen an opportunity to attack the home side’s lineout.

They managed to win the ball and move it out to Morrison who barged through the defence and offloaded to Cowell who went over the line, Morrison converting for 7-0.

The game evened up slightly and Pocklington levelled things up with a converted try of their own, attacking down the left wing before splitting the Driffield defence with a quickly -moved ball.

Bouncing straight back, the away side again showed the power that they have in their pack, some excellent running from their forwards taking them over the gain line.

Their confidence going forward proved too much for the hosts to cope with and one speedy attack ended in a surge towards the line by the Driffield pack and a try for Wilson, duly converted by Morrison.

Just before the interval, Pocklington moved the ball into the Driffield half, and after a period of sustained pressure, they forced their way over for a converted try for 14-14.

Both teams came out in the second half looking positive and trying to take control of the game.

Driffield had an early scrum which was taken against the head by the home forwards and the ball was moved swiftly to the right wing for a touchdown which gave Pocklington the lead at 19-14.

Some ill-discipline crept into the game as tempers flared between the local rivals, but generally both sides managed to play some good rugby and the next score of the game went the way of Driffield.

They built an attack through their forwards, working the ball into the opposition’s 22, and Morrison burst through to power over for a try, again levelling the score at 19-19.

With the game seemingly heading towards a draw, a Pocklington defender intercepted the ball when Driffield were mounting a promising attack, and the turnover in possession led to a try.

Another followed soon afterwards when the visitors failed to tidy up after a high kick was launched into their 22 and a Pocklington man touched down to seal his side’s victory.

Man of the match: Ewan Willingham.