Entertaining curtain-raiser from under-9s against Sunderland

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Pocklington U9s provided an entertaining curtain-raiser for the main event on Saturday, against tourists Sunderland.

Despite Sunderland providing game opposition, Pocklington were more experienced at the breakdown turning the ball over then getting it wide with well-timed passes.

They played two games, winning the first 25-5, then followed up with a 25-0 success.

In a hastily-arranged friendly on Sunday, Pocklington U17s overpowered Sandal to win 47-7.

Pocklington’s strong tackling and slick offloads saw them to a comprehensive victory with tries from Josh Britton (two), Sam Beales, Charlie Darmody, Lewis Robins and Will Rhodes.

Pocklington U16s travelled to Huddersfield and gained a spirited 19-19 draw with a gallant comeback.

Huddersfield’s early attacking soon saw them a score up. Pocklington needed a lengthy period of backs to the wall defending before they broke out as Joshua Parkinson ran 40 yards then found Dominic Fildes in full flight to go under the posts and give Joe Laudage a simple conversion.

Huddersfield re-asserted their lead with tries on either side of half-time but, as they took their foot off the gas, James Glew stepped on his accelerator to sprint to the corner.

With Pocklington coming more and more into the game, Charlie Sleigh completed a flowing move, and Laudage’s pressure kick sealed the draw.