Junior sides head into plate finals

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Pocklington RUFC under-16s and under-15s will both have a big day out on 1 April after winning through to the Yorkshire RFU Plate finals.

Both sides came from behind to give committed performances in difficult conditions, the under-16s winning 17-14 away to Wharfedale and the under-15s beating Middlesborough 19-5 at Feathers Field.

The under-15s report is on page 45.

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Pocklington under-16s twice battled back from behind to gain a marvellous win at Wharfedale and go through into the Yorkshire RFU Plate final.

After their long trip to Grassington they found that the Wharfedale pitch was barely playable and kicked off in a flurry of snow on a surface containing pools of standing water.

Not only that, but Pocklington were facing both the wind and the slope and straight away found themselves on the defensive.

They stuck to their task with some determined defence until Wharfedale broke the deadlock with a good back try that was also converted midway through the first half.

Pocklington’s forwards upped their efforts, led by whole-hearted performances by flanker Lewis Robins and lock Conor McCabe. And, to hold Wharfedale to one score at the interval, was in itself a minor triumph.

With the elements in the second period the Pock pack drove forward in style and No 8 Will Rhodes burst through to touchdown, Dan Elliot’s conversion, levelling the scores.

It became end-to-end stuff and, when Wharfedale attacked then charged down a Pocklington clearance for a second try, the lead and momentum was back with the home side.

But Pocklington dug deep, their replacements, with Josh Britton to the fore, gave them renewed energy and they replied in kind as fly half Elliot charged down a Wharfedale kick and claimed the try.

Elliot duly kicked the conversion to edge Pocklington back in front and, when a late Pock attack brought a penalty in front of the posts, he sealed victory with his third kick of the day.