Plate trophy for U16s

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Pocklington Under-16s....................19

Sheffield Tigers Under-16s................7

Pocklington lifted the Yorkshire Plate trophy after a keenly-contested encounter with Sheffield Tigers at West Park.

It was all Tigers for the first five minutes as they laid siege to the Pocklington line. But determined Pock defence, helped by a missed Tigers penalty and wasted overlap, kept the deadlock unbroken. And once Pocklington got upfield and on to the front foot it was soon apparent that they had a clear edge in pace and creativity in midfield.

A well-executed back move sent centre Aaron Tate racing away down the right only for him to be felled by a last-ditch tackle. But the Pock threequarters were not to be denied, fly half Dan Elliot sliced through and Tate was at his shoulder to touchdown, Elliot converting. Then Elliot broke down the left flank from his own half, the ball was swung wide right and, three good offloads later, Elliot appeared again on the inside to score, the conversion coming back off the post.

Despite being up the hill, Sheffield Tigers came more into it in the second half, only for Tate to take the game away from them when he picked off a loose Sheffield pass on halfway and sprinted to the posts, Elliot’s conversion making it 19-0.

A spell of Tigers pressure ended with Pock No 8 Will Rhodes making a remarkable 80-yard gallop from the back of a scrum only for the last pass to agonisingly go to ground. And Tigers came back again to finally get on the scoresheet with a converted back try.

The Pocklington forwards had had a hard day at the coalface, but they dug deep to keep going to the end and allow the midfield trio of Elliot, James Thompson and Tate to control the closing stages and make sure they took the trophy.