Pock romp to home win

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Pocklington recorded their biggest win of the season when they overwhelmed West Leeds in an entertaining nine-try display at Feathers Field.

Pocklington 62

West Leeds 8

It was Yara-sponsored Pocklington’s first home run out for two months and they were quickly into their stride with forwards and backs combining impressively.

In contast, perhaps West Leeds were beaten before they left the changing room. The vistors appeared hesitant about the state of the pitch when they first arrived – it had been frozen first thing on Saturday but thawed throughout the morning to be fine by kick off.

Pocklington fullback Nick Bennett could do no wrong early on as he scored 17 points in the first 17 minutes and went on to complete a hat-trick of tries inside half an hour.

Bennett opened the scoring with a fifth minute penalty, then he backed up a strong run and good offload from centre Jack Holbrough to sprint over and convert after the home forwards had turned over a ruck on halfway.

West Leeds missed a penalty straight from the restart and the next Pocklington attack was going nowhere until Bennett picked up a loose ball near the left touchline and weaved to the line and again convert.

West Leeds had no answer to the home pace and power as good handling from a scrum saw blind side wing Dan Pickard plunge in at the corner.

For once Bennett missed a kick, but he duly completed his hat-trick on the half hour. Centre Tim Nixon running back a West Leeds clearance and Bennett taking over to race in for his third touchdown with the fullback’s third conversion putting Pocklington out of sight at 29-0.

West Leeds looked already beaten. However, the visitors had a couple of lively runners in the threequarters and enjoyed their best spell on either side of the interval. The Leeds’ side kicked a penalty then ran in a good back try from halfway with the last play of the first half.

And the visitors looked certain to score again with the first attack of the second period until Pickard appeared from nowhere to make a try saving tackle. That took the final wind out of West Leeds’ sails, a couple of injuries added to their woe and Pocklington regained the initiative to pull clear.

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