Rugby outfits go head-to-head

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The Town first played the school back in 1879, but games between these notable Pocklington institutions have been relatively infrequent in recent years.

So it was good that they were able to use the occasion of a pre-season warm up at Percy Road as a curtain-raiser for the first XV league game.

The school made a bright start as they looked to move the ball wide quickly at every opportunity; but aggressive tackling prevented them from making more of their early opportunities.

The Colts forwards then started to get into the game and the first try was scored 10 minutes in by Josef Hall, following a strong forward drive which saw Joey break blind and force his way to the line.

The match was played at a high tempo with the Town’s larger pack dominating the lineouts and the loose play, and the school’s fast backline looking to move their more limited possesion to the flanks.

The second half started in a similar manner with strong forward drives from the Town.

However, as Town looked to score a second try, strong defending by the school saw the ball go loose and it was quickly moved down the wing.

The Town covered back but Jack Bogg managed to wriggle free and score under the posts, the conversion putting the school in the lead.  

The Town colts responded with more strong running from both forwards and backs.

A penalty for offside saw the town kick to the corner and a well worked lineout resulted in back row George Wagstaff peeling round the front to score in the corner. 

The game, which was played in an excellent spirit, saw both teams wanting to run the ball and with the referee, former Wales and British Lions back row, Gareth Williams, looking to keep play flowing.

But defences were also to the fore, and fine tackling from both sides prevented further scores.

Eventually another pack drive saw colts’ skipper and man of the match Jack Heme score a well deserved try. Strong running from three-quarter Jake Bishop, converting from wide out, brought the final score to 17-7 in the colts’ favour.

Both sides enjoyed the contest and both coaches were pleased with the level of skill shown in this early season game.