Under-15s have point to prove

Pocklington RUFC Under-15...............5

Hull Ionians RUFC Under-15.............10

The end of the season is looming and, for most clubs, the significant events that define their season are in the past.

The home side’s previous match was their plate final defeat to Wharfedale. The visitors had been knocked out in the semi-final, also by Wharfedale, and the last encounter between the two sides culminated in a victory for Ionians that was the only blemish on a long winning streak stretching from November right through to 1 April.

Both sides had points to prove, so the hosts’ lack of focus in the warm-up was surprising, and the fact that they carried it on into the game was disappointing. In the opening minutes, Ionians’ early pressure was compounded by sloppy Pocklington play to pen the home side in their own half, and throughout an error-strewn first half, they barely threatened the visitors.

As they have done for the majority of the season, however, Pocklington defended manfully and the only score before half-time came from a penalty conceded for handling in the ruck, Ionians gratefully accepting the points on offer. Mistakes abounded after the break as well, as Pocklington conceded any number of free kicks for pushing early in the scrum. The referee warned twice against high tackles, so it was inevitable that when a third tackle was deemed high, the offender would spend 10 minutes in the sin-bin, leaving the home side to play on with 14 players.

The hosts were galvanised into action. Jack Lakin disrupted an Ionians line-out getting a hand on the ball, Sam Garvey secured, and the ball was worked out to James Glew, who set off at the visitors’ defence. Glew was half-tackled but, with John Soanes screaming for a pass at his shoulder, he bustled over the line and managed to force the ball down for a try. The vistors came storming back and the stream of free-kicks conceded by the hosts eventually told against them as Ionians forced a try under the posts which they converted. Only a try now could get Pocklington back on level terms, but the clock was against them, and the visitors held out comfortably for an exciting win.