Pocklington U16s get the better of Hull Ionians

Pocklington U16s................15

Hull Ionians U16s.................0

After a very close and hard-fought 5-0 victory to Pocklington at Ionians earlier in the season, Hull Ionians came to Pocklington determined to avenge that defeat.

From the kick-off, Pocklington took the game to Ionians with strong rucking, the boys were well on top of possession giving the scrum half Freddie Greswold the opportunity to release the backs.

With fly half Joe Aconley trying to work flat ball to Lewis Wilson and Jake Barber a number of breaks were called back for forward passes but the intentions were good and lines excellent.

Despite Pocklington’s control, Ionians came back with some good rugby which was defended well by the forwards and ultimately the backs with Jed Jackson refusing to allow any Ionians shirt past the 22m line.

After 15 minutes, a good clearance from a penalty by Nathan Saltmer gave Pocklington a lineout 10m from the Ionians line.

A good take from Charlie Whittington and the boys drove Cheesy Taylor through the Ionians defence for the first try of the day.

Pocklington continued to look the stronger, with the forwards carrying the ball well and making good ground with a solid maul.

The first half finished with Ionians still well in the game and always looking dangerous.

The second half started with Ionians pressuring the Pocklington line and only a great tackle and hold up by Jed Jackson prevented them from equalising the scores.

The intensity of the game was beginning to tell on the Ionians players and gaps began to appear for the Pocklington players to exploit.

After 10 minutes, Pocklington worked a good move through the backs only to be held up on the 22m.

With the ball secured, Greswold popped a short ball to loose head Jonny Ingle who side-stepped the Ionians defence before driving toward the line.

With Ionians getting numbers back, the ball was offloaded to Taylor who crashed over the line for his second try. Despite this, Ionians kept their spirits up and threw everything back at the home side.

The set pieces were now being controlled by Pocklington with Eddie Cook hooking against the head and Charlie Whittington dominating the line outs.

But Ionians still kept the physicality up and made the lads work hard in every contact.

With only a few minutes to go, skipper Nathan Smith broke through the Ionians back row before spreading the ball infield to Jonny Ingle who then hit centre Jake Barber just inside the Ionians half with a crossfield pass which left the Ionians backs standing.

Jake accelerated at the full back, drawing the man before popping inside to the supporting Whittington to go under the posts for the third try.

Nathan Saltmer was unable to convert any of the tries, despite good kicking from hand throughout the game, as the wind made it incredibly difficult to control the flight.

Overall a 15-0 win and a very good performance throughout the team, with well-worked tries, against a very competent and committed Ionians side.