Boro Victory "Taylor made" in Leeds
By Paul Johnson
Boro Wasps delve into Yorkshire again and come home with a well earned "W"
After not playing a game throughout the month of February Boro Wasps were looking forward to playing Consett seconds at home in the semi final of the Candy Cup. The previous two weekends had been incredibly frustrating as both Westoe and Bishop Auckland cried off on the Saturday morning of the game itself. So you can imagine how the boys felt when Consett cried off on Thursday night. So into the pool we went chasing an away game as it was obvious we were not going to secure a fixture at home. So :
( read this to the tune of "Go West "from the pet shops Boys)
you get a game down there
In the Yorkshire air
we want to play you see
Been let down the last 3.
Anyway with the fixture now being away instead of home , 6 players originally selected were unable to travel so the Wasps travelled with the bare 15. To further add to the late preparations "Sat nav" Sillsy arrived 15 minutes before kick off having got lost in Leeds. It was not surprising therefore that the home team scored first with a well worked try. However the Wasps responded almost immediately after a line break by full back Mcroberts gained good field position. Quick ball was recycled and driven on first by Scotty Taylor and then finally taken over the Whitewash by Taylor Mobberley. Moments later the visitors scored again when quick ball was fed out wide finding the pacey right winger Jonno in space. Sadly his lack of gas provided time for the covering defence to stroll over and tackle him, but the resulting offload found flanker Jacob Unwin in space allowing him to race clear and score. Si Moore kicked both conversions.
West Leeds replied with another well worked backs try before the Wasps scored their third after centre Will Deeks, made a break and found that pacey winger Jonno in support. His ridiculous dummy resulted in Si Moore actually getting tackled , but created space for first Jonny Blackburn and then Chris Mcroberts to keep the ball alive and feed inside centre Nathan Goodison the final pass to score. Half time Boro 17 - West leeds 12.
It was clear that the team that was more committed in defence would win this one as both teams were capable of scoring tries. It was also apparent that whilst the visitors had the better back line, ( their wingers combined age wasn't 83 ! ) the Boro boys were stronger in the pack. So this proved as the visitors scored 4 further tries in the second period. The first came from a clever catch and drive at lineout time when clean ball was secured by Jacob and driven on with real power and control allowing prop Danny Hodgeson to score. The next try also came from a strong set piece when the boro pack drove over a 5 meter scrum allowing Will "3G" Seymour to score.
The home side then lost a player to injury and space was therefore available down the blindside. Taylor spotted this and from another well executed lineout drive he broke blind with 20 meters to go. Clearly the distance was further than he envisaged and, despite his poorly strapped up ankle, he just about managed to make the line and score.
Boro's final score of the day came after scrum half Theo Ellis had grounded the ball but the referee , who had an excellent game by the way, was un-sighted. He awarded a scrum to Boro and the ball was fed out wide quickly creating a half gap which goody exploited to score his second. Si Moore kicked the conversion once again.
Despite these scores West Leeds were not going to roll over and they scored several good tries of their own. It took them some time but they soon realised they didn't need mis-moves and dummy lines in the backs to score , they simply had to pass it out to the winger who would find space outwide every time. In the final 10 minutes of the game Leeds scored two cracking tries, the final one being created and scored by that winger who chipped over the top and show a clean pair of heels to score in the corner.
Final Score - Boro Wasps 41 - West leeds 32
A top game of rugby and a huge thank you to the hosts for their hospitality after the game. However full credit must go to all the boys who travelled down to Leeds to simply play rugby. The effort and commitment was clear for all to see and was almost tangible.
Dick of the day - None awarded as everyone was awesome , playing a full 80 minutes with the same 15 players was a fantastic achievement.
Man of the Match - Several contenders - Paul Sills ( at 68 ! ) put in a huge shift for the full 80 minutes. Jacob Unwin tackled like a demon all day long and scrum half Theo Ellis also had his best game in a Wasps shirt. However Danny Hodgeson was superb on the day , being strong in the set piece and devastating with the ball in hand in open play