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Brilliant Bees hammer Wharfedale in revenge match

THE drinks were on centre Scott Young after he ran in three tries in this revenge match demolition of Wharfedale.

THE drinks were on centre Scott Young after he ran in three tries in this revenge match demolition of Wharfedale.

The No13, a deft blade to the bludgeon of inside centre Cameron Mitchell, helped put the visitors to the sword along with fellow try scorers Simon Hunt, skipper Ben Phillips, and Chris Brightwell, who all scored two apiece.

Fly half Mark Woodrow kicked four conversions and his replacement Rod Petty one on what was a very blustery day.

The day also featured exchange referee Stefano Rossini from Italy who left his own Latin stamp on the game, yellow carding three players and making a few bizarre decisions before accidently taking a nasty knock himself,

The match netted second placed Bees, not only the four points for the win but also the bonus points for scoring four tries or more, maintaining the pressure on current leaders Redruth who have played two games more.

Despite the result player coach Russell Earnshaw said he was still disappointed with the turn of the game.

“It’s unusual to have scored over 50 points and still feel deflated but this was a very bitty game and we never really got flowing for long periods and you have to ask yourself, how on earth did we lose to them up at Wharfedale?”

The Bees started with their customary up tempo game. Winning the toss they played into the wind and from the kick off took the game directly to Wharfedale.

A 10 minute softening up period followed with Bees dominating possession. On 12, a long cut out pass left the visitors’ defence stranded and Hunt cut in for the first try of the game.

Wharfedale immediately tried to respond but a fine defensive catch by fullback Reece Spee snuffed out that attack and although they did kick a penalty, it was all Bees from there on in.

It was 24-10 by half time with the bonus point in the bag, the pick of the tries being Phillips’s first, Simon Hunt retrieving then kicking and catching his own punt, the ball being fed through the breakaways before the hooker emerged with it at speed, sold two dummies and went over to score.

Winger David Hall meanwhile had pulled a try back for Wharfedale.

The second half saw Rossini take centre stage. First he yellow carded the visitor’s scrum half for diving into the scrum to prevent a push over try. Instead of awarding a penalty try he gave Bees a penalty, who re-scrummed and instead it was Hunt who went over.

The more he tried to impose on the game the more frustrated the players became, leading to yellows for wing forward Jack Peece and replacement hooker Adam Clayton, the latter for a fairly innocuous ‘spear’ tackle.

Nevermind, this was all about Bees and the 13 men in black and red kept their line intact to run out worthy winners.

As well as their handling, the Bees scrummaged well and dominated the line out. Few teams have an answer to their high tempo game and if they can maintain this sort of play, they are on course to run out champions by the end of the season.



Cathrina Hulse
Multimedia Journalist
Annette Belcher
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