Club Rugby: Wharfedale make the most of red-card advantage

Wharfedale battled to a deserved National Two North 20-13 win at rivals Huddersfield, who suffered defeat for the first time in eight league matches after a red card for Nick Sharpe early in the match had left them short-handed for much of the game.

Sunday, 24th February 2019, 4:00 pm
Wharfedale's Jack Blakeney-Edwards. PIC: Wharfedale RUFC

Stand-off Chris Johnson gave Huddersfield an early lead with a penalty, before full-back Phil Woodhead dummied and raced in from 40 yards for Jack Blakeney-Edwards to convert. The stand-off then added a penalty on the whistle to help Wharfedale to a 10-3 lead at half-time.

Right winger Elliot Hodgson’s try was converted by Johnson which levelled the scores at 10-10, before a 56th-minute penalty from Blakeney-Edwards edged Wharfedale back in front.

Johnson added a drop goal on 62 minutes to level again at 13-13, but despite some ferocious defence, the 14 men of Huddersfield finally gave way, right winger Ralph Wellock dummying outside before cutting inside to score a try converted by Blakeney-Edwards.

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