Club rugby: Bonus-point consolation for Wharfedale from derby

Wharfedale try scorer, Joel Gill. PIC: Scott Merrylees
Wharfedale try scorer, Joel Gill. PIC: Scott Merrylees
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Huddersfield came out on top 43-27 in their Yorkshire derby clash at home to Wharfedale in National Two North.

Both sides started the day on 13 points but it was Huddersfield who led 29-0 after just half an hour. No8 Ricky Piper, back-row Lewis Bradley, second-row Adam Malthouse and Lewis Workman all crossed to secure the bonus point in 23 minutes, before winger Brandon Conway extended the lead, Jonny West landed two from five with the conversions on a tough day for the kickers.

Wharfedale rallied before the break and got on the scoresheet with two tries of their own, first from Joel Gill and then through Phil Woodhead, kicker Tom Barrett converting both.

A Barrett penalty after the break reduced the gap to eight points before Malthouse went over for his second for the hosts. Will Milnor got Huddersfield’s seventh and sealed the win, although tries for Tom Mann and Ben Parkinson meant that the visitors did at least take a point from the game. Elsewhere, Sheffield Tigers beat Otley 35-21 at Dore Moor.

In the North Premier League, Harrogate came away with a 27-21 win at Kirkby Lonsdale, while Morley lost out 35-12 at Birkenhead Park. West Leeds lost out narrowly at Alnwick, taking just a losing bonus point from the 26-20 loss in North One East.

Elsewhere, Driffield ground out a 14-7 win at Northern, while Bridlington were 28-10 winners at West Hartlepool. Huddersfield YMCA and Bradford and Bingley shared the spoils from a 19-19 draw, while Dinnington won 29-20 over Cleckheaton, with both sides taking a four-try bonus point.

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