Morley's field day at 'mental' Twickenham

Morley 21 Westoe 11 Powergen Intermediate Cup by Dave Craven MARVELLOUS Morley picked up the Powergen Intermediate Cup to complete a famous

Yorkshire hat-trick of wins at Twickenham on Saturday.

After Sheffield Tigers and Leeds Tykes had already done the business early on, the Maroons were in no mood to let the White Rose down by failing to complete the job against Westoe.

They battled their way to a stirring 21-11 success to mark one of the biggest days in the club's long and illustrious history.

Stars of yesteryear, like legendary prop Richard Binks who led Morley to those countless Yorkshire Cup successes in the 70s, were on hand to witness their first appearance at headquarters among more than 1,000 joyous fans who had travelled south to back the Leeds club.

Try-scorer Craig Field today revealed he has already given up the one lasting reminder of his Twickenham dream.

The rangy blindside sneaked over for a first-half try which helped set the

platform for victory and the Castleford-born player admitted: "All my family were there and my dad, John, was proud to death.

"He was thrilled to see us win like that and I gave him my medal afterwards. He was chuffed to bits but he deserved it. I wanted him to have my medal as he has been really important for my rugby and taken me everywhere since I was a kid."

Like most of his team-mates, Field had never experienced anything quite like Twickenham.

Massive

"It was just so weird," he said. "It's hard to explain what it was like, playing there in that massive stadium.

"I never for one minute thought I'd get the chance to do that ever in my career and it was just amazing. It was mental and to win topped it all off."

Field got Morley's first try on 14 minutes after peeling off the back of a scrum close in.

"The ball just seemed to come out from nowhere, I threw a dummy, stepped inside and the line was just there waiting for me," he recalled.

"We had a good celebration in the clubhouse yesterday and every one who was anyone in Morley came down to see us. It's been a brilliant weekend."

Player-coach Colin Stephens booted 11 points to help see off the north east outfit, including a much-needed 73rd-minute drop goal when their opponents were throwing everything at them.

He is someone who has played at rugby's headquarters before having made his name at Llanelli and representing Wales before moving north to Leeds Tykes. On both previous occasions, though, he suffered defeat including a Test loss against England.

But the veteran wasn't to be denied again and he admitted the success with his North One minnows was right up there with everything else he had achieved in his past.

"It was just awesome," said the fly-half. "And amazing to get a win here at last!

"This is probably one of the highlights of my career.

Playing for Wales is my greatest achievement and running out against England here was fantastic, but coming here and winning with the guys from my club has been tremendous. It ranks up there with beating Australia with Llanelli."

Westoe got off to the perfect start with a penalty from wingman Paul Hagan after three minutes, but Morley were quickly on level terms when Stephens landed a penalty.

Morley scored the first try of the game through Field, Stephens' conversion attempt hitting the post and bouncing wide.

Though Westoe spent some time in the Morley half, they never looked as threatening as the Yorkshiremen, who extended their lead on the half-hour with a try by wingman Simon Bradshaw at the corner after centre Peter Murphy had made the break, Stephens converting to give his side a 15-3 lead and later adding a penalty.

Westoe then managed to outflank the Morley defence for the first time in the final minute of the half when centre Graeme Haswell forced his way over at the corner, leaving Morley 18-8 ahead at the break, but with Westoe's hopes resurrected.

The second half brought a change in Westoe fortunes as they started to dominate territorially, although Morley, like their neighbours Leeds, resisted stoutly.

But though they held out against intense pressure, Westoe took reward for their efforts with a penalty by Hagan that put them within a score of the Yorkshiremen at 18-11 after 54 minutes.

There was no respite for Morley as Westoe continued to turn the screw with a

prolonged spell in the Yorkshire 22, the frustration finally getting to Morley hooker Stewart Kneale, who was sent to the sin-bin.

Though they scarcely managed to get a hand on the ball for 30 minutes, amazingly Morley managed one breakout which dealt Westoe a body blow, Stephens landing that 35-yard drop-goal after 73 minutes to give his side hard-earned breathing space at 21-11.

Morley: Evans; K Bradshaw, Callaghan, Murphy (Fieldhouse 54), S Bradshaw; Stephens, Castle; Gabriel, Kneale, Bell, Sonia (Kite 74), Chippendale, Field, Burnett (Gray 64), Hopton.

Westoe: Stephenson; Bell, Haswell (Olugbode 69), Wilson, Hagan; Haswell, Judson; Nesbitt, Tennet (Douglas 34), Elliot (Shabilla 78), Muchall, Bird, Smith, Bowyer (Walton 78), Arnold (Rennie 66).

Referee: D Grashoff.