West Leeds edged out in derby thriller at Harrogate

Oli Rosillo.
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It took extra-time for Harrogate to reach the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup, beating plucky rivals West Leeds 22-17 at Rudding Lane.

With two National Junior Vase victories at Twickenham under their belts in recent years West Leeds know all about the pressures of cup rugby, and they very nearly pulled off a win against their higher-placed opponents.

Winger Danny Booth took advantage of a kind bounce when chasing a chip, and he gave West Leeds the lead after just four minutes, stand-off Dale Breakwell converting.

Harrogate hit back with winger Oli Rosillo outpacing his tacklers to touch down, Luke Riddell converting, and the home side led 12-7 at half-time following a driving maul, Guy Coser touching down.

Harrogate came out fighting after half time and Coser scored his second try, again from a driving maul.

But West Leeds were in no mood to roll over, and they hit back with Breakwell kicking a penalty after they had stolen the ball at a Harrogate lineout to close to within one score.

With just two minutes left first XV debutant full-back Ryan Hoey scored and Breakwell converted as West Leeds levelled to send the game into extra-time.

With the golden point rule in force both sides had two attempts at drop goals which were off the mark, but when Rosillo went over in the corner it was all over.

Harrogate will go to Doncaster Phoenix in February’s semi-final after they narrowly scraped past Ilkley 22-21.

Winger Josh Fowler’s first half try was converted by fly-half Ryan Sorrell, and with a second try coming from Seva Bulamakhu, the Phoenix led 12-0 early in the second period.

Ilkley did get off the mark with a converted try shortly after, but prop Alex Keaton scored a third for Doncaster to maintain their lead.

However, Ilkley scored two late tries to lead 21-17 only for full-back James Wright to touch down and salvage the win in the last minute.

Meanwhile in the Yorkshire SIlver Trophy quarter-finals, Thornensians beat Wetherby 27-23, Ripon won 29-24 at Barnsley and will go to Pontefract for their semi final, following Pontefract’s 62-21 win over Acklam.

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