Yate start home fixtures with a win
Yate RFC 35 - 17 Whitehall RFC 2nds
AFTER having their first league game cancelled, after opponents Old Bristolians RFC cried off, Yate RFC got down to action against a Whitehall RFC 2nds team coming off a big win against Avonmouth RFC the week before.
On a hot day at Yate Outdoor Sports Complex, Whitehall pounded the Yate line from the start. After several penalty awards, which were all tapped and ran, Whitehall ran in their first try. Against the run of play, Whitehall again broke the Yate line when their fly half went in for a second unconverted try to lead 12-0.
After 20 minutes, Yate hit back. From inside his own half, Craig Archer broke several tackles and rounded the full back to go in under the post. A successful conversion from James Cannon meant Yate were back into the game.
After a line out, Yate’s fly half James Cannon sneaked through a hole in the defence to score Yate’s second try. A successful conversion saw the home side ahead 14-12.
From the restart, the ball ended up in the hands of Craig Archer on his 22 metre line. He went off on one of his trade mark runs, beating players with pace and power to score under the posts.
With a lead of 21- 12 at half time Yate knew they could not take their foot off the gas.
With scrum half Miles Hackett having one of his best games for Yate and pinning back Whitehall with accurate penalty kicks and well timed box kicks Yate seemed to be the most likely to score again. From a ruck on the half way line, Hackett took it blind and drew the winger and passed to winger Jack Dutton. Dutton having drawn in the full back passed it back inside to the supporting Miles Hackett to go back under the post for a fourth try and fourth successful conversion for James Cannon.
With Yate awarded a penalty, and Whitehall expecting a kick to touch, quick thinking James Cannon gave a shout to Miles Hackett to tap and go. Hackett after beating several players passed to the supporting Cannon who went in for his second try and his fifth conversion giving him a game total of 20 points.
Whitehall had one last push to try and gain something from the game. They again went route one and despite the best efforts of a tiring Yate team they managed to score a third consolation try. At the final whistle Yate had prevailed 35 to 17 and earned their first bonus point win of the season.
*Orchard Computer Services, who have been Yate Town Football Club main sponsors for several seasons, have become a Yate RFC shirt sponsor for the 2020/21 season.
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