Match Report
Hymers College 1st XV vs  Pocklington School
On: Tuesday, 09 Dec 2014
Venue: Away

A match that had been eagerly anticipated by both sides did not disappoint when it came to passion, drama and endeavour. The home side's concerted campaign on social media drew a large crowd and they cannot have failed to be impressed by the commitment and quality on show.

A strong wind assisted Hymers in the first half, and James Nettleton made the visitor's intentions clear from the first whistle when he smashed into the kick-off receiver. Hymers had much the best of the opening period and were rewarded when Captain Harrison Dodds went over from close range. Other opportunities were spurned when open field was presented, but thankfully the team were not left to rue these mistakes. Morgan Faulkner slotted a long range penalty to make it 8-0 at half-time.

Pocklington came out of the traps quickly in the second half, forcing an error from the kick-off and eventually scoring through Hick. Hanley made the conversion to make the score 8-7. The conditions meant that a lot of rugby was played in the Hymers half of the field, but on one rare excursion to the opposition half, the forwards drove close before Morgan Faulkner kicked a quite stupendous penalty from 40m to make the score 11-7.

Most of the last quarter was played at the Hymers end, with the away team defending manfully and resolutely. Pocklington turned down a number of kickable penalties, instead opting for lineouts where Nettleton was a good source of turnovers.

The team now head to the last 16 and have guaranteed a home tie against either Lymm HS or Worksop College. As has been so often the case this season, this was a true team effort and the reaction of players and parents at the end of the match was one to savour.

The 1st XV play the Independent Schools' Lambs (North) XV on Sunday (H-2pm) with Tom Jones and Curtis Walker coming back into contention. The U17 XV travel to play Hull Collegiate 1st XV on Saturday.

Star Man: Fred Howard