Scarborough Pirates under-15s claim first win of the season

Scarborough Pirates under-15s rugby league team celebrate their first win of the season
Scarborough Pirates under-15s rugby league team celebrate their first win of the season

Scarborough Pirates under-15s rugby league team recorded their first win of the season on Sunday defeating Selby Warriors 28-14 at Eastway Sports Club.

The fixture built on their success of the previous week when they were unlucky to be held to a draw away at Selby having been in the lead for much of the game.

This prompt reverse fixture however showed the Pirates had learned the most lessons from the earlier game.

Selby Warriors opened the scoring with a try from close range which was successfully converted but the Pirates soon hit back when lively scrum half Joe Wallace caught the Selby defence off guard and showed quick thinking to score in the corner from a quickly taken penalty.

The difficult angle meant he was unable to add the conversion.

Both teams continued to threaten in the first half but defences were also solid with Captain Matthew Stephenson and Zak Kirk leading from the front.

The teams took their half-time break with the scores 6-4 in favour of Selby.

A couple of minutes into the second half saw Selby concede a penalty on their own 10-metre line and hooker Ben McCue fed a timely pass to winger Sam Jackson who bettered some scrambling defence to score. Joe Smyth added the extra two points from the conversion goal.

Selby soon hit back after a short kick off saw them regather possession and break through to score their second try.

The goal-kick saw them again take the lead at 12-10.

Further indiscipline from the Warriors saw their stand-off sent to the sin-bin for 10 minutes, during which time the Pirates took full advantage with man of the match Jordan Pickard scoring the first of his two tries by powering through several defenders and racing over the try line.

Shortly afterwards, strong drives by forwards Jacob Colling and Jacob Stevenson led to busy hooker Ben McCue scoring an opportunistic try after exploiting poor marker defence from inside the Warriors 10-metre zone.

Another successful conversion saw the Pirates going into the final quarter of the game with a 20-10 lead but they improved on this with Pickard’s second long range try after his clever dummy created a gap in the defensive line.

Elusive running from full-back James Clifford and centre Tristan Mustoe created field position for Sam Jackson to then bag his second try with a powerful run down the wing, evading the attention of several Selby defenders who looked certain to bundle him into touch.

Selby bagged the last points of the game after a couple of penalties saw them pressurising the Pirates try line, eventually grounding the ball in at the corner.

The missed kick resulted in the final score of 28-14 to the Pirates, who will be looking to build on their recent successes when they host Whinmoor at Eastway on Sunday with an 11am kick-off.