Yorkshire Season Underway With Win; Narrow Defeat For Knights

A damp and dark Thursday and already the events of last weekend are beginning to fade in the memory. But before we turn our attentions to fixtures ahead, Here’s my take on the games I photographed last Saturday and Sunday.

Opening try for Yorkshire

I was looking back at my previous blog posts and it’s actually my third season with this age level, my first match being a win against Lancashire at Harrogate in November 2016. December 2017 brought another clash with Lancashire at Bishop Burton College, this time the spoils going to the red rose. I think it might have been a midweek match, hence the lack of a blog post.

First points with the boot for a young man who kicked well throughout

This year’s squad are also coming up against Lancashire later in the month but the opponents for their first game of the season, played at Keighley Rugby Club, was Durham County. I’ve not read a match report elsewhere on the web and you know you’re not going to get anything like a detailed report from me with all the names and everything.

A forceful run ends with another try for Yorkshire at the base of the posts

However, Yorkshire played with a high intensity right from the start and this brought an immediate reward with a try very close to the posts. It was an easy opener for the young man doing the kicking and his first two points from the conversion possibly fired him up with confidence for the rest of the game. I can recall at least three occasions when he made much more difficult kicks, from both touch lines. 

Durham continued to compete well though the game was going against them

If I’m making such comments about the kicking you’ll have realised that several tries were scored by the home side gaining them a comfortable lead by half time and no fewer than 52 points by game’s end. Worthy of note and great to see that Durham did not give up and were rewarded with points from a try and a penalty towards the end of play.

Think this was the only kick he missed but I quite like this shot with the wider view

It was a great display from Yorkshire, leaving everyone excited for the win and in eager anticipation of the upcoming encounter with Lancashire. You can see more pictures from the game in the ickledot shop.

Not such great news from Doncaster where the Knights went down to Yorkshire Carnegie in the second of two consecutive cup games between the Yorkshire sides. The result was closer this time and the Knights were ahead for much of the game. It was a somewhat tetchy encounter, with yellow cards being shown to both sides. The Knights defended for much of the second half. I only know that because I took very few close up shots of them in the second forty.

Favourite shots from the game - this short close up sequence of Will Owen scoring the opening try

As so often happens in such matches, the side defending for long periods, particularly when playing with less than a whole team, eventually concedes. It happened on this occasion, Carnegie’s late try and conversion giving them a two point lead with little time for recovery. You can read a more detailed description of the game here.

Kick from a different angle - this is the Knights’ Kurt Morath, returning from international duty

Conditions were not great from a photography point of view, which added to the frustration. Right from the start it had been dull and overcast with occasional showers and by the end the pictures were really grainy as the camera fought against the onset of dusk. Happily conditions brightened by the time we got to Sunday for the Yorkshire game.