Junior RU: Under 16s find Lymm a tough nut to crack

TOP Cheshire side Lymm stepped in to fill the void when the Huddersfield Under 16 side’s planned fixture was called off, and in the end showed the difference in class.

TOP Cheshire side Lymm stepped in to fill the void when the Huddersfield Under 16 side’s planned fixture was called off, and in the end showed the difference in class.

For much of the contest there was little to choose between the two sides with only two points separating them after 35 minutes.

However, it was in the final five minutes of the first half that the difference was clearly evident when Lymm ran in four tries, three of which were converted, to open up a 33-5 gap which was never bridged.

Huddersfield had put in a good performance early in the game with forwards Nathan Smith, Will Burgess and Lewis Bradley dominating up front for long periods after the home side had opened the scoring with a converted try.

After half-an-hour Huddersfield were almost back on level terms, when Ian Nuttall fed centre Elliot Whetham who linked up with fly-half Harvey Booth.

He in turn kicked ahead and won the foot race to score an unconverted try.

But with five minutes of the half remaining came the turning point as Lymm suddenly unleashed a flurry of attacks which yielded four tries, and with the conversions took the home side into a 33-5 half-time lead.

Huddersfield made several substitutions in the second half with fresh legs benefiting the visitors, while Luke Pickard halted one attack with some quality defensive work.

Lymm added to their tally after a penalty to another try, but Huddersfield refused to submit and battled back with centre Liam Moran crashing over for a quality try.

Buoyed by the score, Thomas Knapton made a half-break and when Nathan Smith continued the move to Lewis Bradley, the latter crossed for a super try, which he also converted.

A quick tap penalty brought a final try for Lymm in the closing stages, but despite the 45-17 scoreline Huddersfield could take some heart from their clash against top opposition.

 
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