THERE was disappointment for Huddersfield Rugby Union Club’s Academy side after they went down 29-20 to Moortown in the final of the Yorkshire Plate.
After such a hard game only days before in the semi-final replay against Guisborough, it was probably a ‘game too far’ against the team who finished third in Division I.
The home side scored two converted tries in the first half, while the nearest Huddersfield came was a penalty attempt from Chris Brook which struck the left-hand upright.
The visitors were back in the game within two minutes of the start of the second half, when captain Jack Brannan touched down after Field won a line-out and drove over the line.
Tom Owen and Moortown’s stand off traded penalties, but then midway through the half came the killer blow, when the home side turned over a Huddersfield ruck and their open-side flanker broke away to score a converted try.
Back came the visitors with a second try for Brannan after the pack mauled their way over the line, but an intercepted pass gifted Moortown another converted score to give them an unassailable lead.
Franny Entressengle did score a late consolation try for Huddersfield, but although they kept pressing until the end, Moortown held on to lift the Plate.
YCMA’s Colts were defeated in their big final at Eccles, where they lost to Waterloo in the Lancashire & Cheshire Bowl.