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Your News Leodensians 22 - Yarnbury 38 Including 3XV report

With four local Leeds derby games in Yorkshire 2 this season the first of them was eagerly awaited by both sets of supporters and with all four sides from both clubs meeting up the day was a credit to Yorkshire Junior rugby.Added spice was the two high profile coaches would let their teams do the talking in their quiet professional way with Yarnbury's Bob Hood appointed to England Counties Coach for the season by Twickenham and Matt Greenwoood entering Saracens Hall of fame this week. Leos have been in impressive form since the season started and Yarnbury impressive only at home.

Bob Hoods team were fired up from the start and carried on in their impressive teamwork from the demolition of Skipton applying all the pressure in the first quarter.Centre Jason Avieson going over early on following great forward work by the pack providing influential stand off Carl Paterson with good ball for his astute kicks down the flanks keeping the Alwoodley team pinned in their own quarter and it was no suprise when the ball was whipped out wide left for winger Ian Bartlett to cut inside the cover to score followed by another impressive scrum and blindside move from scrum half Oliver Cashman releasing young No8 Adam Malthouse to dive over for the third try in the first 20 minutes.With Carl Paterson converting two a start of 19 points before Leos were in the game was impressive rugby to say the least.

Such is the resurgence this season from Greenwoods team that Yarnbury were pushed back in the remaining quarter as Leos found their feet.with loose head prop Simon Dowling and centre Mark Winter replying and a conversion and penalty,the latter on the stroke of half time by ex Harrogate full back James Henry Leos were right back in the game and negated Yarnbury's excellent start.

Yarnbury pack took control at the start of the second half and excellent work from Ian Maycock in his best display of the season secured a regular supply of line out ball and they drove over from a five metre line with replacement Ian Moule getting the toouch down.The impressive Dave Bardon scored in reply for the Leos from a similar catch and drive at an attacking five metre lineout to keep Leos in contention but Yarnbury sealed the game with a James Barret try and centre Jason Avieson was put through the gap in impressive style to crash over to put Yarnbury three scores infront.The last 15 minutes sore Leos pressing with their impressive wide backs making good ground down the centre channel on several occasions only to be stopped by the Yarnbury cover.This was a day for the Horsforth team who ran out worthy winners on the day but all credit goes to both sides who will have a lot to say about the final make up of this league before the end of the season.

With continued impressive forward displays on the horizon giving Carl Paterson and his backs the time to use their skill and pace shows that Twickenhams faith in the Yarnbury Coach is well founded as his team begin to respond.

Yarnbury Hornets 17 - 12 Leodiensian 2nd XV

The first points of the game came in the very first phase of play. The kick off was knocked on and the first scrum was set with a Leos head and feed. With possession secured by the Leos forwards the ball was moved out to the backs. Stephen Riley at inside centre for the Hornets put in a thumping tackle on his opposite man which as well as knocking him backwards managed to dislodge the ball. Recovering it from the ground the Yarnbury backs were quick to pounce on the counter attack and good hands fed Tom Daniels down the left wing who showed an impressive turn of pace outstripping the cover to score in the corner. Daniel Pound converting from the touch line for a very early 7-0 lead.

Gradually Leos got a foot hold in the game and after the half hour came back with two tries in quick succession to take the lead. In the first instance, missed tackles by the Yarnbury backs allowed the try to be scored wide on the left. Very soon after that the Hornets naively tried to play out of their own 22 but good Leos defensive pressure led to a handling error and the grateful Leos scooped up the ball to score again, this time adding the extras taking the score to 7-12.Daniel Pound scored a penalty kick, the sides turning around with Leos 2 points to the good 10-12.

The second half saw only one further try scored. Tom Daniels continuing his rich vein of try scoring form. The Yarnbury backs moved the ball well with Phil Davies at outside centre running a good line to break through the defence. He timed the pass to Daniels perfectly, drawing in the Leos full back before moving the ball on. Stephen Riley knocked over the conversion giving a final score of 17-12.

Although Leos pressed nhard for the final quarter with their larger pack Yarnbury held out for an impressive win.

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