2018 Leeds Uni 2nd XIII V Sheffield Uni XIII 1st XIII Match report (A)
Leeds Uni 2nd XIII V Sheffield Uni 1st XIII
By Freddie Found
Top of the table? Away from home? Not a problem.
Leeds 2s secured their second win in as many games away at Sheffield as they beat the team who had won 4 games from 4 by 18 points to 12. Leeds made a bright start (for a change), completing their sets efficiently and effectively, but this didn’t stop Sheffield scoring first from a kick into the in-goal that bounced that was collected by and touched down.
It didn’t take long for Leeds to reply- in fact, it didn’t take long for Leeds to reply 3 times in a row. Ben Saych scored on the wing soon after Sheffield had scored and debutant Ryan Gerrard converted to put Leeds 6-4 ahead. Then, Guy McDonald, making his competitive debut for LURL, scored on the left hand side. Soon after, captain Freddie Found stripped the ball from a Sheffield man 40m out, ran 20m before getting tackled, played the ball quickly for Myurun Waran to collect it and score under the posts. Unfortunately, Sheffield scored just before half-time to make it 18-8 at the break.
The second half wasn’t so much a game of rugby, more a defensive exercise for Leeds as they stayed camped in their own half defending Sheffield sets for virtually the whole 40 minutes. Despite this, they only conceded once- Sheffield failed to concede the try again, meaning the match ended 18-12- the 6 point difference being down to Gerrard’s excellent kicking.
· Ben Saych
· Guy McDonald
· Myurun Waran
· Ryan Gerrard 3/3
MOTM: Freddie Found and Mike Newsholme