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Kirk's solo try seals late triumph for All Blacks.

Under 14s Siddal 18 Meltham All Blacks 34 DESPITE the inclement weather, both sides contributed greatly to an exciting, physical and skilful game of rugby.

Two powerful packs cancelled each other out in the early part of the game and it needed Elliot Morris' speed and opportunism to break the home defence and open the scoring for the visitors.

Siddal's subsequent counter attacks were met by a resilient and well-organised Meltham defence in which Josh Holmes, Jacob Green, Elliot Clemson and Elliot Morris tackled tigerishly.

Siddal's play eventually produced a try to draw the team's level, but minutes later, Meltham regained the lead.

A kick from Danny Hirst was knocked on and from the resulting penalty, Elliot Morris touched down.

Siddal now changed tactics and moved the ball wide. The (returning) Greg Thompson, Toby King and Alex Clapham proved themselves up to the task and closed off these avenues of attack.

A break from Cameron Haigh pushed Siddal on to the back foot. Elliot Clemson gained a few more valuable yards enabling Elliot Morris to strike again and complete an excellent first half hat-trick. Oliver Kirk added a fourth try just before the interval.

Playing with the wind on their backs, Siddal began the second half strongly. However, handling errors and valiant Meltham defence prevented any quick score from the home side.

Following a clever run from Danny Hirst and kick from Elliott Morris, Meltham almost scored themselves.

Eventually, Siddal scored at the end of a renewed and sustained period of pressure. Meltham's riposte was immediate with Oliver Kirk rounding off a fine passing move among the backs.

Siddal were soon on the offensive again and scored through the influential Kruise Leeming.

But any hope of a Siddal comeback was ended when Oliver Kirk outflanked the home defence to score an excellent solo try.

Meltham's victory was just reward for an outstanding team effort.

MoM: Elliot Clemson. Best back: Oliver Kirk. Best forward: Josh Holmes.

Under 16s Newsome Panthers 50 Meltham All Blacks 0 THE Meltham team included four former Under 15s who have just moved up, and three lads who have only just taken up the game and they put up a stubborn display.

The Panthers Under 16's proved once more why they are so prominent in their age group premier division.

Currently sitting in fourth place but with two matches in hand, they dominated their cup fixture against local rivals Meltham - despite missing six players from their squad.

But staring defeat in the eye, Meltham never gave up.

Notable Newsome performances came form Lewis Bellas, who scored first, closely followed by captain Jack Blagbrough. Newsome's kicker on the day Jonny Quinn and Patrick Oakes. Half- time arrived with Newsome leading 16 - 0. The second half proved to be more of the same despite their opponents 'never say die' approach. Panthers tries arrived from the towering Will Smith, nimble Levi Adams (who scored a hat trick), Jamahl Hunte and Patrick Oakes. The match ended in a clear Newsome victory.

Newsome Big Hit: Teo Deveney and Jamahl Hunte. MoM: Jack Blagbrough Meltham: Best Forward: Sam Rochford. Best Back Jack Thompson. Players Player: Sam Rochford Under 12s Illingworth 28 Meltham 6 THE match started with some great pace by Meltham with Oliver Szlachcic bossing the sets with some clear passing by Lewis Boye.

The forwards were working overtime with Matt Brearley taking a lot of beatings, but he kept going time and time again struggling to break a very strong defence, but each time there was a slip by Meltham Illingworth punished them.

Meltham's tackling let them down all way through the first half. Jack Rochford's and Lewis Fletcher's runs were getting stronger and it showed with Illingworth struggling to cope.

The second half started as did the first with tackling letting the Meltham team down. Time and time again William Suchecki was working his socks off for the team.

Meltham were trying in vain to get one over the line, but everything they tried was held up. There were plenty of good moves by Jack Evans and Danny King but they were getting frustrated.

The tackling picked up with Oliver Szlachcic, Danny King putting their bodies on the line and Jack Evans and Lewis Boye were working overtime. Then nearing the end of the game Meltham started a good set which pushed Illingworth all the way up to their try line and Danny King, who had been excellent all day, pushed over a consolation try for Meltham.

MoM and Best Forward: Danny King. Best Back: Lewis Boye.

Player's Player: William Suchecki.
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Date:Oct 31, 2009
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