3rd December 2018, 14:31 | university
Yorkshire put in a dominant performance over southern neighbours the Midlands, lead by a powerful spine of hooker Will Jubb, halfback pairing Tom Jubb and Kieran Smith and full back Lewis Davey. The Midlands did not lack any enthusiasm, with Josh Boulger and George Prewett looking threatening, but it was the white rose players who seemed to have gelled better as a team to provide a more cohesive performance.
Yorkshire looked ominous form the start, with Ben Waud skipping through after Matty Chrimes' inside pass to open Yorkshire's account just one minute into the game, with Smith adding the extras and they extended the lead shortly afterwards with Davey finishing a quick right to left move, again Smith was on target with the boot.
Midlands rallied and managed to delay the onslaught, but on the quarter of an hour mark, Lee Registe found space out wide, taking Chrimes' pass superbly to go in at the corner. Smith missed the kick from the touchline, but did manage to convert Henry Davetanivalu's effort, the big forward powering through at the line to score.
Another solid period of defence from the Midlands kept the score at 22-0 at half time.
In the freezing conditions, Yorkshire were first to score after the break, with David Gabriel hammering through at short range to touch down. Dom Senior missed the conversion. Shortly afterwards Callum Fletcher took the home side futher ahead, scoring under the sticks. Chrimes was unable to turn his passing magic into kicking magic, his conversion bouncing off the upright.
England Universities veteran, Ryan Langton, showed his value and determination, taking a flat pass at the line and driving over to score with four defender clinging on and then converted his own try to boot and not to be outdone, experienced hooker Will Jubb dummied and dived from dummy half, with Smith back on kicking duties successful with the kick. Winger Louis Godfrey broke free and showed pace to for a lovely winger's try in the corner, but Smith was unable to add the extras.
Determined not to return scoreles, the Midlands, who had shown enthusiasm in both attack and defence all night, were rewarded as they built pressure and Yorkshire finally gave way to Reece Nicholson, allowing Harry Leek an easy shot on goal.
Fittingly, the final word went to Matty Chrimes who was rewarded with a try of his own after his impressive evening's performance in the backline, finishing a passing move to take Yorkshire to the half century, although having left his kicking boots at home, was unable to convert his own try to leave the final score 50-6.
Yorkshire: Lewis Davey, Lee Registe, Matty Chrimes, Matt Ward, Louis Godfrey, Kieran Smith, Tom Jubb, Kingsley Okra-Overton, Will Jubb, Ben Gray, Kai Fagan, Ben Waud, Ryan Langton. Interchanges: Linden Metcalffe, Dom Senior, Callum Fletcher, David Gabriel, Joe Edwards, Henry Davetanivalu.
Trys: Waud (1), Davey (4), Registe (15), Davetanivalu (22), Gabriel (44), Fletcher (48), Langton (52), W. Jubb (65), Godfrey (68), Chrimes (79)
Goals: Smith 4/6, Senior 0/1, Chrimes 0/2, Langton 1/1
Midlands: Josh Boulger, Lewis Munyoro, John Sipwa, Sam Bird, Jack Dykes, George Prewett, Harry Leek, Robert Branton, Tobias Cornish, Euan Tiernan, Jacob Jones, Alex Best, Luke Shaw. Interchanges: Ben Foskett, George Edge, Bandile Mahlase, Reece Nicholson, Lewis Flack, Ciaran Dean, Brad Moss.
Trys: Nicholson (73)
Goals: Leek 1/1
Referee: Joe Turner