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2nd December 2019, 14:00 | university

England Universities Trials | Yorkshire 22 v North West 24

England Universities Trials | Yorkshire 22 v North West 24

Yorkshire and North West closed the day with all the hallmarks of a War Of The Roses clash. North West looked ominous from the off, with Alex Smith finishing a flowing passing move setting up an easy kick for Elias Harrison.

Nathan Taylor struck shortly afterwards, capitalising on a downfield kick, with Harrison missing the kick. Richard Pogson brought Yorkshire into the game collecting a fumbled high bomb and going on to convert his own try. Matty Chrimes completed Kieran Smith's downfield break to score in the left corner, Pogson nudging the White Rose ahead.

Minutes before half time, Pogson jinked his way through to add a second try to his tally, with Chrimes kicking the difficult conversion. Jason Holland scampered away to score a try on the hooter, with Harrison converting to leave the North West trailing by just two points at half time. 

Linden Metcalf burrowed from dummy-half to extend Yorkshire's lead after the break, but Chrimes was unable to convert. Alex Eckley collected Nathan Taylor's inside pass to score on the left edge, but Taylor was unable to convert. As it looked like Yorkshire would hold on, the Red Rose struck through Brad Calland, showing pace to move North West ahead. Matty Rudd was unable to convert and the North West held on in a nail-biting climax to take the victory. 

  • Yorkshire: Jay Taylor, Matt Wyatt, James Abbott, Matty Chrimes, Eddie Bailey, Kieran Smith, Richard Pogson, Ben Bradshaw, Linden Metcalf, Liam Grimmett, Hassan Hussein, Jordan Bull, Ryan Langton. Interchanges: Sufyann Rafi, Elliot Jones, Nathan Lyon, Josh Oliver, Ben Stevens.
  • Tries: Richard Pogson (16, 38), Matty Chrimes (23), Linden Metcalf (48),
  • Goals: Richard Pogson 2/2, Matty Chrimes 1/2 
  • North West: Nathan Taylor, Will Lynch, Dan Munt, Brad Calland, Kevin Brown, Alex Smith, Elias Harrison, Luke Nelmes, Josh Molloy, Conner MacCallum, Ben Forster, Alex Eckley, Tom Millington. Interchanges: Jason Holland, Matty Rudd, Jack Langton, Sam Makin, James McDaid.
  • Tries: Alex Smith (9), Nathan Taylor (12), Jason Holland (40), Alex Eckley (62), Brad Calland (78)
  • Goals: Elias Harrison 2/3, Nathan Taylor 0/1, Matty Rudd 0/1