Third time lucky for Whitby rugby aces

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AFTER the recent disappointments of two plate final defeats at the Chester 7’s & RugbyRocks 7s, Whitby RUFC at last tasted success in the North Yorkshire 7’s tournament held at Richmond.

Having progressed through their group, the Maroons beat Richmond Barbarians in the semi-final, before facing Northallerton in the final.

Whitby conceded an early try and trailed 7-0 until the dying seconds of the final when James Gorrie turned over possession allowing Anth Craig to sprint 50 metres down the right wing & score under the posts.

Sam Webster held his nerve to make the conversion and level the scores to send the game into extra-time.

Whitby sealed victory when Craig turned provider, capitalising on a loose ball before releasing hooker Dyran Sullivan to touch down, with Webster again converting to take the final score to 14-7.

Whitby captain, Bruce Reed, said: “I’m really proud of the lads’ achievement in bringing home some silverware.

“We’ve had a great 7s season, participating in three tournaments and facing some top-class teams and I look forward to our continued success next season.”