WHITBY Rugby Club’s under 16s travelled to Moortown, Leeds, for their first ever cup match - and fared well on their debut.
A slow start from the young Maroons gave the home team their first, unconverted, try after just three minutes.
From the restart, Whitby kept sustained pressure on Moortown which led to continued ground being made.
James Astin took two quick penalties which caught the home team off guard.
There was a succession of scrums with Whitby retaining the ball throughout. Luke Brown made a good break and Whitby re-cycled the ball through good hands to Tyler Mayo who scored their first try.
A period of scrappy play ensued until Whitby won a scrum on the halfway line. Astin broke from the scrum and a penalty against Moortown gave Whitby continued possession which was quickly moved through the backs in a flowing move which saw Alex Waddington out wide to score their second try.
Sloppy defending after a penalty allowed Moortown to level the scores again.
As half time approached and after a stoppage for injury, Whitby were awarded a penalty and a kick found touch at halfway.
Whitby won the lineout and Astin put in a good box kick, Tyler chased down the Moortown defender and a strong tackle saw the ball released and Joe Russell seized on it to score Whitby’s third try for 15-10 at half-time.
A stalemate followed the resumption until 15 minutes had passed.
Whitby were keeping Moortown in their own 22 with the forwards dominating.
Any turnovers were reversed by some strong tackling from Whitby. Eventually the break came when the ball was passed to Luke Brown who powered over the tryline, this was converted by Tom Wood.
Straight from the restart, strong running from the Whitby forwards, notably JJ Wood and Tyler saw the ball passed to James Grimont who ran through a gap in the defence to score under the posts. He converted his own try.
Going nearly 20 points behind seemed to stir Moortown who came back strongly to score their third try.
The play returned to the Moortown half of the field and James Astin was able to intercept a wayward pass to score under the posts.
This was converted by Grimont.
In the final few minutes, Whitby gave away a series of penalties which allowed Moortown to camp on their tryline. The last action of the game was an unconverted try by Moortown.
Man of the match: Nathan Kaz
Moortown U16s 20 Whitby U16s 36