WHITBY Rugby Club under 17s travelled to York expecting a hard game but dominated in an impressive display.
York started brightly and quickly got into their stride to score an unconverted try in the first few minutes before Whitby settled into the game.
Whitby responded almost immediately and after a short period of dominance by the forwards, the ball was spun out to Whitby stand-off Brad Coulman, who scored under the posts. He then converted his own try.
This was soon followed by Whitby’s second try scored by scrum-half Toby Mok in the corner. This try remained unconverted.
For the remaider of the first half, the game turned into a closely-fought battle with both teams defending well.
Dan Rollins and Aaron Watson tackled tenaciously for Whitby.
Whitby also kept up the previous week’s dominance of the line-out aided by the accurate throwing of Ed Welford.
The first half finished with the score York 5 Whitby 12
The second half started with Whitby attacking instanty. From kick-off ,winger Adam Swalewell gathered the ball and ran deep into the York half.
The ball was dropped as he was tackled and when York failed to gather Whitby forward Bruce Reed picked up the ball and crashed over the tryline, with Brad Coulman converting.
After this, York’s heads started to drop and it didn’t take long until a long kick-off was well caught by Cam Leadley who ran in a fine try, again converted by Brad.
Then York went on the attack and had their best period of pressure. Twice they were camped on the Whitby tryline and only exceptional defending by Ed Welford and Mitch Cannon kept York out.
Eventually, Whitby broke away with a powerful run by Josh Shutt and it wasn’t long until Connor Clements scored Whitby’s sixth try.
This was swiftly followed by Coulman’s third before he increased his conversion tally to six.
York added a consolation at the end but it was long over by then.
York 10 Whitby 47
Try scorers: Brad Coulman 3, Toby Mok, Bruce Reed, Cam Leadley, Connor Clements; conversions: Brad Coulman 6.
Men of the match: Brad Coulman for his magnificent total of 27 points and Adam Swalewell for his tackling and decisive breaks