WITH temperatures at a spring-like 16C, Whitby kicked off knowing that perfect conditions would produce the perfect game.
The first 10 minutes passed with both teams testing each other’s defences and attacking capabilities.
However, the young Maroons brought an end to this by shooting the ball down the back line to the waiting winger Waddington for 5-0.
Malton stepped up their performance and pressed Whitby back from kick-off. Powerful rucking and mauling took Maroons by surprise and despite ground-breaking tackling from K Woods and Sykes, Malton broke through to secure their only try.
The temperature began to affect Malton and Whitby took their chance. Great rucking by Russell and Samples saw the ball secured and cleaver hand work from Grimont saw captain Kaz surge over the line within seconds to score.
Maroons learnt from their mistake and maintained the high pressure. Once again the wing was the answer and McCormack charged down to the tryline to put in another try just before the half-time whistle for 15-7.
The passionate half-time team talk spurred Whitby on to keep the ever important pressure. In moments, Jackson had delivered a sublime ball to Grimont for a downfield kick. Waddington gathered the expert ball to score under the posts and T Wood converted.
The game continued in Malton’s half for some time. Late in the half, Maroons’ perfect scrum set Brown off on a run, although held up he was able to pass the ball out and quick Whitby hands saw it come to Mayo to score a try. A brilliant conversion followed by T Wood.
Having established such a big lead, Whitby seemed to go quiet for a while, allowing Malton to threaten their tryline, but good defence, notably from Armstrong and Harrison, saw no points scored.
Intelligent kicking by Grimont resulted in a scrum near the opposition try line in the last play. The final scrum held its strength and saw JJ dart off to score for the final time.
A sublime all-round performance by the Whitby lads and much improved use of the wings along with powerful scrummaging and strong tackling left Malton with no answer.
Try-scorers: Waddington 2, Kaz, McCormack, Mayo and JJ.
Man of the match: Waddington - phenomenal running and consistently powerful tackles.
Whitby U16s 34 Malton U16s 7