Rugby Union: Magic Morley defeat champions Phoenix

Iain Sim scores for Morley. Pic: Dennis Elam
Iain Sim scores for Morley. Pic: Dennis Elam

In a sensational game of rugby union at Scatcherd Lane, Morley defeated North One East champions Doncaster Phoenix 29-24 on Saturday.

The result had no bearing on league positions at the top but the play-off bound home side produced a brilliant display in front of a big crowd.

The hosts led from the moment Harri Collier slotted over a third-minute penalty and he added the extras to Richard Knowles’ try on seven minutes.

Both sides went close to crossing in a scintillating first half but the home side extended their advantage shortly before the break courtesy of a superb individual score from Iain Sim, improved by Collier.

Andy Ellis responded with a try for Phoenix, goaled by Jamie Lennard, and the visitors scored again early in the second half, James Wright crossing to make it 17-12.

Lee Wallace was yellow-carded for the visitors and Morley took advantage, Andy Funnell going over and Collier converting.

Wright bagged his second in reply but Josh Longson raced away from a ruck to bag Morley’s fourth of the day.

Lennard’s self-converted try on 69 minutes set up a pulsating climax to the game but Morley held out.

Morley travel to Wheatley Hills in their penultimate league game of the season on Saturday (3pm).

The crowd was swelled by members of the Morley Chamber of Trade and Commerce, as well as Morley U16s who held their annual awards and presentation event after the match. The Maroons’ junior section also held a race night in the evening.