Warriors U16s edge thrilling cup tie

DRIGHLINGTON under 16s put up a terrific performance in defeat against the well fancied Hunslet Warriors under 16s in a closely contested National Cup tie.

The gap grows ever closer between these teams as the Drig boys had the Warriors worried.

It was a hard fought grind of a game with the heavy conditions adding to the effort required to make the attacking yards.

It was Drig who took the lead inside 10 minutes when good passing play saw the ball make its way out wide to full back Hellewell who dance past two defenders to score.

The Warriors hit back and just edged the first half by scoring two tries to lead 10-4 at half- time, but the second period continued in the same vain as the first with Hellewell scoring again for Drig.

The final score was 20-10 to Hunslet, although there had was not 10 points difference in these sides and Drig more than held their own. Good forward play came from captain Lillycrop with praise also given to the ever reliable Hellewell. However, so many players stood up and were counted, Ormenroyd, Haigh, Tate and Edwards each giving their all.

Drighlington under 14s never needed to get out of second gear in a National Cup game against Latchford Albion Unicorns which they dominated from the first whistle.

A hat-trick of tries from Blake and Tolson with a brace from Smith and a try for Jesson saw the home side victorious to the tune of 46 points to 10 against opponents from Warrington.

Conditions were heavy and the rugby was not pretty at times, but Drighlington make the next round of the cup with an away trip to Kells in Cumbria, passports at the ready boys.