U17s: CUMBRIA 18 YORKSHIRE 52
Yorkshire travelled to Millom to open the BARLA Three Counties Under 17 Championship and came away from Cumbria with a resounding win.
The White Rose took an early stranglehold on the game with early tries from Castleford Lock Lane centre Max Kirkbright and Normanton second row Luke Roe and with West Hull winger Tyler Fisher adding the first two of six goals to make it 12-0. Cumbria briefly threatened by Yorkshire's defence remained steadfast and before half-time they had scored two more tries through Fisher and opposite winger Elliott Bell (Castleford Panthers).
Yorkshire looked comfortable at half-time, but the Cumbrians made a good start to the second half with Martin Brun (Barrow Island) charging strongly. Club team-mate and skipper Will Hadwen then went close before Hensingham hooker Deon Crowe fired the pass inside for Brun to twist under the posts. Millom scrum-half Jack Newbegin hit the first of three goals to put Cumbria on the scoreboard.
That elation was short lived and Yorkshire were ruthless, crossing for three quickfire tries from Ethan Davidson (Stanningley), Bell's second and a deserved effort for Wibsey's Callum McGrath. Before that McGrath effort, Cumbria again constructed some nice play with Millom prop Rio McQuiston chasing down a pin-point Newbegin grubber kick.
Trailing 38-12, the Cumbrian defence creaked and they conceded again when impressive substitute Byron Lisle (West Bowling) finished and Fisher completed his goal-tally.
Wath Brow centre Morgan Ackerly then showed his strength and pace, breaking from a scrum forty metres out to sail to the line. Newbegin's goal made it 18-44. Yorkshire still weren't done and finished strongly with two more tries before full-time as Wesley Bruins (Shaw Cross) sent Lisle in for his second try before Lisle turned creator with a pass for centre Frankie Gibson (Stanningley). Bruins was unable to add the final kick but the full-time whistle confirmed a comfortable winning margin.
Cumbria now travel to Lancashire to take on the Red Rose at Thatto Heath, with the second game in this U17s series taking place on Sunday November 3.
Cumbria: Ryan Wilson (Walney Central), Jake Rothery (Hensingham), Morgan Ackerly (Wath Brow), Alex Marsden (Egremont), Jackson Traverse (Seaton); Pat Cush (Ulverston), Jack Newbegin (Millom); Daniel Hartley (Millom), Deon Crowe (Hensingham), Rio McQuiston (Millom), Tyler Richardson (Hensingham), Martin Brun (Barrow Island), Will Hadwen (c) (Barrow Island). Subs: Jackson Donnan (Ulverston), David Beck (Ulverston), Jamie McQuire (Millom), Jack Stevens (Walney Central).
Yorshire: Wesley Bruins (Shaw Cross), Elliott Bell (Castleford Panthers), Max Kirkbright (Lock Lane), Frankie Gibson (Stanningley), Tyler Fisher (West Hull); Kyle Cranswick (Castleford Panthers), Tom Verity (West Hull); Paul Chitakunye (Shaw Cross), Kian Lister (Shaw Cross), Ethan Lewis (Siddal), Callum McGrath (Wibsey), Luke Roe (Normanton), Alex Hindle (Heworth). Subs: Oliver Tomlinson (Shaw Cross), Brett McDonald (Castleford Panthers), Byron Lisle (West Bowling), Ethan Davidson (Stanningley).
The Open Age and Under 19 BARLA Three Counties Championships get underway next weekend with a double header fixture at Twist Lane, home of Leigh Miners Rangers. Both of Lancashire's games against Cumbria take place on Saturday November 2 with the Under 19s fixture kicking off at 1:00pm and the Open Age game following at 2:30pm.