Ten Try Development Team Rout Keighley’s Stags
Huddersfield Development 58
(Tries N.Bell, P.Hampshire x2, G. Rhodes, C. Foreman x2, J.Cook, B.Summers, X.Nash, T.Lee. Con T.Lee x4)
Keighley Stags 6
Four tries for the forwards and six tries for the backs was a fair reflection of the all-round performance of this ‘developing’ development team. A week after beating Morley in the opening fixture of the season, progression in confidence and teamwork was visible for all to see.
Keighley brought a big physical side to Lockwood Park. To not concede any tries is a real testament to the work rate in defence across the pitch. However, the day was really brought to life by some superb attacking skills.
Dom Georgiou looked electric and threatened whenever he got the ball. Amazingly he didn’t manage to get over the whitewash. However, it was his searing break, following great work from Pete Hampshire and Lewis Book to turnover Keighley ball, which put Nathan Bell into space to score the first try after 5 minutes.
Keighley then had a good period of pressure. Some big lads carrying hard rocked field and a couple of breakdown penalties brought Keighley to within a point.
Injuries to Jack Rowan with nipple chafing and Callum Swift with Jock Itch threatened to derail the afternoon however with 9 subs available reinforcements contributed fully to the game.
Pete Hampshire bounced off a few defenders from close range to score, soon followed by Gav Rhodes in similar fashion following one of many breaks from scrum half Billy Summers.
Charlie Foreman finished off superb backs move and showed pace to score the first of his brace.
Just before half time Josh Cook hit an excellent line at surprising pace to crash over from 10 metres out.
29-6 at half time
The second half began with another early score. A scrum on halfway resulted in Billy Summers breaking from the base and showing a clean pair of heals to multiple defenders. Shear pace taking him all the under the posts. Tom Lee not missing the easy conversion.
Pete Hampshire scored his second following more good work from the forwards
Charlie Foreman scored his second taking his opposing winger on the outside with a classic winger’s finish.
Xander Nash was causing havoc in space on the right wing. His opposite winger received an almighty hand off and almost landed on the balcony. It was no surprise for Xander to finish off a lovely backs move in the right corner with another trademark swat over the full back as he scored.
The tenth and final try went to Tom Lee with his now trademarked ‘goose step’ giving him space to use his speed to go over almost unopposed.
Keighley to be fair stuck at it the full eighty mins and had good periods of pressure which tested the defence. Rhys Forryan on club debut was a thorn in their side at the breakdown. Leighton Davies with his first full game in five years was superb.
A comprehensive team performance and more pressure on the first team boys for their shirts…