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Flying start to the season for York RUFC
10:42am Monday 9th September 2013 in Rugby Union
A RIOT of points was produced by York RUFC to savage Yorkshire 1 newcomers Acklam 88-7 in a flying start to the season.
The writing was on the wall for Acklam as early as the fifth minute when full-back Alex Nixon crossed for what would be the first of his four tries. Rich Downey added the conversion.
Two more tries in quick succession followed through Enslin and Nixon, both converted by Downey.
Cakaunitabua, Kerr, and Nixon, for his hat-trick, all crossed, with one goaled by Downey as the hosts’ speed and cutting edge crushed Acklam.
Before half-time Potrykus, Downey and Atkin added further tries, two of which were kicked by Downey for a 59-0 interval lead.
Expansive and exciting rugby from the Clifton Parkers yielded five more tries after the break from Kay, Nicholson, Nixon, Downey and Kerr. Downey sent over three conversions to take his tally to 28 points.
York made several changes in the second half and inevitably, given the ease at which victory had been achieved, took their foot off the gas in the closing stages, which allowed Acklam to gain their sole score late on.
In the same division, Selby RUFC started brightly with a 33-20 conquest of visitors North Ribblesdale.
Pocklington RUFC opened their North 1 East campaign with a hard-earned 18-13 win at home to Sheffield.
Sheffield’s big pack, combined with Pocklington regularly conceding penalties, put the visitors 6-0 up at the interval.
But it was a different story when the sides turned round.
The Pocklington forwards lasted the pace better and got on top for Billy Hardy to level the scores with two penalties.
The hosts’ strong last quarter showing proved decisive.
After the home pack had driven lineout to within sight of the line left-wing Tim Nixon powered over, Hardy converting.
And Pocklington were soon back on the attack for fly-half Pete Massie and centre Josh Britland to drift into space before releasing Hardy, who cut inside to score.
At 18-6 it looked all over, but Pocklington anxieties were raised when Sheffield burrowed under the posts with two minutes to go.
When the two sides met at Pocklington last season Sheffield had stolen the winner nine minutes into stoppage-time, but Pocklington ensured there was no repeat. They tightened up in defence and ran the clock down.
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