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10 of the best as Wyke demolish Wibsey

10 of the best as Wyke demolish Wibsey

By John Rayner
1 September
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10 of the best as Wyke demolish Wibsey


With all the talk on social media been about how Wibsey would go to Wyke and spoil the party, Wyke decided a demolition job was the only way to silence their neighbours. With Luke Robinson and the impressive Nathan Marchant leading the pack it was clear from the off Wykes forwards were in no mood to allow the plucky visitors to get a foothold in the game with some tackling that seemed to be sending the Wibsey forwards backwards. Wykes attack was solid but with 2 disallowed tries in the first ten minutes they finally got on the sheet when lively hooker Oscar Woodhead spotted a gap. Next Calvin Barker crossed for his 25th try of the season in all competitions. Wykes discipline with the ball in hand was questionable at times and an error allowed the visitors to go up the field and after 4 shuddering tackles on their own line the Wibsey hooker dived over to bring them back into the game. Wyke introduced man of the match Coby Kittsen who seemed to galvanise the attack and quickly started what was the try of the game when he jumped out of the ruck to find James Cullen who shot through a hole in the Wibsey line and with three players in the rolling tackle he somehow found giant wingman Cameron Foster on the inside who went in untouched under the sticks from the halfway line. This was quickly followed up by a great try where Marchant received a line ball from Jordan Payton to cross out wide. Wibsey did put some pressure on Wyke but with fullback Jimmy Waine taking everything that went high and anyone that broke through, the visitors ran out of ideas. The half ended under a shadow of punches when Wibsey second row forward Callum Knight decided he was going to become the enforcer and punched Wyke’s smallest player Coby Kittsen, this wasn’t taken lightly by the Wyke pack who duly took up the challenge laid by the Wibsey man. It couldn’t get much worse for Wibsey however the referee decided to send off the Wibsey man leaving the full Wyke ream in the park. Clarkson kicked 3 out of 4 to ensure Wyke were 22-4 up at the turn. In the second half Wibsey had it all to do with a man down and 3 converted scores behind and Wyke who had their tails up after the altercation just before half time, put them to the sword, running 6 tries in up the hill. First Charles Grocock went through 4 would be tacklers to score a well deserved try. Next good hands from Brad Peel found Tevin Campbell who barged his way over. Next to the party came Willy Woodhead who dived over to score his first for the black and whites and when standoff Brad Clarkson started to get involved he quickly grabbed a double. By this point Wibsey were wishing they had not come to the party let alone try to spoil it and when good hands from clarkson and Jordan Payton found burly forward Ryan (Boris) Kershaw he managed to dance his way through the Wibsey defence and run behind the sticks to complete the job, much to the large Wyke crowds delight. Clarkson added 4 more goals to finish With a personal tally of 22 and ensure Wyke won 54-4.
Coach Ian Wormald said after the game “I thought it would be difficult to get the lads up for this game, as it was a nothing game for us, but with the Wibsey boys goading our lads on social media they did my job for me. I was really impressed with our forwards today who turned up to show the Wibsey pack they are no mugs. Our backs looked lively and with a few new partnerships working well I’ve got a positive headache. This team has not lost a home league game in two seasons which is impressive but we have bigger games and bigger days to come for this bunch of lads. We go to Keighley on Friday night where I will be resting a few and trying a few more things out but I’m confident we can do the job over there and go into the semi finals in good shape”.
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