Rugby Union: Yorkshire Cup victory for Dinnington kids, over local rivals Sheffield

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Dinnington Rugby Club Under 14s are into the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Cup after beating local rivals Sheffield 27-5.

Despite some key players unavailable through injury, Dinnington showed strength in depth.

Dinnington dominated early possession up front forcing Sheffield to defend, before Callum Hancock took a quick tap penalty to open the scoring.

The pressure continued as they secured the ball from the scrum and Jay Tiplady released the backline, quick hands from Tom Hurdley and Joni Green fed Jayden O’Gara and his break down the left was well supported by Harry Williams, who powered over to score. Tom Hurdley slotted the conversion.

Sheffield hit back when quick movement from a penalty allowed them to run take full advantage of an overlap to score.

Only a superb cover tackle from Giorgio Gilardoni against a much bigger opponent, snuffed out Sheffield’s next threat.

In the second half Jack Baldry was responsible for disrupting Sheffield’s attacks, before Dinnington hooker Jack Baldry struck against the head, Tiplady picked up from the base and darted over to touch down.

Another scrum was awarded close to the visitor’s line, captain Ellis Harrison picked up and made a dive for the line, and although he was held up, Connor Hancock was on hand to power over.

With time ticking away, Dinnington saved their best until last.

Working inside a tight, five metre channel on the right wing, the forwards began to make steady progress, keeping the ball alive and away from contact, until Sheffield simply ran out of defenders.

The hard-working Tom Bell finished it off with a try out wide.

Men of the Match were Baldry, from the forwards, with Gilardoni and Tiplady sharing the award for the backs.

The squad would like to thank match day sponsors Pete and Linda Siddons of Direct Diamond Products Ltd.