Wharfedale steamrollered by Rosslyn Park pack

Wharfedale skipper Chris Steel's injury made life tougher for his side

Wharfedale skipper Chris Steel's injury made life tougher for his side

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Wharfedale 3, Rosslyn Park 45 

Rosslyn Park underlined their SSE National League One promotion credentials with a storming six tries to nil victory that was every bit as comprehensive as the scoreline suggests.

Wharfedale, who have lowered the colours of several of the leading sides in the division this season, had no answer to the steamroller that manifested as the visiting pack.

The Greens showed spirit in abundance, and had a fair share of play in the opening quarter – but after that they were simply overrun.

Park should have scored in the first minute, winger Charles Broughton dropping the ball a metre from the line.

From the clearance, Dale won a penalty, converted by fly half Tom Barrett from 48 metres. Five minutes later, Park No 10 Scott Sneddon equalised.

Wharfedale threatened the Park line for a brief period, and Barrett had two further penalty chances beaten by the strong wind, but then the relentless power of the visiting forwards began taking its toll on the home defence.

Scrums were nightmare events for the home pack, yellow cards for No 8 Rob Baldwin and prop Jake Armitage and an injury to prop and skipper Chris Steel making life yet tougher.

By half-time, Park were in complete control, a try by full back Edward Lewis Pratt, plus a penalty try making it 15-3.

The second half was one-way traffic. Sneddon added two further penalties and two conversions, Lewis Pratt grabbed his second try, and flanker Sam Shires, substitute Sam Edgerley and scrum half Callum Grant piled on the agony with tries.

The Dalesmen never let their heads drop, and fought tenaciously to the end. On the day, however, they were facing an irresistible force.

Wharfedale: Scarbrough; Scott, Donkin, Davidson T (W Davidson), Prell; Barrett, Woodhead (Dudman 57); Steel (Dickinson 39), Stockdale (Howick 62), Armstrong, Brown (Mason 71), Burridge, Barnard, Myers, Baldwin.

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