A GAME of thrills and spills was enjoyed by all spectators as Wharfedale ran out worthy winners against a spirited Huddersfield side on Saturday.

Wharfedale dominated the scrum and had copious amounts of possession but were also guilty of not being clinical when in scoring positions. Huddersfield's number eight, Edward Brown, managed to get the ball out of a few retreating scrums, otherwise the visitors would have had even less possession.

The opening minute could have been a blueprint for the match as Dale ran the ball from kick off and some good handling took them up to half way before over complication lead to a spill and a Huddersfield scrum. The Green Machine drove the field eight back and won a penalty.

Dale opened the scoring, with a Tom Davidson penalty. Sam Nunn crossed the whitewash for Huddersfield, Will Milner’s conversion took them into a 7-3 lead. Minutes later, Madison Hunting crossed for Wharfedale for an unconverted try and then Milner nudged Field back into the lead with a penalty.

Dale reclaimed the lead before half-time ,with a cracking try from Rian Hamilton. Davidson converted to make the score 15 -10 at the break.

He then opened the scoring in the second half with a penalty.

The Green Machine then drove Huddersfield back from a five-metre scrum and Josh Burridge scored a converted try.

Back came Huddersfield and prop, Lewis Brook, broke through to touch down for a converted try.

Will Lawn scored two more tries for Dale and, with Davidson converting one of them, Dale had a 20-point lead. Huddersfield kept going and Lewis Bradley and Edward Brown grabbed the two late converted tries.

Gaz Lewis, Huddersfield Head Coach, said after the game: “We had a real shortage of front row cover and were forced to bring in lads from the second and third teams.

"I'm really pleased to come away with two points and full credit to the lads who turned out. They should be proud of their appearance in the Huddersfield shirt”.

Jon Feeley said: “Following the Loughborough game, we had a steep hill to climb this week to prepare for a team on a high from beating Rotherham. Thursday was the only session where we had enough able-bodied men to allow us to work on the specific plans for today. But when we face such adversity our character as a club comes to the fore.

"Yes, I’m disappointed we conceded some soft scores, but equally proud of scoring 37 points through some really ambitious and entertaining play. I still think we left more tries out there. I’m loving seeing these young players develop so quickly, and that is really promising for the future.”

Madison Hunting continued to show superb progress and despite some good performances from other team members, he was a popular choice for Star Man in the Rugby Paper.

Next week sees the last away match of the season and a trip over to Harrogate for Dale. Gate took a rest last week as they could not field a front row, but their website said “The season-highlight Wharfedale game at home on 23/4 will go ahead as planned.”

Wharfedale: Bullough; Hamilton, Blakeney-Edwards, Moore, Cicognini (Verity 57); Davidson, Kaup-Samuels (Lawn 57); J. Altham (Wells 72), Hunting, Dickinson, Green (Smith Jnr 70), Stockton, Carlson (Green 79), Pinder, Burridge (c) Replacement not use S. Graham