Rugby Union: Wath back to winning ways

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After a disappointing Christmas period, Wath-upon-Dearne RUFC returned to winning ways with a 45-10 win over Pontefract.

The writing was on the wall for the visitors when Wath took an early lead, Aaron Tasker sliding over in the corner following good work from Ian Barker and Richard Hill.

Pontefract responded with a straightforward penalty in front of the posts, but a trademark try from Simon Lines extended the lead further. A five metre line out proved too powerful to stop, and the skipper crashed over.

The next period saw Pontefracct dominate the possession and territory stats as they continually looked for a gap in the Wath defensive line. But none were found, and Wath held out for a 12-3 half-time lead.

An animated half-time team talk from Lines saw his side come out for the second half firing on all cyclinders.

Tasker enjoyed a half break before he found Steve Mason out wide. The powerhouse winger still had plenty to do, but he powered through two attempted tackles and stretched out to score.

The great start to the second half continued, as Wath sealed their second bonus point with their fourth try.

From a scrum just outside the 22, Tasker made good ground before popping the ball to Barker, who raced away to score on 45 minutes.

In a mirror image of his first try, Lines went over for his second on 50 minutes, from another destructive maul from close range.

The visitors then got their only score of the second half, powering over after a sustained period of pressure.

The next try came from some superb defensive work.

Ponte looked to run the ball from their 22, but a bone-crunching tackle from centre Tom Swann saw the ball spilled. Wing Tom Quinn was the most alert and produced some superb football skills to send the ball to the corner, before outpacing his man and touching down.

The final try of the match came in overtime, Richard Hill crashing over in the corner following a series of strong forward runs.

“It was a great result, but much more importantly a greatly improved performance from the whole team,” a Wath spokesperson said.

“The particular highlight was the back row, with an average age of just 23.”