RUGBY UNION: Hornets sting Adwick in derby day defeat

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ROSSINGTON Hornets prevailed over borough rivals Adwick le Street in a hard-fought Yorkshire Five derby on Saturday.

Hornets drew first blood with their No 8 Scott Johnson neatly side-stepping two challenges before a good spell of handling found winger Thorne Rowan to go over in the corner.

Rossington had ten points on the board before Adwick struck back through a penalty from Shaun Flaherty and although he added another before half time, Sam Millward ensured that Hornets led at the break, running in a try from 40 metres out.

Aron Haxell’s second half try and Kai Wheatley’s kicking stretched the lead out for Hornets in the second half and they went on to win 23-9.

Wheatley Hills bounced back from their defeat to Darlington by taking a convincing victory over Northern in their latest North One East clash.

The game was an even affair for the first half an hour but then it came to life when Northern stand-off Donal Collins slotted over an easy penalty to kickstart the match.

Wheatley soon responded when No 8 Gareth Burns went over to score a try in the corner following a line-out. Jonathan Woodcock was left with a tricky conversion from out wide but nailed it as he has done so often this season.

Just five minutes later, right winger Jamie Webb put Wheatley even further ahead as he went over in the exact same spot as Burns to make it 14-3 at the break.

With seven minutes of the second half played, flanker Tom Buckenham put the ball down over the chalk line, just under the posts leaving an easy conversion for Woodcock.

Two minutes later, second row Dan Undy ran 40 yards to further stamp Wheatley’s mark on the scoreboard and although Northern did strike back, a second try from Buckenham sealed the points.

Doncaster Phoenix underlined their superiority in Yorkshire Division Two when they ran in five tries to none in a 36-5 victory over Moortown at Leeds.

Phoenix opted to play against the slope and wind in the first half and, after conceding a penalty in the first three minutes, kept their lines intact until the break.

It was one-way traffic after the turnaround as skipper Andy Ellis touched down for the first try of the match to set the ball rolling.

His fellow centre Dan Greenslade then raced over, and there were further tries for scrum-half Tim Elliott, prop Peter Atkinson and No 8 Ryan Peacey.

Johnny Stewart converted four out of five as well as landing a penalty goal.

Their latest win saw Phoenix maintain their lead over Selby and Yarnbury, who both also scored bonus-winning victories.

Wath on Dearne moved into the top three of Yorkshire Division One when they completed the season’s double over Halifax rivals Old Brodleians at Moor Road.

Fly-half Martin Bray scored the only try of the first half as Wath turned round 8-3 ahead, but Bray raced over again early in the second half as the floodgates opened.

Adam West, at full-back, also touched down twice, and the final try was from winger Andy Barrass.

Tom Quinn, who had kicked Wath into an early lead with a penalty goal, landed two of the conversions.

Thornensians moved up from fifth to fourth place in Yorkshire Division Three with a 35-10 home victory over Leeds rivals Burley.

Thorne, after playing well for the first ten minutes without managing to score, conceded the first try of the match when they let Burley in midway through the first half.

The try was converted, and the visitors then added a penalty to go 10-0 up before Thorne fought their way back into the game.

The turning point came when Thorne reshuffled their side, Greg Linsdell coming into the centre and Aidan Smith moving into the second row.

As half time approached they pulled back a try by No 8 Ryan Pilley, and on the stroke of half time they increased their lead to 15-10 when Brett Hunt, who had switched from wing to full-back for the previous week’s match at Bramley, raced over for his 22nd try of the season.

Ollie Cox converted and then added a penalty goal with the last kick of the first half. Cox added another penalty ten minutes after the restart.

Replacement winger Gareth Sutton went in for another try midway through the second half, followed ten minutes later by another from flanker and captain James Fenwick.

Then, with five minutes remaining, Thorne sealed their victory with Hunt’s second try.

Doncaster Amateurs shut out Rotherham Clifton as they beat their South Yorkshire rivals 20-0 on Saturday.

Clifton have one of the strongest packs in the league but Amateurs stuck to their task well and used their backs to score the tries.

The first half was tight with only three points separating the teams at the break, courtesy of a Joe Gomes penalty.

It was full back Gomes who scored the first try of the game midway through the second half as he rounded off some slick handling in the corner.

Further tries from Oli Prescott and fly half Mark Steadman completed the win.