Wath RUFC: Firsts cruise into third with Heath win

Joe Bartlett claimed Wath's bonus point try.
Joe Bartlett claimed Wath's bonus point try.

Wath Upon Dearne RUFC 1st XV bagged a bonus point win on Saturday at home against Heath thanks to a 22-3 success.

The hosts were looking to build upon the previous weeks’ win after a good start too the season and they did so grabbing maximum points from their third home fixture of the new campaign.

Both sides took a while to settle into the game in the early stages and Wath were recipiants of a string of early penalties.

As a result, shortly after the ten minute mark, the pack surged close to the line and just 5 metres out, it was the familiar sight of second row forward Simon Lines who was on hand to grab the plaudits and get the first try, which went unconverted to leave the score at 5-0 to Wath.

The second try was all about Wath’s backs, after a dropped Heath pass allowed Andy Beardshall to set off down the wing and produce a fine dummy to sprint close.

He was eventually hauled down but Wath recycled the ball quickly and sped it down the line to the opposite wing. Brett Small had some space to work and needed no second invitation to sprint in at the corner to make it 10-0.

Before the half was over Heath got themselves on the score sheet with a well struck penalty from Ezra Hinchcliffe to leave it at 10-3 at half time, but it was Wath who were in control.

Wath began the second half on the attack and had the edge in the scrum and the pressure began to tell on the visitors, with two players sent to the sin bin in fairly quick succession.

The home side were looking to make the numerical advantage pay, when Brett Small received the ball from a scrum and was able to sneak over for the third try.

With Heath returning to a full compliment, Wath lock Richard Hill was then shown yellow during which time Heath missed a penalty attempt and went close to scoring, with superb defence from Brad Taylor stopping what would have been a certain try by holding the ball up after the Heath forwards had got over the Wath line.

With the scoreline at 17-3 approaching the last five minutes it looked as though Wath had their win, but they sensed an opportunity to push for a bonus point try, and they got their reward.

The pack set a good platform going close to the line, with scrum half Joe Bartlett on hand to throw a trademark dummy and grab the bonus point try, sealing an impressive victory for Wath.

Wath travel to face Yarnbury away from home this Saturday as they go in search of their first away success of the season. Wath are up to third in the table but face a tough test at Yarnbury who have won both of their home games so far this campaign.