Rugby Union: Red-hot Wetherby romp to Knaresborough win

Danny Warden muscling through (Guy Roberts)
Danny Warden muscling through (Guy Roberts)

The quite incredible season for Wetherby Rugby Club continued with a simple demolition job over neighbours Knaresborough on Saturday.

Myles Oates scored a quadruple of tries as Wetherby racked up more than 100 points in a match for the third time this season, winning 128-5.

Fly-half Connor Sheriden also extended his impeccable run on try-scoring with a hat-trick of scores alongside Will Jefferson.

Graham Bulmer also made an instant impression in the Reds first team squad with a try on debut.

However, the try of the game went to prop Elliott Griffiths who also took the Reds’ man of the match award.

George Gilbert (2), Tom Bottomley, Danny Warden, Harry Kaye, Jack Kaye, Nick Oates and captain James Gibson also surged over for tries.

Knaresborough will have nightmares over the three encounters with Wetherby this season, having conceded more than 300 points

However, the bottom side plugged on until the final whistle on Saturday and scored in the corner late on.”

Gibson said: “Knaresborough weren’t as tough as were expecting.

“We thought they would bring a strong squad but they were a bit weak, so we capitalised on that.

“We took them apart and exposed their weaknesses and it turned out fairly easy.

“Everyone played their own part but it was a game that didn’t really help either team.

“It’s always nice to win but those scorelines are not always the most satisfying, and the lads were annoyed to concede late on which took the gloss off it.”

Wetherby are now honing in on the hundred point mark in Yorkshire Four and are within two victories of a near-perfect unbeaten season.

Their only blemish came against York Railway Institute on January 10 when the Reds failed to notch a winning bonus point.

Mike McHugh-Hicks’ side have now scored a remarkable 1,170 points in the league this campaign and boast a points differential of 1066.

The Grange Park outfit have a rest week over the Easter break before returning to action at promotion hunting Skipton on April 11.

Wetherby Crusaders play Burley away in a friendly this Saturday.