Published on Sunday, 20 December 2015 13:04
Written by Scoop
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MORLEY 50 – 15 PERCY PARK
Whoever at the RFU decided that league games should be played on the Saturday before Christmas did no favours to Percy Park, and daresay many other clubs throughout the country. With all the distractions of Christmas shopping, works parties, and other sundry unavailabilities not to mention injuries, Percy Park hit the road to Morley with 15 players as frantic phone calls resulted in the half back pairing from the Lions being snatched and driven south by car to make up a geriatric bench.
Promotion favourites Morley, had lost narrowly in the previous week at the hands of league leaders Doncaster Phoenix, and were looking to end 2015 with a double over Park having won the season home opener at Preston Avenue 21 – 10. With Park missing skipper Andy Dunn and Michael Langlands in the pack and Ricki Hasnip, Ali Blair and Kieran Sutherland in the back line, they were forced into a game of chance in the midfield which sadly turned into a game of Russian roulette with several loaded chambers, as Morley ran in 3 tries in the first 8 minutes.
South African full back Dante Van der Merwe made short work of the heavy conditions as he danced his way through the Park defence for the opening try in the first minute, scores from Richard Knowles and then wing Karl Bradshaw cut the Park defence to shreds as the Morley back line looked as though they would score every time they had the ball in hand.
Park shook off the early onslaught and opened their account with a Paul Spowart penalty before the Maroons scored their bonus point try on 17 minutes as Van der Merwe scored his second try of the game, which was duly converted by former Leeds Carnegie player Mark Chester.
Things looked even bleaker for the black and whites as a fumbled ball on half way led to a kick through and a fifth try this time by centre Scott Gwynne. Chester converted on 21 minutes the home side were already out of sight at 31 – 3.
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