Yorkshire Four: Twenty-try Wetherby smash club points record

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Wetherby Rugby Club re-wrote the history books in a “perfect” display to humiliate Sheffield Oaks on Saturday.

The table topping Reds ran in 20 tries to obliterate the club’s long-standing points record as they hammered the Steel City men 136-0 at Grange Park.

“It was the perfect game,” hailed head coach Mike McHugh.

“Everything we attempted came off. We were clinical in every aspect of the game.”

The scorekeepers were given a busy day at the office throughout the Yorkshire Four clash as the Red’s pace and sublime handling became too much for the visitors.

Eleven players forced their way over the try-line, with only two missed conversions. 

Barney Roberts and Myles Oates each scored four tries and the Adair Brothers (Rob and David) got two apiece.

The forwards were not outshone with Tom Edwards getting two and props Bradley Mason and Elliot Griffiths scoring. Will Dutton and Tom Bottomley also added one apiece with the golden boots of Connor Sheriden (10 goals plus a try) andAlex Dus (eight conversions) adding to the rout.

“We played like it was 0-0 throughout the match,” added McHugh.

“It’s very unusual to get a score like that on the basis that sides nearly always give up when and lose enthusiasm.

“We didn’t lose any of it and put in a full 80 minutes which is testament to how hard the lads have trained.”

McHugh has been at the Reds for little over a year and has overseen a transformation to install a greater professionalism at Grange Park.

The summer signing of former Harrogate player Rob Adair gave the Reds support a first glimpse at what McHugh was hoping to achieve.

And the Reds have responded on the field by marching to the top of Yorkshire Four with seven straight bonus point wins – and no team has scored a try against them this month.

“Rob coming back shows where our ambition is. We want to get to Yorkshire One,” coach McHugh added.

“This is the first steps. Wetherby is a big enough club.

“We have fantastic facilities and we have infrastructure now that can definitely get there.

“We are moving forward game by game and hopefully the improvements continue.

“However, we haevnt’ achieved anything yet. This week it starts at 0-0 again and the players know that.”

This Saturday, Wetherby head to their closest rivals in the league Leeds Corinthians – with both side’s unbeaten runs at stake.

The Leeds side have won six of their opening seven matches, with only one draw against Halifax Vandals putting a blot on their card.

Wetherby thrashed the Vandals 40-6 earlier this season and present a much higher points difference over the Leeds side.