Rugby Union: Sheriden sparkles as Wetherby make it perfect ten

Wetherby's Connor Sheriden (Guy Roberts)
Wetherby's Connor Sheriden (Guy Roberts)

Wetherby stretched their perfect streak in Yorkshire Four to ten matches with another emphatic triumph in the derby on Saturday.

Wetherby now lead at the top by 14 points after thumping local rivals Knaresborough 90-12 at Grange Park.

Mike McHugh’s troops ran riot against the side sitting fourth bottom and the Reds scored 14 tries on another dominant afternoon.

They boast the strongest attack and tightest defence in the league, and have now scored 657 points this campaign, 323 more than the second most impressive attack Mosborough.

At the other end, Wetherby have only conceded 53 points this season – 124 points fewer than the next strongest Halifax Vandals.
Within a quarter of an hour on Saturday, the Reds had earned their bonus point for scoring four tries.

The first came from a flowing move which enabled Rob Adair to score. 

Myles Oates started and finished the second with Jack Kaye and Conor Sheriden completing the four.

Jonny Wheatley scored next and Sheriden followed suit, a try that he converted along with four others. Before half time Wheatley scored his second and David Adair got himself on the scoresheet leaving the half-time score at 54-0

Fly-half Sheriden continued to sparkle and he went on to score six tries and kicked 10 conversions in the game.

Knaresborough kept plugging away despite the dispiriting scoreline and tightened up their defence for a while after the break.

Their forwards made it more difficult for the Reds and they set up two tries, with one converted. However Wetherby’s pace was too much for the visitors.

Club spokesman Mel Jones said: “Overall this was a thumping victory and the Reds first half display was a most complete performance. Their pace and support play was superb to which Knaresborough had no answer.”

Sixth-placed Skipton head into Saturday’s contest in strong run of form and they overpowered Sheffield Oaks 46-29 away last weekend.

The North Yorkshire outfit will bid for a fourth win in a row against Wetherby following other victories against Halifax and Wensleydale.

Should Wetherby claim a bonus-point victory, they would complete a clean sweep in the first half of the season.