Rugby Union: Wetherby upset the odds to reach Trophy quarters

Wetherby RUFC's Connor Sheriden
Wetherby RUFC's Connor Sheriden

Wetherby Rugby Club reversed the underdog’s tag to reach the Yorkshire Silver Trophy quarter-finals with a 29-10 win at Thornensians on Saturday.

The Yorkshire Four high-fliers continued their fine run of form to dismantle the higher league opposition and set up a last eight visit to Skipton.

The Reds headed to the Yorkshire Three outfit expecting a much sterner test than they have had in recent league games – which had seen them score more than 200 points in two matches.

However playing against a side from a division higher who have won most of their games this year Wetherby showed just how much they have improved this season putting in a terrific performance.

Wetherby started badly giving away a series of penalties which enabled Thorne to take the lead with a try.

Thorne continued to have the upper hand for the first quarter but the Red’s defence held them out.

After 30 minutes the Wetherby pack created a position from which they scored a push over try which was converted from wide out by Connor Sheriden.

Before half time Wetherby produced the killer blow when they put Johnny Wheatley through a gap in midfield and he outpaced the home defence for a converted try. Sheriden converted and then added a penalty to send the Reds in 15-5 up at half time.

The rain came down even harder making handling very difficult and Thorne made mistakes which Wetherby took advantage of with their dominant scrum.

They denied the hosts any space who kept infringing until the Referee ran out of patience and awarded penalty a try, which was converted.

In the latter stages of the game Thorne managed to breach the visitors defence with a try. But in reply the Reds took advantage of a dropped pass and hacked on downfield. Following up were three Wetherby players and it was Barney Roberts who got the touchdown.

Club spokesman Mel Jones said: “This was the most complete performance of the season. Tactically they were very good playing to their strengths up front and defending well.”

This Saturday, Wetherby will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season away to Hornsea.