Stunning victory for Old Grovians

Wharfedale Observer: Ben Magee bagged a hat-trick as Leeds Medics & Dentists were put to the sword in no uncertain terms Ben Magee bagged a hat-trick as Leeds Medics & Dentists were put to the sword in no uncertain terms

Leeds Medics & Dentists 0, Old Grovians 47

This SSE Yorkshire Division Three performance by Old Grovians was as stunning as the result was emphatic!

Leeds Medics & Dentists were not only beaten in this contest but, for the first time this season, they didn't even get on the scoreboard.

True, some will point to a changed Leeds side to the one that won an enthralling contest at Elm Tree Farm earlier this season but that will be little comfort to a team who came into this game ready to celebrate winning promotion.

Instead they finished it second best to an Old Grovians side who dominated in all areas, except the penalty count!

Lock Jack Baker was a powerhouse in the pack, while skipper Chris Blackhall showed glimpses of his old form, bouncing off would-be tacklers as the visitors constantly got over the gain line.

Centre Anthony Griffin was again a stand-out player in the back line and with the Magee brothers, Aaron and Ben, providing searing speed down the flanks, Old Grovians were lethal in attack.

Both crossed the try-line in the opening ten minutes, with the full back left flat-footed on each occasion.

On the other side of the ball, the diminutive figure of Joe Harrison was a one-man tackling machine and, despite conceding far too many penalties, Old Grovians, bolstered by the experience and size of John Oakes in the front row, never allowed Leeds to find any rhythm.

By half-time, Old Grovians led 20-0 and shortly after they effectively ended this game as a contest.

The outstanding Baker scored their third try with Oakes in the sin bin. Ben Magee added two more to complete his hat-trick and, but for a couple of missed conversions, the embarrassment might have been greater still for a Medics side who were never at the races as Old Grovians wracked up 47 unanswered points.

In what has been a long, tough, injury-riddled season for the Yorkshire Three new boys, this result is one which will certainly give everyone at the club plenty to be confident about and one which leaves them still chasing a top-half-of-the-table finish - a target which will be achieved if they can beat Northallerton next week.

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