Pirates prospects power past hosts Crigglestone All Blacks

The young Pirates in action

Scarborough Pirates Under-11s picked up their first win of the season against Crigglestone All Blacks.

The junior side, who are only in their second season, travelled to Wakefield to take on an established All Blacks side.

Harry Burgess of the Pirates on the charge

The away side opened up the scoring through speedster Oliver Wells, after some strong forward work wrong-footed the defence with fancy feet, sprinting to the line for a try converted by Cooper Paddock.

Crigglestone scored next and the match was end-to-end until prop forward Harry Burgess powered his way over, converted by Will Stokoe.

The home side then landed with with two converted tries, but good field position made by Reece Gallagher, Chloe and Lilly Wallace laid a platform for Stokoe to cross, converted by Paddock.

Crigglestone, not to be outdone, scored again to leave a half-time score of 24-18

The opening set of the second half saw Burgess clear half the field, bouncing off defenders to cross, converted by Stokoe.

Sam Mangham then used his speed to evade a number of onrushing defenders to score in the corner, the try converted by Paddock.

Again Crigglestone responded, but missed their conversion and Burgess powered over again before Stokoe converted.

Criggleston scored again but after an earlier try was chalked off, Paddock didn’t give up and managed to power his way over and converted his own try.

Crigglestone had the last word and claimed the last try of the game shortly before the final whistle, but the Pirates had already sealed the win.

Coaches Keith Paddock and Nick Burgess were over the moon with the team’s performance.

The game was very end-to-end and there was some strong defence and well worked tries.

Special mention to Charlie Burgess, who battled on through sickness.

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