It was a tough opening game that will no doubt set the precedent for the 2014-15 Yorkshire 4 season. Strong pressure from Halifax paid dividends and at half-time the visitors had a 0-12 lead from two tries, despite Oaks making good ground late in the first half.
The second half started promisingly for Oaks as they continued dominance in the scrum, led by tighthead Alec Dewell. Following continued pressure deep an Oaks scrum 5 metres out lead to a well-deserved try scored by number 8 Simon Buckley on his début. The conversion was added by Lawrence Canham, levelling out the score somewhat to 7-12.
Oaks were buoyed by the score and attempted to mount further pressure, unfortunately this couldn’t be sustained and Halifax were soon back in the Sheffield half. Halifax score a penalty and a third try to take the score to 7-22.
The last play of the game Halifax managed to pounce on the ball following confusion at a scrum, the ball coming straight back out allowed Halifax the opportunity to break down the touchline and score in the corner, making the final score 7-27.
Sheffield Oaks took away lots of positives from the game, a number of players turning in fantastic performances. Special mention has to go to the Oaks front 3 with Stav Kontou backing up the promise he has shown all pre-season and props Alec Dewell and Tom Green being ever the force at scrum time.
This Saturday’s match sees Sheffield Oaks travel to York R.I in what will be an opportunity to make up for last year’s loss.
The following weekend we will be fielding 2 teams, the 1st XV will be at home to Halifax Vandals and the 2nd XV play a friendly away at Wortley.