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Ryan Smith sparkles with Wibsey Warriors hat-trick
Wibsey Warriors 30, Queens 16
Stand-off Ryan Smith posted a superb hat-trick to enable Wibsey to overcome bogey team Queens in the third round of the Hamuel Reichenbacher Yorkshire Cup at Northfield Road.
The Warriors, who had never beaten the Leeds outfit, fell behind before they had sight of the ball when centre Aaron Bishop chased down a speculative kick to win the race to the whitewash.
The hosts hit back in style with a peach of a try when loose forward Adam Jefferson made huge inroads into the visitors’ defence and fast hands found Smith lurking in space.
He left three defenders in his wake as he threaded his way to the side of the posts, leaving full back Simon Sewell a simple conversion.
Queens regained the lead when a break down the middle saw Bishop on hand to claim his brace and full back Aaron Henry added the extras.
Wibsey were quickly stung into retaliation and hooker Mike Horrocks dived over from the play-the-ball following a powerful run from fellow packman Dan Conroy. Smith then produced a dummy and ducked under a succession of clumsy tackles to claim his second try of the game, which – together with a solo conversion from second-row forward Sean Godfrey – saw them into the break 16-10 to the good.
Queens levelled matters straight from the restart when scrum half Stuart Young caught the defence napping for a converted effort and, with the wind at their backs, the Leeds side looked menacing.
The defining moment of the tie came from the towering frame of substitute Chris Vogel. He broke clear to find Nick Fontaine on his shoulder and the centre fell to a last-ditch tackle just short. But Vogel got to his feet and proved unstoppable with a diagonal run to the side of the uprights.
Centre Nick Walker slotted over the extras to leave the Warriors in clear water at 22-16. The pressure was too much for Queens second-row forward Carl Luke. He started to throw a number of unprovoked punches at the ruck and was instantly given a yellow card that ended his match.
Godfrey made no mistake from the resulting penalty, which gave the hosts an all-important eight-point advantage.
The final act was quite rightly reserved for Smith. Fontaine sprinted clear and drew the full back to send his team-mate galloping under the posts for his treble. Godfrey landed the extra points on the final whistle to crown a memorable win.