Piper bags treble in derby triumph

Ryan Piercy takes a catch at a line-out for Cleckheaton against Morley
Ryan Piercy takes a catch at a line-out for Cleckheaton against Morley



A HAT-TRICK of tries by skipper Richard Piper led Cleckheaton to an impressive derby win over Morley at Moorend on Saturday.

Piper got the end of some excellent line-out and driving maul play to ensure the hosts took the bragging rights from their first meeting with their neighbours this season in North East One.

Morley started and finished well but in between Cleckheaton were dominant on the back of a successful game plan and a pack that outplayed their opposite numbers, particularly in the set pieces.

Cleckheaton went ahead in the 20th minute when good line-out ball was secured and the backs came into play with full-back Ross Hayden linking with winger Martin Woodhead to send the other winger, James Marshall, over in the corner. Fly-half Iain Gordon added the touchline conversion.

Several chances were missed before a second try came after 33 minutes when a catch and drive from a line-out proved successful with back row man Richard Piper getting the ball down over the line.

Morley lost Stuart Costello to the sin-bin just before half-time for obstructing Ross Hayden after the full-back chased his own kick ahead and Cleck made the extra man tell with another well controlled catch and drive from a line-out 40 metres from the line, finished off again by Piper to make it 17-0 at the break.

Cleckheaton struck again before Costello’s return when just three minutes into the second half they won another line-out and Piper burst clear for his hat-trick. With Gordon tagging on the extras and a drop-goal they were 27-0 ahead and it was effectively game over.

Morley finally got out of their own half and showed what they could do on 57 minutes as Mark Cooke shot through a gap to get over the line. Simon Bradshaw added the conversion.

It was a closer contest in the final quarter and Cleckheaton had to scramble back following another Cooke break to touch the ball down over the line.

A flare-up following a high tackle on Cooke resulted in yellow cards for Stuart Costello and Matt Piper. The penalty initially given to Morley was reversed and Gordon kicked the goal to make it 30-7.

The last score went to Morley five minutes into injury-time when Bradshaw finished off a sweeping move. The conversion was added by Bradshaw, but it was no more than a consolation with Cleckheaton good value for their third consecutive home bonus point win.

n Cleckheaton Colts reached the second round of the Yorkshire Cup with a 24-7 victory away at Dinnington.

They led 7-0 at half-time thanks to a Jack Seddon try converted by Jake Green.

Further tries from Josh White (two) and a second for Seddon to set up a second round tie at home to Hull Ionians.

n Veron Dhesi bagged a hat-trick and Robbie Butterworth scored twice as the Under-11s defeated Roundhegians 33-17. The pick of Dhesi’s treble came following a lovely weighted kick by Lucas Birts. Dhesi, Birts, Aaron Jackson and Will Clerehugh added conversions.

n Cleck Under-13s maintained their 100 per cent record with a 29-19 win over Harrogate.

Drew Judge-Clark led the way with a hat-trick, James Walker and Darren Ali-Scott scored one each, while Dominic Howarth landed four conversions. MoM was Henry Iwanejko.

n Cleckheaton Under-15s suffered a 62-0 defeat at home to Yarnbury.