Shaw Cross Sharks booked their place in the BARLA Yorkshire Cup final as they caused an upset to defeat fancied Stanley Rangers 22-10 in their semi-final last weekend.
Josh Pinder celebrated his call-up to the England Under-16s Youth squad with a terrific display but support came from the whole the team in an impressive all-round effort.
Pinder set the tone when he raced to length of the field to score an early try, which put the young Sharks on course for victory.
Shaw Cross adapted well to the heavy and muddy conditions, moving the ball impressively to the flanks and they went further ahead with a well taken try in the corner from Joe Thresh.
Pinder converted both tries and the Sharks deservedly led 12-0 at half-time and they continued to dominate in attack and defence after the break.
Stanley hit back with two tries but the Sharks extended their lead with further tries from Jack Flynn and Jamie Hartley.
Pinder added a third goal to cap a fine display as the Sharks booked their place in the final, where they will meet East Hull at the John Charles Centre for Sport, South Leeds Stadium, on Sunday January 24.
Sharks coach Dean Heywood was delighted with his side’s display and is looking forward to locking horns with East Hull in the final.
Heywood said: “We had been considered the underdogs in this game, but the Shaw Cross players had raised their game and their covering and tackling was tremendous.
“It had been a real team effort by the players who deserved their success.”