Comeback kings Upton put All Blacks to the sword

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COMEBACK kings Upton U14s didn’t let a sluggish start get them down as they stormed back to beat Crigglestone 30-8.

The Quarry Lane side again travelled with the bare 13 players for their final game of the interim season, and they were greeted with wind and rain before making the switch to summer rugby.

All Blacks started well, twice crossing the whitewash early on to take an 8-0 lead.

Upton needed their captain marvel Jordan Taylor to get them going and he did just that with a fine individual try, converted by Dan Priestley, to get the visitors back in the contest.

Further tries coming from man of the match Jack Arnold (2), Priestley (2) and the impressive Tom Dixon, while Priestley kicked three conversions.

Upton were in control but the game was abandoned with 15 minutes left due to a lack of players remaining available for Crigglestone.

John Hirst took the most improved player for a solid performance and Sam Burrows also shone.

Upton U13s continued to impress in their debut season.

Their latest triumph came at the weekend when they defeated Shaw Cross 54-6 at home.

Joe Ashby was pick of the try-scorers, crossing the whitewash for a hat-trick of scores.

Will Crossland chipped in with two, as did Tommy Owen, while Ellis Bainbridge, Lewis Marley and Joe Dolman all crossed to get their names on the scoresheet.

Tommy Owen boosted his personal points tally with three successful conversions and Josh Mason converted four with the boot.

The supporters’ man of the match award went to the impressive Mitch Tucker.

The Whiteley’s Butchers man of the match award was given to the whole team for their outstanding efforts both in defence and attack.

See this week’s Hemsworth and South Elmsall Express for full junior rugby league match reports and pictures.