Impressive Upton book place in cup final

Upton under 12s launch an attack in their semi-final win against Crigglestone All Blacks.
Upton under 12s launch an attack in their semi-final win against Crigglestone All Blacks.

Upton under 12s powered through to the Wakefield and District RL Junior Cup final with an impressive 34-4 win at Crigglestone All Blacks.

Upton mastered wet and windy conditions to reach their first cup final in emphatic style.

Despite playing uphill, they went ahead when hooker Spencer Hatfield scooted over from close range.

Alfie Wilkinson then bagged the first of another hat trick of tries with a trademark long-range effort.

Wilkinson’s second gave the visitors a commanding lead as the interval approached. Upton had listened to their instructions and played simple, flowing rugby in the tricky conditions.

Leading 14-0 at the break, Upton had a reshuffle to give some players a break from the weather but it didn’t affect their dominance.

Excellent play down the left flank led to Brandon Slater giving Upton a comfortable lead, despite the All Blacks pulling one back.

Wilkinson showed neat footwork to power over to effectively put the game beyond Crigglestone’s reach with his eleventh try in five games.

Not wishing to be out done, man of the match Spencer Howcroft capped his best ever Upton performance by getting on the score sheet.

Minutes later he latched on to a superb offload by Hatfield to finish a good night’s work for Upton.

The final will take place on Wednesday,April 29 at Wakefield Trinity Wildcats Stadium (6pm) with the opponents to be confirmed.