Local lads play part in Yorkshire RL success

Joe Willock, goalkicker for Yorkshire under 17s.
Joe Willock, goalkicker for Yorkshire under 17s.
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Four players who have learned their rugby in Castleford and Featherstone have helped Yorkshire under 17s to their first success in the County Tri Series for four years.

After beating Cumbria the previous week the second game and decider was against Lancashire and it was the Yorkshire boys who came out on top 32-14 in a game played at Leigh.

Yorkshire had not won the series for four years and had gone several years more since winning it on Lancashire soil.

Included in the Yorkshire team were Jack Townend and Louis Brown, from Featherstone, Joe Willock, from Castleford, and Brad Gott, who plays for Castleford RUFC juniors.

All four did well and played the full game with Castleford RUFC player Townend strong in defence and scoring his first try for Yorkshire with a defence splitting run.

Willock was in great form with the boot, kicking six out of six goals and defending really well at full-back to earn the man of the match award.

Brown gave the team a new dimension with his great kicking and strong defence while Gott was all-action and another key member of the team.

The whole team played well against bigger opponents and ran out convincing winners to deservedly pick up the Tri Series trophy and their individual medals.

The Lancashire head coach admitted his side were completely outplayed.