Cleckheaton completed the pre season with a comprehensive 7 try performance against a Sandal XV.
Playing with the slope in the first half , Cleckheaton opened the scoring when centre Matt Piper cut back inside to score to the left of the posts 0-5. The hosts replied when a kick towards the corner wasn't dealt with and the winger strolled over for a simple converted try 7-5. After Cleck were awarded a penalty in midfield, line out possession was secured and full back Jack Marshall showed a clean pair of heels to the defense to cross wide out , conversion missed 7-10. On 18 mins, a defensive mix up led to the Sandal lock walking through some weak tackling to score a second converted try to retake the lead at 14-10. In the second quarter a swift counter down the left and good passing between scrum half Jack Crabtree and wing Hayward saw opposite wing James Wilson cross for a fine try under the posts , Dearing was again guilty of missing the extras but Cleck lead 14-15 on 25 minutes. 3 minutes later a series of blind side moves saw Jack Seddon power away only to be dragged down inches short of the line , Wilson was in support and after some debate the try was awarded by the referee 14-20 at half time.
On 47 minutes Mike Hayward was put into space on the right and his pace took him away from the defence to score next to the posts , this time the kick was successful 14-27. Matt Piper added his second off a short pass to barrel his way over the line to extend the lead to 20 points. Josh Plunkett worked hard in an unfamiliar role of lock throught the game and Coach Thiu Barnard lasted 60 minutes in a good shift as did the front row forwards Andy Piper, Chris Piper and Niall Jackson. Wilson completed his hat trick on 64 minutes collecting a scoring pass after good work down the wing. 14-39. Sandal completed the scoring with their 3rd try in the closing stages to leave the final score Sandal 19 Cleckheaton 39.
The league season starts next week, Cleckheaton have an attractive fixture at home to Scarborough kick off at 1500.