And so to the final game of the season for both of these sides. While some might say it’s been a long one, the time certainly feels to have gone by very quickly. Though neither squad had promotion hopes or relegation fears, there was no ‘end of term’ lethargy in this encounter as every ball was strongly contested.

In the first forty Sandal took full advantage of their home’s considerable slope, scoring several tries, building a considerable lead in the process. Harrogate continued to fight hard and were rewarded with a single try in reply. Unfortunately for them, the second half slope advantage didn’t bring a revival though the visitors were able to stem their opponents try scoring to some extent.

Sandal did add to their tally, though they were perhaps not quite as prolific as in the first half. Harrogate’s continuing efforts were ultimately rewarded with a try on the right (this match description may not be completely accurate).

Evidence of the ferocity of the play was in the number of injuries, ultimately resulting in an early halt to the proceedings. This was a shame though it didn’t spoil what was a hugely enjoyable afternoon. Well done everyone. You can see more pictures from the game here.