Yabbies impress but Harden prevails late | Photos

Jesh Smith pictured in action during the second-half at Cranfield Oval on Saturday.
Jesh Smith pictured in action during the second-half at Cranfield Oval on Saturday.

Young continues to improve and have played some of their best rugby on Saturday.

Despite losing to Harden Red Devils 34-25 at Cranfield Oval, the Yabbies went toe-to-toe with the defending premiers and the result could have swung either way until the final hooter.

A late try in the final stages to the visitors sealed the result in the round five South West Oilsplus Competition clash.

Yabbies' Nick Duff said it was the best Young had played all season during the final quarter of the match.

"We thought we were more dominant in the forwards through the match and our last 20 minutes was probably the best we've played all season which is quite outstanding considering it's when the game is usually opening up," he said.

"We defended our line for about 15 minutes in the opening stages of the second-half and allowed no points. Most of their tries were through their backs which we knew would take some containing.

"We probably need to work on the middle part of the game either side of halftime," he added.

Three points went to Owen Griffiths, two to Hamish Kaveney and one went to Will Mundy who also received the most votes to be awarded players' player.

Ladies Day attracted one of the biggest crowd the club has seen at Cranfield Oval in a number of seasons.

The players wore pink jerseys which were auctioned at the end of the match with money raised going towards Margaret House and the McDonald family.