OP and Pocklington RUFC’s James Thompson (03-14) is the scrum half for Yorkshire under 20s, the winning team in the national county championship final played at Twickenham recently. Yorkshire beat opponents, Berkshire, 36-3.
Though the team absorbed significant Berkshire pressure for the first 15 minutes of the game through some outstanding defence, much of it on their own line, their quality eventually shone through. The foundation for victory was provided by a dominant forwards performance both in the scrum and at the breakdown, incisive running from the backs and some wonderful physicality in and around the tackle area, which stopped Berkshire from achieving any continuity in attack.
It was James’ second Twickenham triumph. He captained Pocklington U12s to a trophy success when they won through to a national competition final a few years ago.
James is currently studying at Newcastle University. The 18 year-old from Holme on Spalding Moor started out as a six-year-old mini rugby player at Percy Road. He captained Pocklington School 1st XV last season and made his first team debut for Pocklington RUFC before heading off to university in Newcastle. He played for the OP team at the annual Boxing Day match in 2014.
(RD, May 2015)