Scarborough RUFC 13
Bridlington RUFC 0
SCARBOROUGH recorded their first win, a 13-0 success, against local rivals Bridlington in a game at Silver Royd since the complex opened in January 2009, thanks to a rock solid defensive display in bitterly cold conditions in front of their biggest crowd of the season.
Bridlington had the best of the early exchanges playing into a stiff south-easterly wind. A lineout was won by Gary Heeley, the forwards secured the ball for Stevie Mellonby to find Ali Sutton with a short pass.
Bridlington picked and drove at the defence a couple of times before winning a scrum. After a good pick up by James Thompson and the backs were released, Regan Stirk made a good run to Scarborough 40. Bridlington continued to make short gains from the rucks, then won a penalty.
The visitors were pounding the defence, but were stopped five metres short of the line. Ezra Luxton drove at the line, but was held back just stopped a metre away, as again and again the forwards drove at the line.
Eventually, the ball was turned over by Scarborough who kicked up field to clear their line. Scarborough were awarded a penalty when the visitors infringed and they went for touch and an intended catch-and-drive. The move broke down but they were awarded a penalty for offside in front of the posts and Tom Ratcliffe obliged to nudge his side 3-0 ahead in the 15th minute.
From the restart Bridlington pinned the home team in their 22, turning the ball over before the backs were released to have a run, but were stopped 15 metres short,
They should have been back on level terms when Scarborough were penalised at a scrum just inside their 22 but scrum-half Stevie Mellonby missed with the kick in front of the posts.
Bridlington continued to press, moving up the park and winning a penalty. A lineout on the 22 was caught by Cappleman but Scarborough again managed to turn the ball over and attack.
Scarborough looked to run the ball pretty much every time they gained possession but cold hands resulted in a plethora of handling errors. however when the visitors infringed under pressure on their own 22, Ratcliffe kicked his second penalty of the afternoon to extend the lead to 6-0 in the 32nd minute.
Veteran jamie Muru wasn’t allowed any time on the ball, resulting in him having to take the ball into contact each time he received it, and Bridlington forwards were only making slow progress picking and driving at the defence.
Scarborough’s scrum-half Zbynec Schutz was desperately unlucky in the dying minutes of the half, when his deft chip ahead down Scarborough’s left flank beat the cover defence but evaded his outstretched fingers with the line begging.
Scarborough continued to dominate the midfield exchanges after the break and pressured the visitors particularly at the breakdown where Farrell, prop Nino Cutino and hooker Luke Raines were particularly abrasive.
When Ratcliffe spotted a gap on the visitors’ 10 metre line and powered through it, Corey Dennis was on his shoulder to make the hard yards to the line in the 45th minute. Ratcliffe added the extras for a 13-0 lead.
Bridlington put pressure on from the restart, and following a knock on outside the 22, they drove at the defence.
Then out of the blue, Luxton made an interception, running the ball out, offloading as he reached the 40, but was tackled late, winning a penalty for Bridlington.
It was kicked up to Scarborough’s 22, and following another good lineout by the visitors, Heeley got a foot to the ball, hacking it ahead over the try line, where the full back was able to secure it for a drop out.
Scarborough had the chance to stretch their lead to two scores on the hour when the visitors were penalised midway in their own half; ill-disciplined back-chat saw them marched back towards their own line twice and into Ratcliffe’s kicking range by referee Andrew Scott. However the big centre pulled his penalty attempt across the face of the posts due to a gust of wind as he took the kick.
Bridlington then spent a spell camping out five metres from the line, winning penalty after penalty, but the referee refused to give a penalty try, just continuing to give penalties to the visitors, and eventually Scarborough were able to clear their line.
But a determined Bridlington chased back, turning defence into attack, they returned and again they pounded the defence, good short runs by the forwards edged them ever nearer the line, but the attack halted as Stirk was forced into touch.
Winning the lineout, Brid again attacked, with Luxton, Adam Dixon and then Auryn Murray all stopped short of the line as they attacked from the back of rucks.
From another penalty, Mellonby fed Murray who was held up over the line. Bridlington laid siege to the Scarborough line in the closing stages of the match but were constantly repulsed by magnificent defence with every man of the home side putting his body on the line.
Farrell organised the defence with military precision and one bone-crunching, try-saving tackle by wing Matty Young on his Bridlington opposite number Regan Stirk will stay in the memory.
Had the hosts shown a little more patience and composure in attack particularly for periods in the second half, more tries would surely have come and perhaps a bonus point.
Bridlington, as was expected, never gave an inch and stuck to their task to the very end but on the day they lacked the ideas and application to break down the home defence.
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