BRIDLINGTON RUGBY: Rich’s Review

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The views of Bridlington RUFC director of rugby Rich Girking

“AFTER enjoying sunshine and a good playing surface last week, things were a lot different at Heath, where wet, muddy and freezing conditions greeted us.

“With Zolani Faba injured, Morgan Kinnaird made his first start since breaking his thumb, and Tom Kemp replaced Muru at fly half.

“Our gameplan was, as usual, to play a fast game, ruck hard and move the ball around the pitch, and for the first 20 minutes we played some excellent rugby but only managed a penalty, mainly down to excellent home defence and partly panicking in vital scoring areas.

“Then Heath took the lead with a sucker punch in their first visit to our half, capitalising on our winger being down with a head injury and the ref not stopping the game.

“The very good Heath stand off put a lovely kick to where our winger should have been and they scored a simple try.

“The rest of the game seemed to take similar paths, with us getting in behind Heath on numerous occasions, only for dropped final passes or wrong options at the vital moment costing us very dearly.

“Heath’s stand off added their second try through some very ordinary defence and although we had more chances to close the gap we came away with not even a losing bonus point, something we could have had if we had opted for a simple kick at goal rather than taking a quick tap.

“I thought our forwards worked hard during the game, winning plenty of ball and running good lines and stuck manfully to the gameplan.

“But we sometimes didnt quite get the link right between backs and forwards and wasted some good opportunities to win the game.

“Our defence needs some attention, as sometimes we failed to recognise which defensive pattern we should be using, and allowed Heath to look dangerous in wide areas.

“At times we played some of our best rugby of the year and deserved something from the game, but as we know, if you dont take your chances you dont win games, something we need to address for next week’s National Cup quarter final at home against Eccles.

“The game kicks off at 3pm please give us your support and encouragement from the touchline.

“It is greatly appreciated and could make the difference.

“On a very sad note, our thoughts are with the family and friends of Scott Eccles who passed away last week.

“Scott played for the club at junior and senior level and was a very popular person at the club, his jovial personality was enjoyed by many people.”