Girking: ‘Our 14 men showed great character’

Heath 12 Bridlington 15

Heath 12 Bridlington 15

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Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking was impressed by his side’s team spirit after they won at Heath, despite playing with 14 men for an hour.

He said: “The lads played really well. It wasn’t a feast of open rugby, it never is at Heath, but our cover defence was excellent.

“We gradually got into the game and controlled a lot of the second half. The forwards got better, and considering we ddn’t have a recognised hooker, those who stepped into the scrum did the best they could.

“Our number eight was still struggling with illness, and Tom Kemp had to come off injured, but we overcame the problems, and under the circumstances, against a team desperate to get away from the relegation zone, it was a very good win.

“The main area of concern from the week before, our rucking, was a lot better, and I think we could have had two or three more tries.

“Jack Arthur hit a good late penalty to win us the game and I think we deserved it.

“If we show character like that every week, we won’t lose many games.

“We were delighted to learn that the seconds and thirds had won too for our first clean sweep, and now we look ahead to the Yorkshire Shield semi-final.

“If we play to our potential, I think we can cause Malton problems.

“Their forwards are very compact and they play a very physical and dynamic sort of game, so we will need to stop that, but we should have virtually a full squad to choose from and we will be working hard in training this week.”

“Finally, on behalf of all the players, congratulations to our chairman Gordy Morrice on his lifetime achievement award at the Free Press Sports Awards.

“He deserved it for all the work he has done for our club.”