Bridlington U17s’ first league match of the season, at home to Sheffield Tigers, proved to be a cracking and very entertaining game.
A win was needed to get the campaign off to a good start but the hot day sapped the players’ energy and made the ground hard and unforgiving.
Both sides overcame this and produced dazzling rugby.
The first 10 minutes showed a close contest was one the cards, but it was the home side who broke the deadlock.
Jack Taylor touched down in the corner with an excellent kick from Taylah Muru-King converting.
Sheffield replied with another try in the corner, which was also converted, to level the scores.
Before half time, the Tigers added another try and Muru-King pulled one back for Brid, which meant they turned round just two points behind at 12-14.
The game was more than just fitness, it was down to who wanted to win the most. This very physical encounter was end to end and could have gone either way.
A Muru-King try put Brid ahead, before Sheffield’s penalty bounced back off the post.
Danny McIntosh scored and Brid increased their lead, and although Sheffield touched down in the last five minutes but could not capitalise with the kick.
At the final whistle, Bridlington came away with a win by just a single point 20-19, to get their season off to the best possible start.
Delighted coach Mark Floyd said: “The guys stuck to the task and determination saw them through. Well done to the whole team.”
Squad: Conor Williamson, Matty Faulkner, Tom Astle, Aaron Barker, Billy Carter, Kyle Turner, James Houghton, Callum Sanderson, Otis Floyd, Brandon Smith, Jordan McGuire, Jack Conroy, Danny McIntosh, Taylah Muru King, Louis Cunliffe, Nathan Samanjoul and Jarrad Castle.
Man of the match: Otis Floyd