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Steve Mellonby's second try.
Steve Mellonby's second try.

The views of director of rugby Kieran Lawry after Saturday’s thrilling win over Keighley.

“WE finally witnessed on Saturday some of the potent potential of this young squad come to fruition with a pretty comprehensive win despite what the very tight scoreline might suggest.

“I was really pleased with the performance the lads gave and also chuffed that we carried on from where we left off against Malton a fortnight ago with a level of intensity, pace and skill that could not be matched by our high flying opponents.

“After trouncing us heavily at their place earlier in the season Keighley must have turned up confident of beating us again, but sides must know by now that we are a completely different team on home soil (or mud on Saturday to be precise.)

“We seem to have mastered the art of starting a game well and we flew out of the traps, yet again, into a comfortable lead, but a series of poor refereeing decisions and even poorer discipline on our part (a large proportion of which came from the old, rather attractive centre who shall remain nameless) meant Keighley were constantly given the opportunity to stay in the game.

“The majority of the crowd must have thought that we had completely self-destructed when we allowed Keighley to take the lead midway through the second half despite us playing all the rugby, but the belief the team showed along with our sheer will to win was amazing.

“On a personal note this week I have been testing my discipline to the limits in order to show a good example on the pitch with regards to back chatting the referee.

“I have practised raising my tolerance levels by spending extra time indoors with the missus, thus requiring me to bite my lip, quell any sign of discontent and keep my comments about dodgy decisions to a minimum.

“I even worked through one of her shepherds pies without raising a murmur so hopefully I can carry this through to match day.

“Saturday saw the welcome return to a Brid shirt of popular South African back row player Jimmy Baloyi who managed a full game at number eight and showed glimpses of that link up play and powerful physicality that we have often been lacking.

“There were many individual performances of note including Ali Sutton and Mark Oliver who alongside Jimmy formed what must be the best back row in the league.

“Rob Medforth who week on week has begun to deliver quality performances and Will Davies who stepped back into the scrum half position with assuredness and fantastic control of the game, despite playing out of position for so long.

“Stevie Mellonby was also back on fine form scoring 18 points including two well taken tries and Martin Robinson played positively, looking confident and composed at full back.”