The views of Bridlington director of rugby after Saturday’s defeat at Pontefract
“DESPITE a blistering start running in two fantastic tries in the first 10 minutes we were soon on the back foot against yet another large forward pack who were just happy to scrum and push us around the park all day long.
“It became a very frustrating afternoon playing all the good rugby yet not being able to counter the size and bulk of the opposition.
“This was not helped with another refereeing performance from an exchange official (this time from Leicestershire) who simply wasn’t up to the task.
“This was echoed from both sides and completely ruined what could have been a great last game of the season.
“Despite the ineptitude of the referee we were still our own worst enemy in allowing their playmakers to have too much of the ball and exert too much control on the game.
“It was an interesting match as we knew it was the last game of the season and that the result could not affect our league position, but with the knowledge that we would be returning a week later for the crucial Yorkshire Shield semi final.
“This week’s match should be a different proposition as we know what we have to do to beat them and have been working hard on it in training this week.
“We have a strong squad to pick from with the only real doubts being Ali Sutton and Martin Robinson.
“The main selection dilemma will be how we counter their physicality without sacrificing our mobility and high tempo play.
“We have had a request not to play our one outstanding league game of the season as our opponents Ilkley have accomplished what we just failed to do last year and made it to the National Cup final at Twickenham.
“Despite the acknowledgment that we would lose a big home revenue for the final game of the season we have decided to offer our fellow Yorkshire compatriots as much assistance as possible and have agreed not to play the game.
“This means that we have finished the league campaign in fourth spot, an improvement on last year and a definite success.
“Hopefully now we can cap it off and add a Yorkshire Shield final to this long and testing season.“