York RUFC 24
Bridlington RUFC 31
BRIDLINGTON travelled to York for the second time in two weeks, hoping to follow their win against them last week in the Yorkshire Shield.
The weather was bitterly cold, with a moderate wind blowing diagonally up the pitch.
The Brid forwards made a series of pick and go moves up the park, through Ali Sutton, Mark Oliver and Ryan Girking, where they were rewarded with a penalty, as York were putting their hands in the ruck.
Jamie Muru put in a good kick, bringing the visitors to 10 metres from the York try line. But despite Bridlington winning the lineout, York managed to turn the ball over.
Bridlington won another penalty 10 metres from the try line, as the home side were holding on in the tackle.
Muru kicked this into touch for a five metre lineout. The forwards took an early throw, secured the ball, then released the backs. Quick hands saw Gareth Roberts over for the first try of the match, converted by Muru.
After the ball had bounced over the dead ball line. Bridlington droped out short, collected by Morgan Kinnaird.
He made 10 metres, the forwards picked and drove a couple of times then Martin Robinson released the backs.
Ryan Girking broke through the defensive line and fed Zondo, he also made a few metres before passing to AJ Burrows on the wing. He in turn beat three players to score a great wingers try out wide by the corner flag.
York collected their own kick, driving upfield where they won a penalty, This was kicked at goal, but bounced back into the arms of Wiremu Cookson, which prompted a sustained effort by the visitors as they moved up the park to within five metres of the York try line.
Bridlington recycled, passing out to Benninger who was held up over the line.
Both teams then enjoyed some good passages of play, each making it close to the opposition’s try line.
York won a penalty five metres from the Bridlington try line, opting for a scrum, which was picked from the base by the number eight, who was stopped by Ali Sutton a metre short of the try line.
York quickly fed the ball to the blind side, going over for a try.
It wasn’t long before York again found themselves inside Bridlington’s 22, with a good kick following a penalty.
York were awarded a scrum, again the number eight picked up, Muru and Sutton stopped the attack momentarily, but as they were only three metres from the try line the backs were released.
Another great tackle by Girking only delayed the inevitable as York backs were there in numbers, picking up the ball and scoring in the corner.
From the restart Bridlington enjoyed some great attacking rugby, where Girking, Floyd and Heeley each had good runs, but as they neared the York 22, the referee ended the half.
Bridlington started the second half where they left off, attacking York with menace,
A great tackle from Mark Floyd, allowed the visitors to gain possession of the ball. Good runs by Muru, Thompson and Robinson, gave them a good platform from which to attack the York try line.
Robinson dummied a pass and made a few metres before passing to Sutton. He made a couple of metres then released Roberts to go over for a converted try.
York sent a high restart ball deep to the visitors which was knocked on. Shortly after they were awarded a penalty, kicking to 10 metres from the try line, before powering over for a converted try from the lineout.
Muru, Girking and James Thompson combined to set up Regan Stirk who scored out wide in the corner, but had to be replaced following his try due to injury.
York’s pack powered over for another converted try, bringing the scores level.
Bridlington’s restart kick was short, this allowed Gary Heeley to tackle the receiving player hard enough to dislodge the ball, Robinson picked up from the ruck Zondo made a few metres, then Girking picked up feeding Robinson, who threw a long pass to Benninger.
Forwards recycled this quickly then Muru passed inside to Zondo, then on to Roberts to score another converted try and win the game.