Rich’s Review

The views of dirctor of rugby Rich Girking after the 17-3 win over Knottingley.

“WE welcomed bottom-placed Knottingley to Dukes Park on Saturday, and although the win was never in doubt, the game wasn’t a spectacle with quite a lot of errors from both sides.

“We were forced into changes as Stevie Mellonby played at full back due to injury to Sizwe Zondo and he did a sterling job, and AJ Burrows came back on to the wing.

“A late call-off through illness to skipper Ali Sutton saw Mike Ridsdale start and debutant Tom Hanson came on to the bench.

“Knottingley showed early in the game they are an aggresive side and tried to drag us into physical encounter which suited their slower style of play.

“Our own game plan was to go through the phases at pace until we created overlaps, but this didn’t happen as often as we would have liked due to good defence and perhaps the conditions.

“Our execution wasn’t quite as sharp as it could be, but on two occasions we showed our capabilities in this area.

“Firstly, Tom Kemp’s superb kick put Regan Stirk in for well finished score, and Mellonby’s counter attack, supported by Kemp, Ryan Girking and Burrows ended with a perfectly- executed three-versus-two training ground move finished by Burrows.

“We were hoping to pull away in the second half and secure a bonus point for four tries but struggled to gain momentum, and managed only a try from Martin Robinson.

“On the plus side our defence was strong and kept Knottingley tryless.

“Our second team went down against Hull who play in the Yorkshire Premier League, but like the previous week against Beverley showed huge determination and the scoreline flattered our opponents as we tired towards the end of a excellent match.

“The tackling was superb and all players should be proud of their performances.

“The first team are at York on Saturday in the Yorkshire Shield, where we are defending our title.

“Last season we won in injury time in the second round at York, so I’m sure they will be seeking revenge as we also won there in the last minute in the league this season.

“The seconds have another home game, this time versus Scunthorpe and I’m sure they will get the win they deserve if we play with the same effort as in last two weeks.

“Finally, it was great to see some more old but friendly faces making an apperance on the touchline again and enjoying a drink afterwards.”