Bridlington RUFC director of rugby Rich Girking reflects on the cup win over Stockton and the league defeat to Huddersfield YMCA.
“WE MISSED two weeks because of the snow, when we discussed taking our South African friends home and doing some high altitude training in a warmer climate.
“But after much deliberation, decided on snowball fights, and male bonding in the comfort of the clubhouse.
“This obviously proved the right decision as we had a great victory in the first leg of the National Cup against a large Stockton outfit.
“Even though we lost narrowly against second placed Huddersfield in the league last weekend we outscored them four tries to three and if a few 50/50s had gone our way could have won the game.
“The most pleasing part is we have started to play to our strengths, moving the ball quickly about the pitch and testing the opposition’s defences at all times, dragging them around the park and creating space for our mobile side.
“Stockton came to play through their forwards and caused us problems in the tight, but we won enough possession to keep the ball alive and score some good tries.
“We were made to defend for long periods, but kept them down to seven points, which will be very important in the second leg, away, on February 23, if we are to progress, and have our chance to play at Twickenham.
“On Saturday we started strongly and soon settled into our speedy style of play, causing their defence problems On the other hand the penalty count was our downfall, allowing them to have too many shots at goal and ultimately costing us the game.
“We have managed to score seven tries in two games and entertain the crowd again.
“The return of Sizwe Zondo has had a massive influence in this, bringing our speedy wingers Burrows and Stirk into the game and making space for our midfield.
“Jamie Muru’s tactical kicking is getting back to its best and Jimmy Thompson has fully recovered from his knee injury and is playing with more confidence.
“On Saturday we need to take this improved form to Wath and gain revenge for the last minute defeat at Dukes Park.
“As I’ve said in the past we can, at times, be our own worst enemy and not play with intensity. If we play with intensity on Saturday we should come back with the points.
“The following week sees us at Stockton, followed by our eagerly awaited fixture against high-flying Driffield at Dukes Park. this game will also be a double header for the annual Turnbull Trophy.”