Castleford RUFC 3
Bridlington RUFC 99
SATURDAY was a lovely sunny day in Bridlington, but the weather in Castleford, was overcast and misty, yet still very warm.
Both teams had to bolster their teams with second team players because of injuries and the unavailability of players. Setting for an exciting game.
Bridlington quickly asserted their authority on the game, with some great attacking runs by the backs, A scrum on Castleford`s 22 metre line, set a good attacking platform for the backs, quick hands by Jamie Muru and Sizwe Zondo, put Regan Stirk over for the first try of the match, out wide by the corner flag.
Not to be out done Castleford forwards put some good phases of play together, but Bridlington’s forwards were up for the task, putting in some great defensive tackles.
Castleford however recycled the ball well, setting up a successful drop goal attempt to put them on the scoresheet.
Bridlington however, showed Castleford that the league table does not lie as they ran in seven more tries, during the first half, with Jamie Muru kicking six out of eight conversions.
Ryan Girking and Sizwe Zondo, each scoring a hat-trick of tries, then late in the half Stirk crossed the line for his second unconverted try.
The best of these tries came when Stirk collected a kick on the halfway line. Running the ball back, he threw a wide pass to Ryan Girking, who was stopped just inside Castleford`s 22.
The forwards arrived, driving over the ball to secure it, but Castleford were penalised for coming in from the side.
A penalty to Bridlington was taken quickly by Martin Robinson, passing to Muru, Gary Heeley came crashing through the defensive line, on a diagonal run, off loading as he was tackled, for Zondo to score a converted try.
Castleford kicked off the second half, but it was only a matter of minutes before, Bridlington were awarded a scrum for a lineout not being straight.
James Thompson seized his chance, picking up from the base of the scrum, on Castleford’s 40 metre line, to run in for an unconverted try by the corner flag, despite the attentions of the winger and full back.
Bridlington then failed to deal with the restart kick, this allowed Castleford to capitalise, setting up a ruck on the 40 metre line.
They passed short to their flanker, the rest of his forwards drove him over Bridlington’s 22 metre line, another short pass saw the prop, running down the blind side, but the visiting pack were up to the task, stopping him after a few metres.
Castleford then released the backs, but when the ball went loose, Kieran Lawry picked up the ball, feeding Ryan Girking.
He made a great run, reaching the 40 metre line, he then passed to his brother Danny Girking, who had just come onto the pitch for Stirk, a great individual run by him, down the touchline, carrying two Castleford players with him as he dived over for a converted try.
Unfortunately in the process of scoring the try, his wrist was broken, an ambulance had to be called to whisk him away to Wakefield Hospital for treatment.
Castleford saw an opportunity and made good progress as they marched slowly up the park, attacking time and again as they camped out on Bridlington’s 22 metre line.
Castleford put in a cross field kick for the full back to score a try, but he knocked the ball on as he tried to gather it.
Bridlington took the ball quickly without grounding it, and raced up the touchline.
Zondo took over from the halfway line, passing to Ryan Girking as he reached the 40 metre line, Wiremu Cookson made a great supporting run alongside him, and was rewarded with a pass, which sent him over for a converted try.
It must be mentioned that Castleford produced some great passages of play, only to be let down in the final third of the pitch, each time they neared the Bridlington try line.
But were it not for some excellent defensive tackles by the Bridlington pack, they surely would have scored a couple of tries.
Bridlington ran in four more tries in the second half, Ryan Girking getting another two tries, one for Martin Robinson, and Gary Heeley was denied a try when the referee awarded a penalty try as he was tackled high as he attacked the line.
Muru successfully kicked six out of seven conversions, bringing the final total to 15 tries with 12 conversions.