BRIDLINGTON RUFC: Great warm-up for Twickenham

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Our objective was to put in a good performance and keep the good run of form. We made several changes, with Ryan Kerr and Ryan Girking returning fronm injuries and Will Davies from holiday. Zolani Faba started at prop in his last game before his return to South Africa, and Lee Warley came in to replace the unfortunate Gary Healey who picked up a training ground injury.

Bridlington put on another great display of rugby, scoring nine tries in all, although Dinnington kept their heads and ran in four tries of their own in the second half, to secure themselves a bonus point.

Sizwe Zondo made a break, offloading to Auryn Murray, then getting the ball back after a few meters he raced through to score the first try of the match beneath the posts, converted by Stevie Mellonby.

Bridlington had to soak up the pressure for a while, but then from a chip ahead by Dinnington, they were again attacking at pace. A scrum on halfway saw James Thompson picking from the base. He found Martin Robinson, and Zondo weaved through a poor defence beating two or three players, and dived over for his second try of the match.

After winning a scrum against the head, Robinson finds Tom Kemp with a good pass, he threw short to James Thompson to dive over for another try.

Bridlington attacked straight from the restart and Callum Cappleman added a fourth try.

The second half started as well as the first for Bridlington, with two quick tries in the first five minutes of the half, first by Ryan Girking diving over from five metres out, and the second by Mellonby, chasing a box kick by Robinson.

Kemp found Zolani Faba with a good pass, to score another try, then Zondo again broke through the defensive line, then beat the full back with a dummy pass to Girking, before diving over for his hat trick of tries.

Bridlington then took their foot off the gas and this allowed Dinnington to string many phases of play together, and they scored two tries in five minutes, first try by Tyler Stimpson, and the second by Dave Longstaff, both were converted by Johnny West.

A poor restart by Tom Kemp failed to go 10 metres, giving a scrum on halfway to Dinnington, but then they gave away a free kick for an early engagement at the scrum. Mellonby fed Robinson, Girking crossed the 22, before offloading to Ryan Kerr, who dived over in the corner.

Dinnington gathered themselves again, and make good progress up the park, for captain Matt Stark to score a try from short distance, then in injury time at the end of the game Sam Palmer scored another try, converted by West.