‘It was nail-biting at the end’

Bridlington 33 York 32
Bridlington 33 York 32

Bridlington director of rugby Rich Girking reacts to the 33-32 win over York.

“It was nail-biting at the end, but we’d had a cracking first half.

“We talked about starting better after the last few weeks and we were quick out of the blocks.

“For the first 30 minutes we played our best rugby of the season. Jamie Muru had a great first half and when he had to go off at half-time, it was one of the big changes which affected the game.

“Ryan Girking had a hamstring strain and we lost Adam Dixon so we had to make quite a few changes, but all those who came in did a good job for us.

“In the first half our scrum and lineout worked well. Wesley Langkilde and Ntsikayomzi Daka played well and we made the right decisions, moved the ball around and created chances.

“York are no mugs but we had them on the rack. They have good forwards and are always powerful.

“In the second half we lost our discipline and found it difficult to repel them. We panicked a little but when we had our backs against the wall we didn’t have a lot of ball.

“We had a chance early in the second half at 33-13 when we were on their line and if we had scored then, I think the game would have been well out of their reach, but it goes to show how momentum can change.

“York kept coming and coming and they had a conversion at the end to win it. We tired, which is a concern, and we fell foul of the referee, but that often happens when you are up against it.

“But the lads played well and it was difficult to choose a man of the match.”