East Riding College took part in the latest of the RFU’s Regional College 10’s tournaments at Bridlington RUFC, and recorded a win and a loss.
Facing Franklin College from Grimsby in the first game, who they had beaten easily in their previous meeting, East Riding went into the game full of confidence, however despite enjoying the majority of possession fell behind to a break away try when their opponents made the most of an over-lap on the left.
The visitors struck again moments later after some weak defence allowed the Franklin forwards to grind their way towards the try line before crashing over under the posts.
East Riding looked a lot more dangerous in the second half with some good runs from Adrian Magee and Ryan Wigley but could still not break down a well marshalled Franklin defence, and it was the visitors that struck the final blow of the match when a loose ball was snatched up by the speedy winger to cross in the right hand corner.
In their second match East Riding faced Wyke from Hull, who always possess some dangerous strike players, and despite some early scares, got on the scoreboard first after winning a line out and moving the ball quickly to the left for Tom Thirlwell to dive over.
The forwards from both teams put in a great display with some big tackles being made from both sides resulting in a lot of turn overs.
It was the home team that struck again when big second rower Aaron Baker, burst through a couple of tackles and powered over the try line with a defender on his back.
Wyke did manage to score in the dying moments but it was only a consolation.
The next tournament, to be held at Hessle later this month, will be the last of the academic year with East Riding College enjoying successful events at Beverley, York, Scarborough and at Franklin College.