Muru’s Views; ‘The lads showed heart and team spirit’

Bridlington RUFC v York RUFC
Bridlington RUFC v York RUFC

The views of Bridlington RUFC director of rugby Jamie Muru after the 24-30 defeat to York.

We had a slow start and found ourselves 12-0 down in the first 12 minutes. I thought it might be a long day at the office but the lads really knuckled down and showed the heart and team spirit which was lacking the week before at Pontefract.

We got into the pace of the game, got our hands on the ball and caused York problems. We moved them around in the second half and they ran out of steam. If the game had gone on a bit longer I think we would have won it.

York are a good side, well organised and a fairly big side and I expect them to be among the front-runners. They were confident when they arrived, probably because they had a big win in their opening game and we had lost, and maybe the under-estimated us a bit.

I thought Sizwe Zondo had one of his best games for the club. He kept us in the game with three try-saving tackles and was the catalyst for everything we did in the second half.

Ezra Luxton scored twice and, of our new recruits, Ntsikayomzi Daka did well when he came on and PJ Freeman was named man of the match again.

I’m sure we will improve again this week when we go to Acklam, who have lost their first two games heavily. But this will be their first home game so we won’t take them lightly.

We have got two bonus points so far but need more on the board, so we will be going there to win before our big game against Scarborough. We also hope to have Tom Kemp, Gary Stevens and Tom Benninger back from injury.