Rich’s Review

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The views of Bridlington RUFC director of rugby Rich Girking after the win at Barnsley

“WE went into the game knowing a tough game was on the cards.

“Barnsley may be fighting for survival but their small pitch and the terrible playing surface along with their large forward pack made it a tricy prospect.

“We picked a large pack with the welcome return of Jimmy Thompson but without a recognised hooker so captain Ali Sutton voluntered himself, only to pick up a timely injury in the first five minutes.

“Adam Dixon took on throwing in duties and showed he can do it on a Saturday as well as Thursday.

“Player coach Jamie Muru played at 10 and gave us guidance that we sometimes lack, distributing and kicking well apart from one unusual attempt at clearing his line.

“We controlled most of the game, especially the second half, and to score a bonus point was even more pleasing in the conditions.

“We did try to play a quick game and at times looked back to our best with backs and forwards combining well.

“Tom Bennett scored a super try and Regan Stirk showed what we missed while he was suspended with two tries, both finished exellently.

“Gary Heeley’s try at the death was just what he deserved after another exellent game.

“Our forwards were superb throughout, and in the second half were totally dominating Barnsley’s tiring pack.

“One area we could improve on is defending the driving maul as they perhaps made more ground than we would have liked.

“The backs again defended well and always looked to share the workload, carrying the ball powerfully.

“All in all it weas a very pleasing performance, the discipline was excellent and we played with good continuity in poor conditions. Add good decision-making to this and it was a good day.

“This sets us up well for next week at local rivals Scarborough were they will be trying to gain there first victory over us since there move to ‘Silver Royd Palace’.

“It won’t be one for the faint-hearted but and if we play with the same aggession and control, we should have a good chance.”