Rich’s Review: Coach delighted with derby win

Bridlington 22 Scarborough 10
Bridlington 22 Scarborough 10

Bridlington RUFC coach Rich Girking gives his thoughts after the 22-10 win over Scarborough

I always felt our forwards are a bit more aggresive than theirs and we had a bit more power and dynamism, so that was our main tactic.

We took the game to Scarboorugh and the midfield ran hard and the backs defended well.

We showed the level of commitment that we need every week if we are to get results

Their coach had said before the game that he thought they could stay unbeaten for the rest of the season. I hadn’t seen that but the lads had, especially because our captain Ali Sutton lives in Scarborough, and it was a bit of a red rag to a bull for some of our players.

We lost Auryn Murray after 10 minutes but Ntsikayomzi Daka, who is only here for another six weeks, came on and got man of the match. He loves his rugby and it is a pleasure to coach him.

He was a bit shy when he got here but he has become one of our better forwards.

I expected Scarborough to come at us a bit harder in the closing stages but when we got the ball, we kept it for longer than we normally do, which made it difficult for them.

I’m really chuffed. We had lost our last three games to Scarborough and it is a needle match, so it was great to win. But it is just another four points - it doesn’t matter who we take them off, as long as we get them.

Three teams may go down from this league, so we need as many wins as we can get, it doesn’t matter who it is against.

It was good that all the Scarborough lads came into the clubhouse and had a drink with us after the game, and enjoyed the hospitality.

This week we travel to Dinnington, who are second in the table, but we are looking for a good performance there.

We should start getting most of our injured players back after that, and once we have everybody fit, I think we can really look to push on.