Archive | May, 2013

RUGBY: NATIONAL AND LOCAL

29 May

Last Saturday’s Aviva Premier league Final provided a feast of rugby and a well deserved victory for Leicester Tigers. A lot of controversy over Dylan Hartley’s sending off. It was a no-brainer in more ways than one: the Saints hooker had been spoken to more than once before Wayne Barnes gave him a final warning. The silly bugger kept mouthing off culminating in calling Barnes a cheat and was sent off. Showing his disengagement of brain on the field and leading to his 11 week suspension during which he will miss the Lion’s tour. Locally, Scarborough now have a new Head Coach in the form of ex-Brid coach Lee Douglas; I wonder if we will be able to recruit the four players minimum needed to strengthen the squad for a very difficult season ahead; we will see!

 

YORKSHIRE AVOID RELEGATION WITH WIN OVER DURHAM

25 May

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YORKSHIRE AND DURHAM TAKE THE FIELD

RUGBY FOOTBALL UNION COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP

THE BILL BEAUMONT CUP

Report and pictures by Dave Campbell

Yorkshire: 20 Durham 5

Referee: Mr Andrew Rawson Attendance: 892

Fourteen hours of torrential rain last Friday evening into Saturday morning saw a magnificent effort by staff and volunteers at Scarborough Rugby Club make sure the pitch was in good condition for this vital County Championship relegation battle.

Both sides knew only victory would save them from relegation to the second tier of the competition so an ‘all or nothing’ physical contest was very much in prospect and that’s exactly what the big Silver Royd turnout got. The game was never going to be a classic and that’s how it turned out. Yorkshire dominated the early exchanges through their powerful pack and it looked as if they would be the deciding factor in the game; however behind the Tyke’s powerful eight the back division struggled with the slippery ball and their handling and ball retention left much to be desired.

When Durham did get some possession they struggled to cross the gain line due to their tendency to lateral movement with no one looking to straighten up the line or inject some pace and although the Yorkshire backs had a glut of possession, they lacked the penetration to bother a steady Durham defensive line. This made for a pretty turgid first half with much of the game played in the middle third of the field. A great break by Sandal’s Greg Wood for Yorkshire cut a swath through the Durham defence on the half-hour and he sent Tamasi Tanumi powering through but the Beverley centre was hauled back by referee Mr Rawson for Wood’s forward pass.

On a rare foray into Yorkshire territory just before the break Durham won a five metre attacking scrum but lost possession and their chance had gone. An exchange of penalty attempts between Durham’s Andrew Baggett and Wood was unsuccessful but a penalty by Wood on the stroke of halftime broke the impasse and Yorkshire led 3-0 at the break.

Yorkshire started the second half purposefully and won a penalty at a scrum in the 44th minute; Wood found touch just inside the Durham 22 and a superb catch by lock Royce Cadman was driven to the line for No8 Gavin Jones to burrow over for the first try of the game. Wood added the extras for a 10-0 lead.

Yorkshire continued to boss the forward exchanges and thrilled the big crowd with some superb driving play but all too often it culminated in a dropped pass when the ball was moved away from the big men. And the jitters must have been catching as the forwards drove to the Durham line for what looked like a certain try only to lose control of the ball right on the line. However they did get the cushion their play deserved when Mr Rawson reversed a Durham penalty on their own 22 and Wood nudged his side 13-0 ahead in the 51st minute.

If perhaps not the most skilful of games the commitment from both sides was total and it was a bruising encounter which momentarily spilled over on the touchline with a bit of handbags. Yorkshire continued to dominate but a lack of composure and perhaps a touch of ‘white line’ fever frustrated their over anxious midfield.

When the clinching try came it was predictably through the forwards, Cadman once more secured at an attacking lineout on the five metre line and Ionians’ open-side flanker Kerry Wood drove over low and hard. Greg Wood converted for 20-0 in the 71st minute. With the game gone, Durham threw caution to the wind and put together some delightful running rugby for the first time in the game and it was no surprise when a slick move down their left flank sent substitute Ralph Appleby scampering over in the corner in the 80th minute. Baggett was unsuccessful with his touchline conversion attempt which was the last kick of the game.

The game was disappointing as a spectacle with handling and ball retention a problem for both sides with the occasion getting to many players. For Yorkshire the pack turned in a match-winning performance with Ionians’ Steve Johnson in dominant mood and the back row of Ben Morris, Kerry Wood and Gavin Jones, working hard in the ‘muck and nettles’ area. For Durham under their coach Pete Taylor the loss of three players leading up the game, including Horden second row Dan Palmer who broke a leg in the Cheshire game made their task even more difficult against Yorkshire’s powerful forwards.

Yorkshire: Coad Flockhart Martin Taumi Broadley Wood Hallam Moss Rice Johnson Cadman Hayter Morris Wood Jones Substitutes: Thomas Bateman Maycock Tamanis Steel Temm Gray

Durham: Hallam Thirkell Bayford Wearmouth Dent Vinnicombe Bell Powell Mellish Baggett Sole Hyndman Holmes Jeffrey Evans Substitutes: Appleby Rollins Burns Bateman J. Evans Finney Myers

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CURTAIN RAISER BETWEEN YORKSHIRERUGBY.NET AND OVERSEAS ALL STARS

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YORKSHIRE’S FIRST TRY SCORED BY FLANKER GAVIN JONES

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GAVIN JONES ON THE CHARGE

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YORKSHIRE LAY SIEGE TO THE VISITOR’S LINE IN THE FIRST HALF

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KERRY WOODS DRIVES OVER FOR YORKSHIRE’S SECOND TRY

YORKSHIRE TEAM FOR TOMORROW’S COUNTY GAME

17 May

15 TOM COAD – SANDAL

14 DOUGH FLOCKHART – DONCASTER

13 JOE MARTIN – HULL IONIANS

12 TOMASI TANUMI – BEVERLEY

11 JAMIE BROADLEY – SHEFFIELD TIGERS

10 GREG WOOD – SANDAL

9  CHRIS HALLAM – DONCASTER

1 JASON MOSS – BRADFORD&BINGLEY

2  TOM RICE – HULL IONIANS

3  STEVE JOHNSON – HULL IONIANS

4  ROYCE CADMAN – HULL IONIANS

5  GREGOR HAYTOR – SHEFFIELD TIGERS

6  BEN MORRIS – BLAYDON

7  KERRY WOOD – HULL IONIANS

8  GAVIN JONES – BLAYDON

 

AND FINALLY (FOR NOW), THE COUNTY GAME

15 May

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ACTION FROM LAST YEAR’S YORKSHIRE-LANCASHIRE GAME AT SILVER ROYD

This Saturday (18th of May) sees the second Rugby Football Union (RFU) Bill Beaumont County Championship game played at Silver Royd. Following the successful hosting of the Yorkshire-Lancashire Roses game last year, the RFU women’s divisional championship game between the North and the Midlands in March and the Colleges International between England and the Irish Exiles last month, Scarborough has been chosen as the venue for this year’s clash between Yorkshire and Durham. The game will be preceded at noon by the charity game between a yorkshirerugby.net XV and a Yorkshire Overseas Stars XV. Lunch will be served at two venues on the ground and this will be followed by the county game. Adding spice to it all is the fact that Durham coach Peter Taylor started his Rugby career at Scarborough and played from youth to 1st XV rugby at our previous home at Newby; many of his former teammates and friends will be in attendance for what should be a cracking game. There will be rides for the kids, food outlets and a BBQ  and I’m sure it will be a great day. See you there!

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ALL PREPARED AT SCARBOROUGH R.U.F.C

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A PACKED STAND

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THE TEAMS COME OUT

……………………………..AND WE’VE CHANGED COACHES!

15 May

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DIRECTOR OF RUGBY MIKE HOLDER (RIGHT) MEETS LEE DOUGLAS

And still catching up, Head Coach Jason Lowde resigned his post following the York game; he found that the travelling with his work and the pressures of a young family made the fulfilment of his duties very difficult and reluctantly stood down. The club then, I believe interviewed several candidates before appointing Lee Douglas a PE teacher at Lady Lumley’s School in Pickering. Lee coached Bridlington for a couple of years and was the coach who memorably refused to play on a Silver Royd surface that he judged to be hard and dangerous. In an interview in the Scarborough News, Lee said that the facilities at Silver Royd was one of the factors which attracted him to the club. There is no doubt that our playing surfaces have improved out of all recognition since that incident a couple of seasons ago and everyone at the club looks forward to working with Lee.

SCARBOROUGH LOST THEIR LAST TWO LEAGUE GAMES

15 May

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   Scarborough: 6   York: 16 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr Dave Lindsey                                                            Attendance:             471 

Following last week’s five try demolition of Wath, Scarborough looked to conclude their home campaign with a win over York at Silver Royd. However they never managed to harness the elements to their advantage in a turgid first half and led 3-0 at the break. The Minster-men dominated the second forty minutes through their powerful pack and ran out comfortable 16-6 winners of a somewhat stop-start affair. 

Playing with a brisk southerly breeze behind them Scarborough took the game to the visitors in the early stages with Fly-half Tom Harrison and centre Tom Ratcliffe using the wind well with a series of hefty touch-kicks to take play deep into York territory. However their poor ball retention at the breakdown saw some good field position squandered. The Seasiders did look attractive with ball in hand as they have done all season but gifted far too many turnovers in the tackle. 

The underemployed scoreboard operator was at last called into action in the 17th minute when York drifted offside 35 metres out and Ratcliffe kicked the resulting penalty to nudge the home side 3-0 ahead. The second quarter of the game saw Scarborough make several excursions into York territory with Harrison, fullback Corey Dennis and Ratcliffe making some hard yards. A surging run deep into the visitors’ 22 by Ratcliffe on the half-hour saw them infringe as they tried to halt the big centre’s progress; however his penalty attempt was unsuccessful as was a couple of efforts from York fullback John Dawes and a largely forgettable first half drew to a close with Scarborough 3-0 to the good. 

With the wind behind them York took control at the beginning of the second half and were awarded a penalty for an infringement at a ruck 20 metres out. Dawes failed to improve on his zero first half tally.  However the visitors were now dominating the set scrums and apparently wheeling and driving the home eight back at will. And they took the lead in the 46th minute when referee Mr Lindsey penalized Scarborough for an offence at the tail of a defensive lineout; scrum-half Matt Dudman took a quick tap-penalty and scampered diagonally right to left across the home 22 and released wing Eddie Bradshaw to power over in the corner for 5-3. Dawes failed to convert but made amends six minutes later when he nudged his side 8-5 ahead with a penalty awarded when Scarborough infringed just outside their own 22. 

With the game going into its final quarter Scarborough were finding it increasingly difficult to get out of their own half due to pressure up front and the increasing southerly wind. However on a rare incursion into York territory the home side crept offside in midfield and Ratcliffe reduced the arrears to a couple of points with a long-range penalty. And an extended stay saw skipper Phil Watson take a great crash ball and power deep into the 22; however possession was surrendered and York gratefully cleared their lines. 

With a two point lead at 8-6 their only reward for a good second half performance, York turned the screw and No8 Willem Enslin crowned a great outing when he drove over on the blind side from the base of an attacking scrum in the 71st minute. Dawes once more missed with his difficult touchline conversion attempt but was on target to clinch the points with a penalty five minutes from the end when Scarborough were offside between their 22 and 10 metre lines. 

Although they stuttered against the elements York showed the form that has seen them loose only two games since last November. Their powerful pack with props Hepworth and Rutherford in fine form and No8 Enslin running the show, dominated the second half and were the cornerstone of their win. Scarborough battled throughout and although they struggled up front they dominated the lineout which was their best source of possession. Phil Watson, Nino Cutino and Nick Ingham were the pick of the forwards, however behind them the backs struggled due to a lack of clean possession with perhaps Matty Young, Corey Dennis and Graeme Jeffrey the pick of the bunch. 

Scarborough: Dennis Young Ratcliffe Parker Jeffrey Harrison Rollinson Cutino Williams Goodman Ingham Watson (capt) Sutton Hoggard Warren Substitutes: Fish Readman Schutz (all used). 

York: Dawes Bradshaw Martin Petykus Cakaunitabua Johnson Dudman Hepworth Kerr Rutherford Fox (capt) Bates Kay Maud Enslin 

Scarborough News Star Man: Phil Watson

In what was a strength sapping afternoon in the tight for the home pack, skipper Phil Watson tackled with conviction and got over the gain line on several occasions with muscular bursts to set up go-forward ball for his side.  

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Driffield: 80 Scarborough: 0 

By Dave Campbell 

Referee: Mr Jim Saunders (Yorkshire Society)                  Attendance: 338 

Scarborough were blown away by a superb Driffield side who scored within a minute of the start and clinched the Yorkshire One championship with twelve tries, nine of which came from a back division oozing  pace and power. 

And the tone for the afternoon was set when the Woldsmen secured the visitors kick-off; livewire scrumhalf Harvey Harding scampered up the right touchline untouched by human hand and centre Clayton Masina completed the move to touchdown with only 45 seconds on the clock. 

The Seasiders failed to secure the re-start and were immediately under pressure from a superb home midfield of fly-half Jordan McGregor and centre pairing of Masina and skipper Robin Kitching. Scarborough did have a couple of chances to snatch the lead through Tom Ratcliffe penalties but the big centre pulled both efforts wide. Crunching tackles by Phil Stewart, Luke Raines, Nino Cutino and Corey Dennis stemmed the tide but an incisive break by Kitching carved through the visiting defence and prop Simon Pettinger crashed over in the 9th minute. Kitching converted for 12-0. 

The Woldsmen didn’t have things all their own way and Scarborough looked to attack down the flanks but solid defence held sway. However it only delayed the inevitable and the home side stretched their lead to 19-0 in the 21st minute when the ball was moved blind from an attacking scrum in the visitors’ 22 and veteran winger Ali McClarron crossed wide on the left. Kitching added the extras for 19-0. 

The Seasiders held their own at the set scrums but the lineout was a very flappy affair; however they had their best period in the game in the second quarter and with a little more guile and composure could have got themselves back in touch; Raines, Parker, Cutino, Stewart and the ubiquitous Dennis took on the Driffield defence but too often the ball carrier looked to run through a man rather than offload. Harding was sin-binned in the 33rd minute and the visitors redoubled their efforts to take advantage of their numerical advantage but Driffield held firm and they turned around with Scarborough 19 points adrift. 

Restored to full strength just after the break Driffield trampled all over Scarborough’s hopes of making a game of it and from the 48th minute when the magnificent Kitching scored the first of a second half hat-trick of tries, it was a procession. Kitching added his second in the 52 minute and this was followed by tries from fullback Danny Smith in the 56th minute then a penalty try. A second touchdown for Masina on the hour was followed by tries from second row Oliver Borman, wing Lester Bell and Kitching’s third substitute Chis Sadler complete the rout in the 79th minute. Kitching added seven conversions with Jordan McGregor converting Sadler’s effort. 

Star men for the Yorkshire One champions were centres Clayton Masina and Robin Kitching, the former with some lovely looping runs which created a plethora of overlaps and the latter whose incisive running and unerring accuracy with the boot produced a personal tally of 33 points. 

Scarborough were undoubtedly a reshuffled and weakened side on the day and they were certainly not the first team to be turned over in such a fashion by a superb Driffield side. On the day their work at the many restarts left much to be desired and the breakdown and lineouts were real problem areas. However they stuck to their increasingly exhausting task to the end and couldn’t be faulted for effort. After what was a very positive start, including the defeat of Driffield on the first day, it was a more than disappointing end to their campaign. There is always next season! 

Scarborough: Dennis Jeffrey Ratcliffe Parker Rollinson Stewart Schutz Goodman Raines Cutino Ingham Readman Warren Sutton Hoggard Substitutes: Lowde Burgess Young 

Driffrield: Smith Bell Masina Kitching(capt) McClarron McGregor Harding Llelwyn Havler Pettinger Borman Turton Hamilton Falkingham Chapman Substitutes: Sadler Dervey Cooper 

Scarborough News Star Man: Corey Dennis 

In his last game for the club before his year in Singapore, Corey Dennis turned in a gutsy performance going forward and in defence where under huge pressure he pulled off a series of try-saving tackles. He’ll by missed.

 

I’M BACK

13 May

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Due to health and mobility issues I have been missing from the blogisphere for a wee while now but I now feel fit enough to carry on my ramblings in this blog. Several toe amputations have made walking difficult but I’m getting used to a weird looking right foot and walking fairly well, so fingers crossed. In my absence Driffield thrashed Scarborough 80-0 on the last day of the season, Jason Lowde resigned and Lee Douglas has been appointed as Head Coach; so plenty to talk of there. And of course county rugby returns this coming Saturday 18th of May. More on that shortly.

 

Cheers,

 

Dave

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