Scarborough and Leeds Carnegie win in double-header last Saturday FULL REPORTS by DAVE CAMPBELL 

28 Jan

SCARBOROUGH WIN A LINEOUT IN THEIR 52-10 DEFEAT OF NORTH RIBBLESDALE LAST WEEK

RFU NORTHERN DIVISION

YORKSHIRE DIVISION ONE

SCARBOROUGH 52 NORTH RIBBLESDALE 10

By Dave Campbell

Scarborough’s game with Yorkshire One’s bottom club didn’t have to be outstanding to follow a lack-lustre British and Irish Cup game between Yorkshire Carnegie and visitors Ealing Trailfinders at Silver Royd; however a flowing spirited encounter saw the promotion-chasing Seasiders run in eight thrilling tries against a far from acquiescent North Ribblesdale.

Skipper Matty Jones’s side opened the scoring with less than two minutes on the clock when centre Tom Ratcliffe broke from deep, combining with fullback Matty Young to send wingman Joe Marshall over in the corner. Centre Graeme Hogg added a terrific conversion from the touchline for 7-0.

A further touchdown in the same corner by lock Mikey Readman converted in the same manner by Hogg stretched the home lead to 14-0 in the 9th minute. North Ribblesdale fly-half Mick Thwaite reduced the arrears at 14-3 with a penalty in the 15th minute after Scarborough fly-half Tom Harrison had been penalised for not releasing.

North Ribblesdale’s cohesive forward pack had the upper hand in the forward exchanges and a driving maul shunted the home eight back from their own 10 metre line into their 22. However the Scarborough defence tidied up when the ball was moved from the subsequent ruck and Harrison attacked from deep and relieved the pressure.

Although the visitors had more possession they lacked the cutting edge of the Seasiders and it was no surprise when Prop Nino Cutino crossed and Hogg kicked another towering touchline conversion to stretch the lead to 21-3 in the 23rd minute. The second quarter was evenly fought with fullback Matty Young and young flanker Drew Govier impressing for Scarborough who maintained their lead to the break.

Coach Lee Douglas’s charges had at times struggled at scrum time in the first half but a reshuffle saw them gain parity up front after the interval and it was no surprise when they took an early lead Maloni Moata’ane (Loni Loni) crashing through the middle to score in the 2nd minute of the half. Hogg converted for 28-3.

With the back row supporting deep in Ribb territory the young visiting back line visibly wilted and it was no surprise when a slick move wide on Scarborough’s left saw Aaron Wilson crash over in the 50th minute for 33-3; Hogg missed his first conversion of the afternoon.

North Ribblesdale broke the shackles from the re-start following Wilson’s effort and scored their only try of the game in the 52nd minute, lock Adam Middleton crossing for the visitors and Thwaite converting to peg the Seasiders back at 10-33.

Scarborough dominated the later stages of the game with three tries coming in the final quarter; Loni Loni crashed over on the hour for his second touchdown to nudge his side further ahead at 38-10.

Perhaps the sweetest passage of play came shortly after that try when swift interpassing and movement between wing Joe Marshall and Tom Harrison saw the duo cut through the visitors wide defence before a lovely chip over two covering defenders saw the later bustle through only to be thwarted by a beast of a bounce and the Ribb cover managed to clear their lines.

However, the scoring continued and Hogg crashed through the centre then powered to the line for the game’s seventh try adding a 73rd minute conversion himself for 45-10. Scarborough continued to press and from a series of attacking scrums in the visitors’ 22, skipper Matty Jones twice managed to twice ground the ball in-goal near the corner flag only to be hauled back for a foot in touch.

And a Scarborough try-glut would have seemed strange without Tom Ratcliffe’s name appearing among the scorers and the big centre made it in injury time outstripping the North Ribblesdale defence and his teammate Graeme Hogg to get the touch on a grubber kick through to conclude the afternoon/evening’s entertainment. Hogg added his sixth conversion for 52-10 with the last kick of the game.

A horrendous injury list has seen North Ribblesdale struggle this season but their heads never went down against a rampant Scarborough side, particularly in the second half when they shipped 31 points.

Last week I asked for an 80 minute performance and Scarborough certainly provided one in this game. Pick of the backs were fullback Matty Young and centre Graeme Hogg who bagged a personal tally of 17 points. Up front skipper Jones had an industrious afternoon and young Drew Govier who was everywhere going forward and at the break down shone in the back row.

SCARBOROUGH: YOUNG MARSHALL HOGG RATCLIFFE LONI-LONI HARRISON WAKEHAM CONTINO JONES(CAPT) MURPHY READMAN WATSON GOVIER WILSON FAAMAU SUBSTITUTES: ZAVATTI SCALES MARTIN (ALL USED)

REFEREE: MR JORDAN WAGNER

SCARBOROUGH NEWS STAR MAN: DREW GOVIER

Not for the first time this season young flanker Drew Govier turned in a non-stop industrious performance both in defence where his work at the breakdown was outstanding and in attack. What an attribute he is to his team!

 

BRITISH AND IRISH CUP – POOL GAME

YORKSHIRE CARNEGIE 14 EALING TRAILFINDERS 10

By DAVE CAMPBELL

First up on a busy afternoon at an overcast and chilly Silver Royd was the British & Irish Cup tie between Yorkshire Carnegie and Ealing Trailfinders. Carnegie had to win this game to proceed in the competition.

Considering the distance both sets of supporters had to travel, both sides were well represented in the crowd with supporters from Middlesex a vocal bunch.

Carnegie blind-side flanker Ollie Stedman was sin-binned within minutes of the start for pulling down a maul and Ealing took the lead minutes later when scrum-half Luke Carter darted over and fly-half Rory Jennings converted for 7-0.

A scruffy first half saw much huffing and puffing from both sides but no clear chances from either side as their mid-field players looked to bulldoze through the middle with little or no subtlety in their approach.

Turning round seven points adrift Carnegie conceded a penalty to stretch the deficit to ten points early in the half.

The Leeds-based outfit stuck to their task and got back into the game at last with a try from flanker Andy Saull: fly-half Warren Seals added the extras and it was game on at 7-10. Carnegie got their driving game going in the fourth quarter and drove over from a rolling maul in the 73rd minute. Seals converted to see his side ahead for the first time at 14-10.

This win in their final pool game sees Carnegie drawn away at Championship leaders London Irish in the quarter finals of the competition.

 

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