Scarborough RUFC lose local derby with Pocklington 21-12 at Silver Royd this afternoon

23 Nov

Jordi Wakeham scores Scarborough’s first try against Pocklington PHOTOGRAPH BY JENNY BROWN WOOD

Scarborough played with the southerly breeze in the first half of a game dominated by defences in soggy, rainy conditions at Silver Royd this afternoon.

The Seasiders’ pack was shoved off the first scrum of the afternoon conceding a penalty and struggled thereafter in this facet of the game. However they took the lead early in the game when scrum half Jordi Wakeham charged down a clearance and followed up to score wide on the right. Fly-half Tom Ratcliffe added the extras from the touch line.

PHOTOGRAPH: JENNY BROWN WOOD

Thanks to their cohesive front five Pocklington dominated possession in the second quarter. Terrific Scarborough defence kept their line intact with a penalty from fly half Christian Pollock being the  visitors’ only first half score.

Pocklington dominated possession from the restart and took the lead with a try from No8 Marcus Britland in the 52nd minute converted by Pollock for a 10-7 lead.

Pock stretched their lead to 16-7 going into the last ten minutes with a further two penalties from Pollock.

Scarborough got right back into the game with a try from debutant Komiti ‘Via’ Tuilagi to reduce the arrears to 12-16 with four minutes to go but after having the put-in at a scrum in their own 22 they lost control and Britland crossed to seal a 21-12 win.

Via Tuilagi scores on debut PHOTOGRAPH: JENNY BROWN WOOD

Coach Simon Smith’s men defended well without the ball throughout a game played in difficult conditions and stuck to their task. However Pocklington had the Lion’s share of possession and deserved their first away win of the season.

CATCH CHARLIE HOPPER’S FULL REPORT WITH PICTURES IN THE SCARBOROUGH NEWS ON THURSDAY

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