The Development teams opponents on Saturday were Keighley, who are in second in the league, and last week had a good win over league leaders West Leeds. Rishies have been unlucky in a few games this season but with an excellent squad selection confidence was high. Returning to the front row were Luke Illingworth and Richard Turner with Gez Rollings at 8. Coming in at fly half was Joe Billing with Charlie Stuart debuting at fullback.
The first precedent of the match for Rish was to get through the opening 10 minutes without conceding any points, and thankfully they did. Great counter rucking from the home side lead to a penalty which Joe Billing slotted over. Rishworthians were slowly taking control of the game with possession and dominance in the scrum. A good series of phases from right to left, and back again, was finished off with Gez Rollings piling over for the try. Billing added the conversion. The guys now had Keighley on the back foot, causing them to concede a number of penalties, and in the 5 minutes before half time Billing had 2 penalty attempts which just floated wide.
The second half didn't start to well for Rish as within a few minutes Keighleys winger found space to go in at the corner flag. Rishies defence was tremendous and made a number of turnovers in the ruck and the scrum. One such turnover on our 22 was taken forward by Billing who put in a lovely grubber behind the defence, chased by Rollings, who chipped forward and beat the defender to get a little finger on the ball for the try. Keighley were then awarded a couple of penalties in Rish 22 and from a scrum forward power forced them over to make the score 15-10.
Rish chose to run the ball out of defence, and after taking play in to the Keighley half, Oli Marshall was on hand to take the offload, break through a couple of tackles to dive over. Shortly after, another break by skipper Kurt Sutcliffe found Rollings who found a huge defensive hole to score his hat trick try. With the conversion by Billing the score was now 27-10 with 5 minutes to go. Keighley and the referee had the final say of the game. A Keighley lineout 5 metres out wasn't engaged by the Rish defence for the ruck, but Keighley drove over and the try was given! A well deserved victory by Rish with the try bonus point.
This excellent performance has been coming for some time through solid, consistent teamwork and the passion and determination to win.
The entire squad contributed to this victory, but mention must go to Joe Billing who was influential in midfield, and Gez Rollings, apart from his tries, was outstanding all over the field. The result takes Rishies up to 8th in the league and a place above next weeks opponents Selby 2.
Tries: Gez Rollings (3), Oli Marshall
Cons: Joe Billing (2)
Pen: Joe Billing
MoM: Gez Rollings
|1. R Mudd||2.L Illingworth||3. R Turner|
|6.H Robinson||7. J Illingworth|
|4. J McHugh||5. T Cockroft|
|8. G Rollings T3|
|9. L Phillips|
|10. J Billing C2 P|
|12. K Sutcliffe|
|13. O Marshall T|
|11. S Puddephatt||14. W Illingworth|
|Subs||B Rooney||C Hattam||T Jowle||J Whiteley|
Rishworthians v Keighley Slideshow.
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