Old Rish fell to a second successive defeat on Saturday after yet again having to play another match without a full complement of backs. Salem had only won a couple of matches this season, so Rish were hoping for the win, but Salem had a different idea.
Salem took the game by the scruff of the neck and had most of the possession, all of it in Rishies half. Constant pressure paid off after 20 minutes, as slick passing and poor tackling rewarded Salem with the try, and before half time they added a second to lead 10-0 at the break.
Things were no better in the second half with Salem adding a further 4 converted tries to lead 38-0 with 5 minutes to go. In and amongst, Rish had played some neat rugby, with a couple,of good breaks but just lacked the finishing touch. We did manage to get on the scoreboard after a number of good phases found Luke Dawrant out wide who walked in from a few feet.
With the game nearly at an end Rish had a line out 5 metres from the Salem line, and a catch and drive took them over with Jamie Ramsey crashing down. Unfortunately the referee motioned held up, but I am assured by the crowd behind the posts that the score was good. C'est la vie!
Full time score 38-5 to Salem, who take lots of confidence in to the return fixture next Saturday. If Rish manage to get positions filled by the right personnel we should hopefully give a better account of ourselves.
Try: L.Dawrant Starting XV: J.Ramsay, K.Hattam, C.Fox, S.Rawnsley, A.Bell, L.Illingworth, T.Higginbottom, T.Muscat-Baron, W.McDonnell, K.Sutcliffe, B.Udofia, R.Turner, S.Bake, B.Rooney, L.Atkinson Reps: L.Hilton, M.Brooke, A.Sykes, L.Dawrant
|1. J Ramsey||2.C Hattam||3. C Fox|
|6.T Muscat-Baron||7. T Higginbottom|
|4. S Rawnsley||5. A Bell|
|8. L Illingworth|
|9. W McDonnell|
|10. K Sutcliffe|
|13. S Bake|
|11. B Rooney||14. B Udofia|
|15. L Atkinson|
|Subs||M Brook||L Hilton||A Sykes||L Dawrant T|
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