On a cold and blustery day, Rishies took on their closest rivals in a closely fought local derby unfortunately narrowly ending up on the losing side.
After several days of Storm Brian doing his best to ruin everyone's weekend fun, conditions were far from ideal but two teams of young warriors took the field. Despite the later than usual kick off time of 2pm it seemed Rishies were still fast asleep at kick off with Crocs completely dominating the early exchanges. Simple mistakes and basic errors hampered the home side and their opposition gladly took advantage racing away into a 4 try lead.
Late in the half Rishies finally awoke from their slumber and burst into life. Starting half Josh Beck smashed through the right hand edge defence before releasing Callum Sutcliffe with a neat offload. Suttys flashing footwork beat the cover tacklers before popping the pass to Louis Peron who showed his pace to race away for the Home sides first try.
A slow start to the second half again saw the crocs extend their lead before Rishies finally kicked into gear and took control of the game. The second half was largely dominated by the home side who played some fantastic Rugby. The defence finally started to pile the pressure on and forced repeated turnovers and allowed Rishies to dominate possession.
The comeback was kick started with a fantastically taken try by winger Jordan Varley before great team work and fast hands were rewarded when Louis managed to bag a second. Jake Parkinson was a constant thorn in the Crocs side and showed how powerful he was by bursting straight through the middle fending off an unfortunate crocs defender before crashing over. He grabbed a second only moments later, once again demonstrating his pace and power to put Rishies within a score of the Crocs.
With time ticking away a flurry of passes switching the play from Right wing to left wing released flying winger Rhys who looked odds on to equalise with almost the last play of the game. Sadly a heroic personal effort from Crocs defender Henry Ogden, who flew across three quarters of the field to make a match winning tackle, denied the Rishies a draw.
With the coaching staff lamenting a slow start, there were at the very least some very positive signs with the home side never giving in and not allowing their heads to drop. The fightback showed the skills and determination the team possess. The return match at Crocs should be an absolute cracker!
Tries: L Peron 2, J Parkinson 2, J Varley 1,
|1. K Greenwood||2. F Shields||3. T Blackhall|
|4. J Parkinson T2||5. K Harrison|
|8. J Billington|
|9. J Beck|
|10. L Iribarren|
|12. S Ogden|
|13. R Hunt|
|11. J Varley T||14. L Peron T2|
|15. C Sutcliffe|
|W Town||A Gow|
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