Old Brodleians RUFC 40 - 27 Selby RUFC
By Karen Ratcliffe
Selby win a 4 try bonus point after a battling performance.
Old Brodleians RUFC 40 – 27 Selby RUFC
Report by Ian Marlow (Posted by Stephen Ward)
Selby can hold their heads up after a battling performance at one of their perennial bogey clubs earned them a five try haul and a hard earned bonus point – and while they were always second best to a very competent Brodleians side, just a little bit more experience, and maybe even a little bit more luck, may have closed the gap to earn them the additional losing bonus point.
Playing down the slope and with the breeze, Selby knew they had to maximise their scoring chances and they made a good start with the forwards applying early pressure before hooker Joe Raddings made an excellent break before feeding fellow front rower Duncan Hardy to power over for the opening try. The simple conversion was charged down though meaning that when Brodleians battered their own way upfield through their big, strong pack and then their big strong backs, their own converted try re-took the lead after 10 minutes. Selby’s forwards returned to their task though and were unlucky when back rowers Liam Hogan and Tom Edwards combined beautifully, and not for the last time, to seemingly send the latter in for a great try near the posts – however an equally good Brodleians tackle held the ball up and the chance was gone. And similar chances right on the Brodleians line went begging as a combination of misfiring line outs and excellent Brodleians scrummaging and defence frustrated Selby. Then to rub salt into Selby’s efforts, Brodleians showed how it should be done by breaking out of defence straight up the middle to recycle and score again for a 14-5 lead.
Selby’s frustrations continued and magnified as another great Hogan-Edwards combination brought play back onto the Brodleians line where second rower Stephen Clark crashed over – but again the ball was held up inches from the ground. And then, after more sustained forward pressure, Hogan forced his way over but again, unbelievably, excellent Brodleians defence managed to hold the ball up for no score. Finally, a great inside pass from Hardy sent Edwards on his way again, and the flying flanker made no mistake with Selby’s second try – although again, the relatively simple conversion was missed for a 14-10 score.
When Brodleians again took advantage of some weak tackling to take the score to 19-10 at half time, Selby’s chances of getting anything from the match against the slope and elements were looking slim. However, the Swans, with a number of young and inexperienced players to the fore, stuck to their guns and, after a few minutes of dross from both sides, Selby were back in the game as Olly Raynor did his own Tom Edwards impression to blaze through the Brodleians line before finding the supporting Danny Wilkinson who expertly kicked ahead for Selby’s king speedster, Ash Dallimore, to touch down for a cracking converted try. Selby hopes of a turnaround were quickly dashed though as awful tackling again allowed a Brodleians player to canter through from half way, and with their tails now up Brodleians again smashed through some flimsy defence for a 33-17 lead on the hour.
To Selby’s credit though there was no capitulation and, while Brodleians were undoubtedly the dominant team, they nevertheless manged to create plenty of chances of their own - and their efforts were rewarded with a fourth try bonus point as Wilkinson broke blind from a scrum to feed a mystery replacement winger, later identified as one Ryan Bateman, who then did absolutely everything right to draw his man and put the supporting Clark over for another excellent try and a 33-22 score line. Any Selby thoughts of closing the difference to one score were quickly disabused by another powerful Brodleians reply, before Selby applied their own icing to their own cake with the final try as Edwards, capping a fabulous personal performance, again sliced through the Brodleians defence to kick on for Wilkinson to successfully (although dubiously) claim the touchdown before it ran dead.