Sat 11
1st XV
Bridlington RUFC 28 – Selby RUFC 19

Bridlington RUFC 28 – Selby RUFC 19

By Karen Ratcliffe
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Report by Ian Marlow

Usually a trip to the seaside is a pleasant affair, but not for Selby on Saturday as they continued their run of poor form with a display as dismal as the weather to get what they usually get from a trip to Brid – nothing!

In their defence, aside from their grizzly front row, the Swans had a much-changed and inexperienced side out, with a particular shortage in the backs where youngsters James Bramley and Bran Pearson were drafted in for their debuts, and back-rower James Ibbetson putting in a shift as emergency centre alongside big Bob Robinson. No disrespect lads, but not much chance for young Bramley to see much ball going forward on the wing!

Brid fielded a massive pack and big backs who carried the ball strongly and Selby struggled to contain them at the advantage line, or even 10 metres behind it - and with the referee on a hair-trigger setting around the breakdown area Selby were soon three penalties down for 9-0, and a man down into the sin bin. A penalty chance from Selby flew well wide as stand-in fly-half and kicker Tanumi started as he meant to carry on, before Selby struck back against the run of play as their scrummage demolished Brid on their put in, and then demolished them again for a 10 metre pushover try, touched down by Sam Broughton for 9-5 (but earned by front-row Messrs Tunningley, Leetham, and Hardy).

A very flattering half-time scoreline to Selby was a forlorn hope however, as their poor tackling display continued, and Brid’s handy left winger ran back another failed Selby touch-finder from half way, with barely a hand laid on him to lengthen their lead. And Selby’s kicking game wasn’t much better either as another penalty chance in front of the sticks never made it over, before another error from a drop out gifted Brid a 5-metre lineout, which they drove over for 21-5 at half way.

Selby’s lack of ability to control possession, or stop the Brid runners, continued into the second-half and the East Yorkshiremen crossed again for a 28-5 lead. With not much cheer to look forward to for Swans supporters, the ref’s hair-triggerness then came to their rescue as various players, mostly from Brid, kept disappearing to the sin-bin at regular intervals. I couldn’t keep up with the number and speed of yellow cards (and the ref surely uses an A4 jotter for the number his eagerness to penalise generates?) but I think Brid were down to 13 men (not sure how many Selby had on at the time!) when replacement second-row beanpole Bruce Potter capped a fine individual display with a deserved try for 28-10, and just a glimmer that Selby may be able to salvage a losing bonus point somewhere.

With Selby continuing to dominate at scrum time, and Brid’s lack of on-field manpower, the Swans kept pressing - but fair play to Brid, their scrambling defence was excellent and all Selby had to show for their efforts at full time was a last gasp try to Hardy and a final, and flattering, score of 28-19.

The Swans stage their first return match of the season on Saturday at home to Huddersfield YMCA (all together now!), who they beat easily earlier this season – but methinks this game will be much harder!


15 Full Back
14 Wing Bramley J
13 Centre Robinson James
12 Centre Ibbotsen J
11 Wing Cruise H
10 Stand Off Tanumi T
9 Scrum Half Pearson B
1 Prop Tunningley A
2 Hooker Leatham A
3 Prop Hardy D
4 Lock Hebden J
5 Lock Campbell S
6 Flanker Parkinson A (C)
7 Flanker Green H
8 No 8 Broughton S


16 Potter B
17 Robinson Jay
18 Wotton M

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Sat 11, Dec 2021




Yorkshire One

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