Sunday the 6th October saw Selby u12's first home game of the season, and thankfully the weather turned making it a glorious morning for Rugby.
Ripon were the opposition of the day, fielding a strong and formidable team with a number of tall youngsters. Selby's 1st game started off on the back foot conceding a number of quick tries run in by the mighty forwards of Ripon. Selby responded putting in some excellent tackles, but the sheer size difference was too much of an advantage for the away team.
The second game, saw Selby's 2nd team take to the field, and having watched the heavy defeat in the first game, the coaches pre game talk reassured the Selby team of putting the opponents under pressure. The lads rallied to the call, and from the start were all over the Ripon defence, before breaking through for William Harrison to score a try in the corner, proving they had the ability to put the size of the opponent to one side and put them under pressure and force them to make the mistakes. It was a tight game, but another try through William Tehan saw Selby win the game two one.
With the third game, Selby knew they could hit the strong attacking players, but despite some excellent tacking by the smaller members of the back line, Ripon managed to break through for a couple of tries. Selby kept their heads, and with some excellent passing made it to the corner for couple more tries to level the game. Ripon put in a couple of set piece moves to see their tall forwards break through the back line to score two more tries before the final whistle.
A good morning of rugby as usual down at Sandhill Lane, with the coaches picking out William Harrison and William Tehan for some strong running to score a couple of tries each, as well as Luke Fairfield and Oliver Love, who put in a number of text book tackles on opponents nearly twice their size. Well played all.