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Sun 15 Jan 2023
Hull Ionians RUFC
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Under 15 Selby V Hull Ionians

Under 15 Selby V Hull Ionians

Selby RUFC19 Jan - 08:59
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15th January 2023

For the first game of 2023, a large squad of 25 players travelled to Brantingham Park for the fixture, thankfully it was a dry, bright but chilly morning. The sunshine was a very welcome sight after a week of wet and windy weather. The squad last played Ionians at the beginning of October with our hosts taking the win 24 -17. Hopefully, this time Selby would come out on top and level the score.

First half
Play commenced and quickly Ionians pressed forward, probing the Selby lines for a chance to breakthrough. Selby held them off. For the next 10 minutes, possession of the ball was swapped between the sides, neither making any real headway. Eventually, though Ionians set up camp in Selby's 22. The squad determinedly put in the tackles & counter rucked but could not regain possession. An Ionian player put in a short run, head down charging towards the try line however crucially as it turns out sweeper in defence, Connor D tackled him just before the line, Ionians convinced they had scored celebrated their success. The ref didn't agree, he declared it was short of the line. It was Selby's turn to celebrate their defensive effort. Sadly though not long after Ionians were finally rewarded for their time in the Selby's 22 and converted the try with a successful kick at the sticks. Again played resumed in the same manner, both sides having a turn at possession, Will C had a couple of gallops up the wing before being put into touch and at one point nearly being garrotted by his top after an Ionian player grabbed it by the scruff. No foul play said the ref. Again Ionians came into the Selby 22 and very soon took the opportunity to score after a lapse of concentration. The final 5 minutes of the first half and Ionians were feeling confident. Stalking the Selby line, passing the ball along while looking for gaps, slowly gaining territory. Selby pressurised in defence, forcing them to scramble back but they still held the ball. Ionians quickly moved the ball out to the wing after spotting that most of the Selby squad had drawn infield during the defensive efforts. An Ionian player on a full-tilt run down the wing looked like a sure thing to score, Toby T though tracked across the field to make a crucial tackle, It halted the Ionian momentum and eventually the ref blew the whistle for the end of the first half. Score 12 – 0 to Ionians.

Second half
Despite being 2 tries down, Selby looked more determined and focused for the 2nd half. Lots of attacking play, short burst runs from the forwards and maintaining possession to gain territory, the backs moving the ball from wing to wing looking for the opportunity to score. Ionians defended staunchly and this resulted in them having some running opportunities of their own. The 2nd half seemed to be deadlocked with both sides looking evenly matched. Finally, though Connor D showed his attacking flair and charged through the Ionian defenders. Selby's support erupted, the squad needed a try and Connor delivered. It was not to be his only try, as 8 mins later he scored again. We were unlucky not to convert the kicks. During this half some of the discipline did start to wane from the Ionians, penalties being given for high tackles with some players spoken to repeat-ably The ref fed up with issuing warnings eventually showed one young man a yellow card and off he went for a sit down for 6 mins. Ionians down to 14 players pushed on with the attack and were successful to score. The final score was 17-10 for the Ionians. It was a close game and really could have gone Selby's way. Coaches awarded Toby T with 'forward' of the match and Ben C for 'back' of the match. Ben C, Captain, led by example with his sheer work rate and then played out of his usual position to play scrum half.

The next match is a Cup game at home to Driffield on the 22nd of January.

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Sun 15 Jan 2023



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