Scar­boro’ siz­zle on derby day

The Scarborough News - - WELCOME TO YOUR NEWS - BY DAVE CAMP­BELL­ Twit­ter: @Camp­bell­rugby

A game of skill and pas­sion saw Scar­bor­ough tri­umph over York in what was the most ex­cit­ing con­test ever seen at Sil­ver Royd.

A game of skill and pas­sion which ebbed and flowed from start to fin­ish saw Scar­bor­ough and York share 15 tries with the hosts just edg­ing what was un­doubt­edly the most ex­cit­ing con­test ever seen at Sil­ver Royd.

York took pos­ses­sion from the kick-off and kicked a penalty to the cor­ner and from the re­sult­ing line-out they drove over with fly-half Liam Hes­say touch­ing down in the fourth minute.

Full-back John Dawes missed a dif­fi­cult con­ver­sion in the swirling wind.

From the re-start York re­gained pos­ses­sion and spread the ball wide left, where cen­tre Ge­orge Davies cut in­side and gal­loped over be­tween the up­rights.

Dawes added the ex­tras for a 12-0 York lead fol­low­ing an open­ing pe­riod when Scar­bor­ough failed to get their hands on the ball.

Many feared the Seasiders may be swamped early in the game, but they showed great re­silience and fight­ing spirit liv­ing off scraps in the face of some bril­liant pos­ses­sion rugby from the vis­i­tors.

They then came storm­ing back with tries from scrumhalf Jordy Wake­ham, who took a quick-tap from a penalty in the York half to jink his way through the vis­it­ing de­fence to score in the eighth minute and wing Jack An­der­son, who showed his op­po­site num­ber a clean pair of heels to power to over in the 15th minute to level the scores at 12-12.

Fly-half Tom Rat­cliffe con­verted Wake­ham’s ef­fort.

Scar­bor­ough’s ‘in your face’ at­ti­tude at the break­down was ex­em­pli­fied by French prop Alexi Coré, who stole the ball at a ruck mid­way in the vis­i­tors’ half and mus­cu­larly barged his way through a posse of de­fend­ers for a bril­liant solo try in the 25th minute.

Rat­cliffe con­verted for a 1912 Scar­bor­ough lead.

The Min­ster­men, who played some ter­rific rugby through­out, re­gained con­trol and tries from num­ber eight Shane Gould­ing and wing Rich Downey, con­verted by Dawes, saw them lead 24-19 at the break fol­low­ing a breath­tak­ing first 40 min­utes.

The cham­pagne stuff con­tin­ued af­ter the break with Scar­bor­ough run­ning in four tries with­out re­ply in 25 min­utes, flanker Aaron Wil­son, debu­tant for­ward Cade Robin­son, lock Tom Hicks and Wake­ham touch­ing down.

Rat­cliffe con­verted two and with quar­ter of an hour to go Scar­bor­ough led 43-24. Game over? Not a bit of it. The gutsy Min­ster­men just wouldn’t lie down and re­gained con­trol up front, run­ning in an­other three tries.

Hes­say, fol­lowed by winger Gary Sin­gle­ton then full-back Dawes crossed in the space of six min­utes.

Dawes con­verted two and the vis­i­tors had stunned the Sil­ver Royd crowd into si­lence, draw­ing level at 43-43 with three min­utes to go.

With the game look­ing set for what would have been an un­likely draw the young Scar­bor­ough side drove deep into York ter­ri­tory and Wake­ham threw a miss-pass to Jack An­der­son just out­side the vis­i­tors’ 22.

He turned on the af­ter­burn­ers to take him to the line where he was held up.

The ball was re­cy­cled and Wake­ham passed in­side and Matty Jones looped in to crash through and scat­ter a line of de­fend­ing bod­ies on the line to score in the 81st minute and Sil­ver Royd went wild.

Rat­cliffe landed the dif­fi­cult wide con­ver­sion for a 5043 win and a stun­ning end to a mag­nif­i­cent con­test.

This was a game which could have gone ei­ther way and which nei­ther side de­served to lose.

York for the most part played an en­ter­tain­ing brand of run­ning rugby aug­mented by ex­cel­lent ball re­ten­tion.

Scar­bor­ough had to live off scraps for much of the time but were in­ven­tive, slick and played with con­trolled ag­gres­sion in bro­ken play.

New­comer Cade Robin­son had an out­stand­ing de­but and bagged him­self a try.

The whole for­ward pack worked their col­lec­tive socks off and prop Coré had his best game for the club.

Be­hind them Wake­ham took the plau­dits with Rat­cliffe and Per­rett in a buzzing back line.

Jack An­der­son touches down in Scar­bor­ough RUFC’s su­perb 50-43 home win against York on Satur­day PIC­TURES BY ANDY STAND­ING

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