Derby suc­cess for Scar­boro’

The Scarborough News - - NEWS - BY DAVE CAMP­BELL Dave.camp­bell352@gmail.com Twit­ter: @camp­bell­rugby

A con­trast of styles saw a for­ward-ori­en­tated Pock­ling­ton side take on Scar­bor­ough, who trav­elled to Percy Road on Satur­day.

A con­trast of styles saw a for­ward-ori­en­tated Pock­ling­ton side take on Scar­bor­ough, who trav­elled to Percy Road look­ing to play the brand of dy­namic run­ning rugby which had pro­duced 18 tries and three wins in their last three games.

Pock­ling­ton’s kick-off went di­rectly into touch and Scar­bor­ough, hav­ing won the re­sult­ing scrum, moved the ball into home ter­ri­tory.

They get onto the front foot in the early ex­changes with some pow­er­ful phase play be­fore mov­ing the ball wide then back in­side for hooker Sam Daw­son to hit a per­fect line and power over in the sev­enth minute, fly-half Tom Rat­cliffe added the ex­tras for a 7-0 lead.

Fol­low­ing suc­cess in the early set scrums, Scar­bor­ough strug­gled and a strike against the head for Pock­ling­ton saw the ball moved up­field with some pow­er­ful car­ry­ing and num­ber eight Andy Lit­tle pow­ered over be­tween the up­rights from close range to level the scores at 7-7, with the help of full-back Chris­tian Pol­lock’ s con­ver­sion.

The ac­tion con­tin­ued apace and the vis­i­tors re­gained the lead when an inch-per­fect grub­ber kick from Rat­cliffe found James Per­rett, up in sup­port, and the Aussie full­back col­lected and glided over with prac­ticed ease in the 17th minute.

Rat­cliffe con­verted for 14-7. The game ebbed and flowed and next up it was Pock­ling­ton who kicked a penalty con­ceded by Scar­bor­ough at scrum time into the cor­ner.

From the re­sult­ing line-out and drive, hooker Jim Thorn­ton was driven over and Pol­lock lev­elled the scores at 14-14 with his 19th-minute con­ver­sion.

The men from Percy Road were hav­ing things all their own way at scrum time and Scar­bor­ough strug­gled to get their hands on the ball.

How­ever, the home side’s third touch­down came from a ruck and this time they drove to the line and Lit­tle bagged his sec­ond try of the con­test on the half-hour for a 19-14 lead. Pol­lock failed to con­vert.

Scar­bor­ough’s mo­bile pack were to-a-man mak­ing their pres­ence felt in the loose, with per­haps Tom Hicks in un­fa­mil­iar ter­ri­tory in the back row, tak­ing the plau­dits with a pow­er­ful per­for­mance.

Rat­cliffe was hav­ing a cracker of a game and once again caused havoc with the most del­i­cate of chips through to find winger Jonty Hol­loway wide on the left.

The fly­ing wing­man was brought down just short of the line, but popped the ball up to cen­tre Aaron Wil­son, who pow­ered over from close range wide on the left.

Rat­cliffe missed the 38th minute con­ver­sion and the scores were level 19-19 at the break.

The sec­ond half got off to a fly­ing start with Pock­ling­ton touch­ing down in the 44th and 46th min­utes with two close- range ef­forts fol­low­ing driv­ing for­ward play.

Full-back Pol­lock failed to con­vert ei­ther but Pock led 29-19.

As the game went into its fi­nal quar­ter, the Seasiders at least gained par­ity at the set scrums, which gave sc rum half Jor­dan Wake ham and Rat cliff ea chance to run the game.

And the vis­i­tors saw a chink of light at the end of tun­nel in the 63rd minute when they won a line-out on the Pock­ling­ton 10-me­tre line and moved the ball in­field through Wake­ham and Rat­cliffe to Wil­son, who scythed through a series of anaemic tack­les to score a spec­tac­u­lar try be­tween the up­rights.

Rat­cliffe con­verted to re­duce the ar­rears at 29-16.

Things got a lit­tle heated with the home side un­der pres­sure in their own 22 in the 65th minute and Scar­bor­ough’s Cade Robin­son and Pock­ling­ton’s Ed David­son were sent to the bin.

Scar­bor­ough pres­sure saw Pock cen­tre Josh Brit­ton fum­ble on half­way, Rat­cliffe stole pos­ses­sion and slipped the ball to Per­rett, who left two de­fend­ers for dead and gal­loped away to score near the posts with 10 min­utes to go.

Rat­cliffe con­verted and added a penalty in front of the sticks four min­utes later for a 36-29 lead.

The Seasiders had Wil­son sin-binned for a de­lib­er­ate knock-on in the first minute of in­jury time and then had to spend time de­fend­ing on their own line be­fore ref­eree James Nimmo blew time, bring­ing pro­ceed­ing to an end.

In the backs Per­rett and stand-in cen­tre Wil­son were con­stant thorns in the col­lec­tive Pock­ling­ton side, half-backs Wake­ham and par­tic­u­larly Rat­cliffe were buzzing through­out with per­haps Hicks pick of the for­wards.

Con­sid­er­ing that for longish pe­ri­ods of the game they were starved of pos­ses­sion, Scar­bor­ough kept their com­po­sure, played to their strengths and came away with five very cred­itable points.

Their points haul en­sured a fourth con­sec­u­tive win and as a re­sult, Scar­bor­ough re­main sec­ond on goal dif­fer­ence be­hind York in the North One East stand­ings with 32 points from eight out­ings.

Scar­bor­ough RUFC’s Ben Mar­tin halts a Pock­ling­ton at­tack dur­ing the away side’s su­perb 36-29 win PIC­TURES BY ANDY STAND­ING

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