Roundhegians forwards put Ripon to the sword

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A lack of forward power proved costly for Ripon as they began their Yorkshire Two campaign in defeat.

Ripon were undone 32-15 at Roundhegians despite Rob Harrison scoring a brace of tries.

This week, the Blues continue their league duties with their first home game of the season against Sheffield Medicals.

And the Steel City medics will present a stern test to new head coach Ian Hessell after narrowly missing out on promotion at the end of last season (kick-off 3pm).

On Saturday, Ripon travelled to North Leeds with a couple of changes from last week’s Yorkshire Shield defeat to Pontefract encounter.

Ripon started well but failed to establish authority on the game and they struggled to gain the same forward dominance as against Ponte.

Roundhegians scored five tries, with three scores arriving off the back of line-out catch and drives.

Starved of decent ball throughout the game, Ripon’s only reply to home team’s relentless pressure was two spectacular tries.

Both came from incisive counter attacks by in-form Joe Duffield and ably finished off by Harrison.

Ken Davey added a penalty goal and one conversion to make the score more respectable for Ripon.

First team manager Bob Champion said: “The home team managed the conditions and the referee far more effectively and won the day.

“The Rounghegians pack competed effectively at the breakdown and line out and were disruptive enough to prevent us from gaining much in the way of clean possession.

“The younger players are showing great potential and with the support of their more experienced team mates will come good soon.

“Given a more consistent flow of clean possession, it is clear that we have the ability to break the opposition and score efficiently and spectacularly.”