Yorkshire Two: Ripon defeated in 101-point belter

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Spectators were given a feast of tries to witness as Ripon Rugby Club played out a memorable defeat at Keighley on Saturday.

More than 100 points were scored in a match that saw players cross the tryline on 16 occasions.

However Ripon were on the wrong side of the scoreline for a fifth straight match as they fell into relegation trouble in Yorkshire Two.

Keighley eventually won the clash 63-38, but the Mallorie Park officials left praising a spirited performance from the Blues, who picked up a losing bonus points for the six tries they scored.

Bob Champion, first team manager, said: “We are staying in league contention for another week and are definitely not letting results lower their morale.”

This weekend, Ripon welcome old adversaries Knottingley to Mallorie Park hoping for less controversy than last season’s contest.

In the 2013/14 seaon, the Wakefield side were involved in a controversial void clash against Ripon after the referee abandoned the clash due to the wet conditions, with Ripon leading.

Champion added: “At this point in the season, it is very much anticipated that with the current weather patterns and the superb condition of the pitch, 80 minutes of Rugby will be possible.

“Apart from the weather, a lively home crowd is likely to lift Ripon sufficiently to increase their points tally in the league and start to string together some consistently good performances.

“The squad knows what needs to be done, so the time for putting the hard training effort into match winning performances is upon all.”

Keighley’s powerful pack had a sizable advantage over Ripon on Saturday and they helped the hosts wrap up the clash in the first 40 minutes with seven tries.

In contrast, Ripon’s backs had suffered from poor support play and ball retention as only Joe Mpyana’s unconverted try gave the visiting faithful something to cheer.

The second half saw a different Ripon come out of the blocks against a tiring Keighley pack. And despite losing captain Adam Newcombe to injury, Ripon sliced the hosts lead in two with five tries, scored by Joe Mpyana, Joe Duffield (2), Tom Newby and Mark Spilman. Bob Whitaker added four conversions. However, time ran out on the Blues’ comeback as Keighley rose above them into eighth.

Meanwhile, Ripon Hornblowers beat Keighley 2nds 23-12. at Mallorie Park.

Ripon squad to face Knottingley: Duffield, Mypana, Buckley, Newby, Spillman, Davey, Stirk, Whitaker, Stead, E Findlay, Cassidy, Brittan, Barker, Sadler, R Nicholson, Coyne, Newcombe, Plant.

Ripon 3rds v York 4ths: Aylward, Campbell, Kettlewell, R Storesdale, Jay Snowdon, Hooley, Arden, Kite, Henstock, Pope, Shepherd, Edwards, Johnson, Clough, Rees, Cotes, Graham, Carston, Leeming, J Storesdale, Foster, Yates.