COACH Al Norrie has told his Ripon men to learn from last Saturday’s defensive mistakes and wipe away the challenge of West Leeds tomorrow (3pm ko).
With the Mallorie Parkers winning 22-17 with five minutes to go against Yarnburn on Saturday, two slip-ups cost them dear and let their Yorkshire Two rivals pinch a 24-22 victory.
Norrie knows that can’t happen again.
“We threw it away,” he said.
“Two mistakes cost us. We should have kept the ball and shoved it up our jumper, but we gave it away and they won.
“It was really frustrating because we did enough to win the game.
“But at the end of the day we didn’t and we need to learn from that.
“But we’ve got to look at the positives. We played a lot of youngsters who came in and did really well.”
West Leeds are one place above Ripon in the ladder, but a whopping 12 points adrift.
“There’s a big gap between us and them,” continued Norrie.
“It doesn’t look like any of the bottom four are going to catch them.
“But I’m confident. If we play anything like we did on Saturday we’ll be in with a good chance of beating them.”
Norrie is hoping to pick from a strong squad for tomorrow’s game.
A victory would pull Ripon further away from the bottom two. They currently sit fourth in the ladder.
Tomorrow’s teams: 1st XV v West Leeds. Home, 3pm ko:
Squad selected: Bell; R.Nicholson; Spilman; Frank; Mcara; Magill; Going; Rowntree; Newcombe; Sadler; Wolloms; Ellis; Watson; Barker; Turner; J.Potter; Scott-Paul; Box.
2nd XV v Cleckheaton. Away Meet:1pm. Squad selected: Hooks; Stiddart; Kirby; Nash; Drane; Rees; Groundwater; Foster; Stirk; Whitaker; Eltringham; Howard; Champion; Kite; Lumb; M.Nicholson; A.Potter; Clough; Robinson.
3rd v Leeds Medics. Away.Meet 1pm. Squad selected: Whall; Gath-walker; Rivers; Bulmer; Tyreman; Roberts; Ingram; Clegg; Mckie; White; Gammon; Farrell; Jenkins; Campbell; Montgomery; Ardron; Sykes; Hudson; Brewster; S.Nicholson; Aylward.