Ripon plot Hull downfall after super Skipton win

NARG1103052 Ripon V Doncaster. Ripon's Michael Shepherd.  1103052AMv
NARG1103052 Ripon V Doncaster. Ripon's Michael Shepherd. 1103052AMv

RIPoN coach Al Norrie has called on his side to harness the power of Mallorie Park ahead of tomorrow’s Yorkshire Two home game with Hullensians (3pm ko).

Ripon have two important home games in the next eight days’ to get their teeth into.

Saturday’s 11-10 win over Skipton started the run in their back yard.

Next Saturday’s visit of Pocklington will end it.

“It represents a great chance to win a few and move up the table,” said Norrie.

“Hull are like a lot of teams in the division. They’re not strong in the forwards, they’re not strong in the backs. They are just a good all round team.”

Norrie will have Gareth Osbourne and Craig Wolloms back in their squad for tomorrow’s clash.

On Saturday Ripon’s draw at Skipton earlier in the season was a guide to the outcome of this match and a one point win for home team Ripon was welcome in a game that could have gone either way.

The early converted try for Skipton after just three minutes was entirely predictable as for the first ten minutes the home side were true to form in taking time to settle.

A penalty by Scott McAra after seven minutes was cancelled out by a Skipton penalty only two minutes later and the rest of the half remained scoreless with both sides creating opportunities without being able to capitalise.

With a half time score of 10-3 favouring the visitors Ripon kicked off with a slight breeze at their backs and playing towards the club house.

The second period belonged mainly to Ripon with most of match being played in the Skipton half of the field and after 18 minutes a McAra penalty reduced the lead to just four points.

Ripon continued to play the game in the visitors half but the defence was solid and there was always a danger of a swift breakaway by the nippy Skipton backs.

With substitutions in the pack, the Ripon scrummage came under pressure and the set-piece ball from that source became unpredictable but lineouts were still going well and McAra put some good raking kicks deep into the Skipton 22 to set up good attacking positions.

With only two minutes of normal time to go Ripon were still looking for that decisive score until at last some space was created down the right hand side and from a ruck on the ten metre line Rob Nicholson’s clever box kick was well followed up by centre Rob Harrison to score in the corner.

With the score now 11-10 the game entered injury time and an agonising ten minutes followed with Ripon hanging on.

A last-minute long range penalty attempt from Skipton fell short and Ripon had secured the win that they just about deserved by virtue of their territorial advantage in the second half and ability to keep their visitors scoreless for this period.

Ripon Wakemen travelled to Old Modernians 2nds and were unlucky to return with a 31-21 defeat.

Tomorrow’s teams: 1st XV v Hullensians. Home, 3pm ko, from: Bell; Six; M.Spilman; Osborne; Harrison; S.Nicholson; McAra; R.Nicholson; Newcombe; Box; Wolloms; S.Coyne; Plant; T.Spilman; M. Pickles; A.Scott-Paul; J.Potter; Ellis.

2nd XV v Sheffield. Away, meet 12.30 pm, from: Matthews; A.Potter; Rees; Williamson; Shepherd; Whitaker; Rowntree; Hudson; Marzak; J.P.Coyne; Sadler; Bulmer; M.Nicholson; Watson; Whiter; Barker; Farrell.

3rd XV v Sheffield. Away:Meet 12.30 pm. From: Aylward; Carsten; Sullivan; Pascoe; Mcgill; Harris; Brewster; Hugill; Campbell; Marston; Whall; James; Mortimer; Langburns; Joe Turner; White; Seldon; Hill; Sidley; Webb.