Coach Talk – A report from Steve Hazzelby

Last Saturday we were on the road to play Hull a team we had not played for a number of seasons. They had gained promotion last season and had recruited well in the pre-season and were always going to give problems for any opposition with their big, powerful pack of forwards.

We had prepared and trained well in the week previous and started the game strongly with a penalty after four minutes from fly half Steve Collins followed twelve minutes later with a great try for winger Leon Simpson converted by Steve Collins to put us in a commanding ten point lead. We were now playing some of the best Rugby we had played all season with a solid scrum and  accurate line out which provided us with a solid platform to launch our strike plays and control the areas of the pitch that we wanted to play in.

Another good score for centre Oli Glasse again converted by Steve after twenty two minutes further extended our lead to 17-5 going into the interval. Hull to their credit did score through a catch and drive through their big forwards after 31 minutes to put them on the scoreboard going into half time.

The second half started well for the Tigers with some strong driving play through the forwards and wide open play from the backs. Despite this it was not until the 58th minute that we extended the lead with a great drop goal from Steve Collins to put us 20-5 up. Hull came back strongly with two scores of their own with another catch and drive from their forwards and a converted try after 66 minutes to put them right back in the game 20-17 with fifteen minutes to go.

Hull continued to test our defences but the boys dug deep and a great converted try for No 8 Tom Ailes after 74 minutes gave us some breathing space going into the last six minutes. Hull did score their fourth try on 80 minutes to give them two losing bonus points but the day belonged to the Tigers with a hard fought 27-24 win. A well deserved victory but lessons to be learned as in the previous week we have to find a way of closing the game out after a wonderful first half of Rugby.

On Saturday we entertain old Yorkshire rivals Otley at Park Lane. Previous encounters have always been close with two teams who want to play open Rugby. We know that we need to put in a top performance if we are to take the honours. Come and give your support to the team, enjoy the game and have a great afternoon.

Cheers, Hazz

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