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1st XV - Match centre

Driffield
Malton and Norton RUFC
Full time
A Coe, A Fothergill, Z Sodladla
Z Sodladla
Sat 18 Nov 14:15 - Cup

DRIFFIELD 22pts MALTON & NORTON 18pts

YORKSHIRE CUP HONOURS TO DRIFFIELD

Report By Bill Laidler

RUGBY UNION
DRIFFIELD 22pts MALTON & NORTON 18pts
Two much changed but evenly matched sides met for the second week running in a quarter final tie of the Yorkshire Cup. Malton were looking for revenge for last weeks narrow league defeat and a thoroughly entertaining game of rugby in almost perfect conditions was witnessed by the large crowd.
Malton began brightly, keeping possession well and making inroads into the home defence with some tremendous forward drives and controlled handling. They were rewarded on six minutes when sustained pressure on the Driffield line produced the first try of the game for Malton No.8 Ali Coe who touched down in the corner for a 5 – 0 lead. Malton kept up the early pressure with both the forwards and backs causing problems for the home defence. When Driffield were caught off side at a ruck some 40 metres out Malton fullback Zweli Sodladla stepped up and sent the ball cleanly between the posts to extend the lead to 8 – 0.
It was then Driffields turn to show their teeth and apply pressure on the Malton defences. The defence held out well for a long period but was finally beaten when Driffield spread the ball wide for the left wing to cross in the corner. Play then swung back in Maltons favour and on the half hour they struck again. From a set scrum on halfway Sodladla entered the line and made a defence splitting break on the left to feed Ali Fothergill who romped over to extend the lead to 13 – 5. Malton went into the break looking for more in the second half.
Driffield were also looking for more and needed less than a minute to reduce the arrears. A needless loose pass in centre field was intercepted and a breakaway try and conversion brought the hosts within one point of Maltons tally. Driffield were showing much more endeavour than in the first half and exerting tremendous pressure on Malton. Good defence, especially from youngsters Charlie Corner and Will Hughes, kept them out but, after a series of scrums on the Malton line, Driffield eventually spread the ball wide for a try in the corner to take the lead. For some reason Malton had lost the composure they had shown in the first half and were guilty on more than one occasion of over elaboration and handing possession back to the hosts as a result. Driffield took full advantage mid way through the half when a pick up and drive from a 5 metre scrum extended the lead to 13 – 22.
On the half hour Malton regained some of their previous fight and when Driffield lost possession in mid field Sodladla took control. Seeing that the home defence was absent he cleverly kicked ahead and followed up to regather and cross for a well earned try. With ten minutes to go Malton battered away at the home defence but could not find a way through and Driffield, for the second week running, were worthy winners.
Malton: Z. Sodladla, T.Foan, V. Dyantjies, C.Page, R.Armitage, L.Raduva, J.Bulmer, R.Featherstone, L.Welch, S.Thompson, A.Fothergill, W.Hughes, C.Corner, S.Triffitt, A.Coe. Subs: (used) J.Bulmer, S.Emms.

Key moments

6:00
Try Ali Coe scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
12:00
Penalty Zwelakhe Sodladla kicks a penalty for Malton and Norton RUFC
30:00
Try Alistair Fothergill scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
31:00
Try Zwelakhe Sodladla scores for Malton and Norton RUFC

Highlights

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31:00 Try 0 - 18
Zwelakhe Sodladla scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
End of period 1
30:00 Try 0 - 13
Alistair Fothergill scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
12:00 Penalty 0 - 8
Zwelakhe Sodladla kicks a penalty for Malton and Norton RUFC
6:00 Try 0 - 5
Ali Coe scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
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As it happened

  • Driffield
  • Malton and Norton RUFC
  • 0
  • Ali Coe Try 6:00'
  • Zwelakhe Sodladla Penalty 12:00'
  • Alistair Fothergill Try 30:00'
  • Zwelakhe Sodladla Try 31:00'

Team selection

Sodladla, Zwelakhe Sodladla, Zwelakhe
Foan, Tom Foan, Tom
Dyantjies, Vusumzi Dyantjies, Vusumzi
Page, Connor Page, Connor
Armitage, Rob Armitage, Rob
Raduva, Luke Raduva, Luke
Bulmer, James Bulmer, James
Coe, Ali Coe, Ali
Triffitt, Sam Triffitt, Sam
Corner, Charlie Corner, Charlie
Fothergill, Alistair Fothergill, Alistair
Hughes, Will Hughes, Will
Featherstone, Rob Featherstone, Rob
Welch, Lewis Welch, Lewis
Thompson, Simon Thompson, Simon

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