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1st XV - Match centre

Malton & Norton
West Leeds
N Rangiuira
P Angus
P Angus
Sat 13 Jan 14:15 - Northern Division - North One East Full time


Much better but still no win

Report by Bill Laidler

A much better performance from Malton against a side who have been amongst the promotion contenders all season. Indeed, Malton were in front until ten minutes from time although West Leeds had dominated possession for long periods. Conditions were heavy underfoot and a cold breeze swept across the pitch. The sizeable crowd were kept fully entertained with a game which produced five yellow cards and one red. However, although a lot of the action was at close quarters, it was not a particularly rough game and both sides did produce some good running rugby when the opportunity arose.
Most of the play in the first half was played in the Malton half of the pitch with Malton defending well to keep the visitors at bay. When they did break Malton looked dangerous in attack. Not until the fortieth minute was the deadlock broken when Malton were awarded a penalty in front of the posts for a high tackle. Paul Angus converted and Malton held a slender 3 – 0 lead. From the restart and deep into added time Malton again attacked. A defence splitting break by No.8 Ali Coe took him deep into the visitors half. With the visitors’ defence desperately trying to recover the ball was quickly recycled to the backs and slick handling got it into the hands of centre Nick Rangiuira who took the ball at pace to cross close to the posts. Angus converted and Malton went into the break with a 10 – 0 lead.
The second half was almost a mirror image of the first. Maltons pack were probably on top in the set pieces but, sadly, were unable to secure their own ball at line out time. This has been a failing all season and requires urgent action if this source is to be exploited to its full. West Leeds narrowed the gap after 17 minutes when Malton were penalised for not rolling away following a tackle and the visitors gladly accepted the three points on offer. On the half hour they drew level. Taking a line out five metres out they set up a maul and were moving towards the Malton line when Malton were penalised for illegally pulling down the maul. A quick tap penalty caught Malton napping as a second row forward crossed for the try. The conversion brought the scores level. Fingernails were being bitten to the quick by supporters of both sides in the closing minutes with Malton mounting several attacks without success. West Leeds got into scoring territory with a line out close to the Malton line. At the maul Coe appeared to have legally stripped the ball carrier of the ball to break free only for the referee to think otherwise and award the visitors a penalty. The ball soared between the posts and West Leeds were in the lead for the first time.
In the dying minutes Malton valiantly tried to make amends but lost substitute prop forward Nick Salisbury who was shown a red card for foul play at a scrum. The final whistle sounded and the vociferous Leeds support were ecstatic.
This was a much better show from Malton who were almost back to full strength. Coe was named Man of the Match but Tom Foan, Zweli Sodladla and two or three others were not far behind.
Malton now travel to North Shields to take on fellow strugglers Percy Park and confidence must have taken a boost from this performance.
Malton:Z.Sodladla, V.Dyantjies, T.Foan, N.Rangiuira, R.Armitage, L.Raduva, P.Angus, A.Turnbull, L.Welch, R.Featherstone, J.Rounthwaite, A.Fothergill, T.Lowry, S.Triffitt, A.Coe. Subs: (all used) N.Salisbury, C.Corner, J.Bulmer

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Ali Coe

Player of the Match

Ali Coe

Key moments

Penalty Paul Angus kicks a penalty for Malton & Norton
Try Nick Rangiuira scores for Malton & Norton
Conversion Paul Angus kicks a conversion for Malton & Norton

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80:00 Player of the Match
Ali Coe is awarded player of the match for Malton & Norton
End of period 1
39:00 Conversion 10 - 0
Paul Angus kicks a conversion for Malton & Norton
39:00 Try 8 - 0
Nick Rangiuira scores for Malton & Norton
37:00 Penalty 3 - 0
Paul Angus kicks a penalty for Malton & Norton
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  • Malton & Norton
  • West Leeds
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  • Paul Angus Penalty 37:00'
  • Nick Rangiuira Try 39:00'
  • Paul Angus Conversion 39:00'

Team selection

Sodladla, Zwelakhe Sodladla, Zwelakhe
Dyantjies, Vusumzi Dyantjies, Vusumzi
Foan, Tom Foan, Tom
Rangiuira, Nick Rangiuira, Nick
Armitage, Rob Armitage, Rob
Raduva, Luke Raduva, Luke
Angus, Paul Angus, Paul
Coe, Ali Coe, Ali
Triffitt, Sam Triffitt, Sam
Lowry, Tom Lowry, Tom
Fothergill, Ali Fothergill, Ali
Rounthwaite, Jamie Rounthwaite, Jamie
Featherstone, Rob Featherstone, Rob
Welch, Lewis Welch, Lewis
Turnbull, Adam Turnbull, Adam

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League table

# Team Pl Pts
6. Cleckheaton 26 71
7. Bridlington 26 66
8. Malton & Norton 26 58
9. Huddersfield Y.M.C.A. 26 51
10. Bradford & Bingley 26 49
11. Percy Park 26 49
12. Dinnington 26 48

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