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2nd XV - Match centre

Malton and Norton RUFC
Driffield
M Dring, A Wessels (3)
Full time
A Wessels
Sat 11 Nov 14:15 - League

Malton 19 Driffield 20

Could of...

Malton & Norton 2ndXV played at home for the first time since 7th October in a local derby against Driffield. The visitors started on the front foot but determined defence kept Driffield at bay, Ben Fawcett and Tom Smith and repeatedly tackled and retrieved the ball. After 20 minutes of defending Driffield finally created the overlap and scored down the left wing, which was duly converted.
Malton came back with with intensity. For the first time, the forwards stayed on their feet and drove each other forward. The ball was then released to the backs. Jacob Stephenson made a break, offloaded to Marc Dring who used his pace to outstrip the defence and score his first try in over 2 years.
Driffield then played for territory, kicks found grass rather than distance but Malton's back 3 too regularly played individually, were tackled and turned over. Driffield earnt themselves a penalty which was kicked to touch, a catch and drive resulted in a try. Driffield again probed with kicks into he 22, Malton could not deal with this tactic and earnt a penalty which was kicked to leave the half time score of 5/5
Malton started the second half with renewed vigour, the forwards carried harder with more support, they'd took the team into the opposition 22, Anton Wessells dummied, stepped and shimmied his way to a fine individual score which he converted, 12 5, game on.
Malton the pressed the destruct button, struggling to take the kick , the hit kooky and gained a scrum on their 22. Playing without a recognised hooker, for the first time hooked the ball well, unfortunately it hit the 2nd rows feet and bounced to the Driff no8s feet who broke blind, fed the scrum half who passed to the winger who needed no more of an invitation to score in the corner.
Malton started again but too many times, when Driffield kicked towards the corner, Malton ended up loosing yards.Boyh teams were reduced in numbers when the Driffield number 8 repeatedly punched Pete Hopkins on the floor, when the whistle was blew and the scuffle finished, Hopkins took exception and was verbally abusive to the aggressor.
Finally Malton gained territory through terrific play, firstly by Harry Coulson, and then the Bulmer twins. The ball ws realeased and Wessells repeated his work from earlier to score and convert. 5 minutes remained and Malton were 1 point behind.
Malton took the game to Driffield, a break by Ross Harrison halted by a nasty looking high tackle, advantage was played, Tim Casey, who had a fine game was then sin binned for a high tackle on a Driffield player. Driffield then used there experience to play out he remaining minutes.
This was a local derby that Malton will feel they could have won, it was a game through their decisions that they did not deserve to win. Malton will need to be ready for a battle away at Marist next week.

Key moments

20:00
Try Marc Dring scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
60:00
Try Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
61:00
Conversion Anton Wessels kicks a conversion for Malton and Norton RUFC
75:00
Try Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
76:00
Try Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC

Highlights

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76:00 Try 22 - 0
Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
75:00 Try 17 - 0
Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
61:00 Conversion 12 - 0
Anton Wessels kicks a conversion for Malton and Norton RUFC
60:00 Try 10 - 0
Anton Wessels scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
End of period 1
20:00 Try 5 - 0
Marc Dring scores for Malton and Norton RUFC
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Malton and Norton RUFC
  • Driffield
  • 0
  • Marc Dring Try 20:00'
  • Anton Wessels Try 60:00'
  • Anton Wessels Conversion 61:00'
  • Anton Wessels Try 75:00'
  • Anton Wessels Try 76:00'

Team selection

Harrison, Ross Harrison, Ross
Dring, Marc Dring, Marc
Stephenson, Jacob Stephenson, Jacob
Kneeshaw, Scott Kneeshaw, Scott
Embleton, Nick Embleton, Nick
Wessels, Anton Wessels, Anton
Weatherill, Josh Weatherill, Josh
Machin, James Machin, James
Fawcett, Ben Fawcett, Ben
Smith, Tom Smith, Tom
Tinkler, Jacques Tinkler, Jacques
Hughes, Ted Hughes, Ted
Bulmer, James Bulmer, James
Hopkins, Peter Hopkins, Peter

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