NEW Ravens show spirit against top of the table Coventry Dragons
NEW Ravens went into this open age rugby league match with several key players unavailable mainly due to holiday commitments and injuries. This included half backs, wingers and goal kickers. The match kicked off on time with the first set involving a ‘turnover ball’ followed by a ‘free play’ for Ravens. There were some good drives from Ravens who won a penalty for off side. After the next set Ravens tackled tenaciously but the speed and power of the Dragons eventually produced the first try of the match for the Dragons’ right winger.
After several tries for the Dragons, Ravens managed to gain some good field position and scored their first try by Steve Deakin. The conversion attempt unfortunately went just wide. With ball in hand Ravens looked good. Soloman Rogers gained good ground from a very deep penalty which was followed by some good runs and set completions from the Ravens unfortunately just being halted short of the line.
The second half began with another Dragons score but was soon followed by a further try for Ravens scored once again by Steve Deakin, again unconverted. By this time Ravens were down to 12 players on the field because of injury and a lack of interchange players. Nevertheless there were some really good tackling stints by the weakened home side but the full strength Dragons continued to pile on the pressure with further scores. Eventually Ravens were down to 11 players which would always be a big ask for any rugby league team including professionals. However, the ‘never say die’ attitude of the Ravens paid off with another unconverted try scored by Brian Sibiya.
Dragons were desperate for points in this match as they were jockeying for position in the end of season play offs where points difference is very important. They were thankful to Ravens for fulfilling this fixture even with the low numbers of players available as it enabled them to still get the points they deserved at the top of the table. Dragons had a full strength squad while Ravens were without so many experienced players. The Ravens squad had players both new to the club and new to rugby league but they were ably led by their captain for the day Liam Dunne. Their effort was exemplary even though the final score Ravens 12 – Dragons 98.
Team selection has not been published for this fixture yet.