U14 North Ribb v Wensleydale RUFC
Another good win at home! (with photos) - All courtesy of A Walkden
Match Report Sunday 8 October 2017
North Ribblesdale RUFC U14s vs Wensleydale RUFC U14s
On a gloriously sunny autumn morning North Ribb entertained a Wensleydale side Freddie Spensley getting us under way on the expansive 1st team pitch, Harry Mathew tackling the recipient into touch for the first lineout. Ribb won a scrappy ball (Harry finger-tipping it to Harris Dinsdale at the back) and put it through hands in the backs to Joey Pratt who rocketed around four Wensleydale covering backs to the right before straightening up and touching down under the posts for the first try. Freddie cleared the bar, the hedge, and the road to add the extras. 7-0 to Ribb after 1 minute.
The Wensleydale restart was fielded by Gus Ogden on the floor who popped it up to Jack Walker. Ribb won the ruck and Freddie kicked intelligently to space behind the right wing, Leo Walkden chasing up well and tackling the fullback where he took the ball. Eagerness to win back the ball lead to an offside infringement and a penalty to Wensleydale. The kick failed to find touch and Ben Coultherd collected and ran infield feeding Will Garnett who seemed to fall heavily under the tackle. Ben retrieved the ball and passed to Thomas Pratt, and on to brother Joey, and on to George Andrews on the left who was hauled down 10m short of the line. Wensleydale won the ruck but knocked on at the first pass to give a scrum to Ribb 10m out. A great hook by Will Clay (despite moving backwards in the scrum) enabled Ethan to feed Freddie who produced a miss move, on Thomas, to Joey who fed Leo and on to the overlapping Ben to touch down (unconverted) in the right corner. Great hands, 5 minutes, 12-0 Ribb.
The kick off was along the ground and taken forward by Leo who passed to Adam Dunwell and then to Joey. Joey motored forward before feeding George inside, the tackle bringing a successful Ribb ruck. Ethan to Freddie to Jack brought the ball back into the remnants of the previous ruck. Next phase saw a pair of sloppy passes require Thomas to back pedal and retrieve the ball, setting another ruck from which Freddie was able to kick Ribb out of trouble. The Wensleydale receiver was hauled down by Leo but Wensleydale made some good short yards from ruck to ruck, Jack and Adam eventually winning it back for Ribb and feeding Harry who passed to Freddie, the latter being bundled into touch for a Wensleydale lineout on their 22m line. Wensleydale kicked out of trouble and George was unfortunate to knock on in the catch, the referee kindly not noticing. However a high tackle brought a Wensleydale penalty pinning Ribb back on the left. Ollie Drew did well to win the ball at the ruck, run and feed Leo who dashed forward and offloaded to the supporting Ethan. Upon the tackle Ollie rucked over and gave to Leo who ran, was tackled and popped to Ollie who ran, was tackled and popped to Leo, who finished (unconverted) from 5m. Two Ribb attackers, four Wensleydale defenders, 12 minutes 17-0 Ribb.
The next Wensleydale restart was longer, to the right, and caught cleanly on one knee by George. Two quick passes got the ball to the mercurial Joey who swerved left, faded right, and cruised in under the posts. Freddie, converted to make it 24-0 to Ribb after 13m.
Wensleydale were getting plenty of kick off practice, but not finding any defensive gaps. Jack took the next and bombed into the tackle. Adam continued the momentum, but was adjudged to hold on when he was tackled; penalty to Wensleydale. Not retreating 10m quickly enough gave Wensleydale a 10m advantage, and when the Wensleydale player did eventually run the ball an offence of unknown origin gave another penalty to the visitors. Sloppy Wensleydale passing gave Ribb back possession, but holding on to the ball in the tackle gave yet another penalty to Wensleydale which they kicked to touch for a lineout on 5m. A clever pass-in set up a strong Wensleydale drive that was repelled and held up by Ribb. Scrum Wensleydale. Freddie tackled the ball carrier from the scrum, and ensured no try was scored. In defending the line, a Ribb player was deemed to have made a high tackle, and a penalty try was awarded to Wensleydale on 21 minutes. 24-7 Ribb.
Ollie chased and sacked Freddie's restart and put Ribb on the front foot again. An unfortunate knock on in the backs gave a Wensleydale scrum which they won and kicked. A couple of Hollywood offloads in dangerous positions piled more unnecessary pressure on Ribb, and it was something of a relief when the referee called play back for another penalty of unknown origin. Another Wensleydale shove resulted in another held up try, and the team regrouped for half time at 24-7.
Wensleydale restarted, slicing badly to the right. Having failed to go 10m, Ribb chose to scrum on half way, some very keen scrum-half play seeing us lose it. A Wensleydale knock on relieved some pressure with another Ribb scrum. We won this one, Leo passing to Freddie who exploited some poor Wensleydale defensive positioning with a kick behind to the left, Ben nearly profiting. Play swept to the right, and WillG, apparently carrying an injury to his knee, was caught in an otherwise try scoring run in. George made some good strong yards with the ball and from the (successful) ruck the ball went through hands to Joey on the left for his third try (unconverted) of the morning 5 minutes into the second half. 31-7 Ribb.
Harris caught and kicked the restart, the Wensleydale defensive player knocking on an attempt to pick it up. Scrum to Ribb. Leo had a little look on the inside but was blocked, so moved it on to Adam, and on to Ollie, and on to Harry. An unfortunately sliced cross field kick put Ribb under some pressure, and as Wensleydale pressed, a Ribb player was unfortunate to be called for a high tackle (as both players were on the way down when the tackle was made). Wensleydale exploited the confusion to score under the posts. The conversion attempt would have scored a goal in the other football, but failed to add to Wensleydale's score in this code. 31-12 after 9 minutes.
Freddie's restart was caught and returned at pace by a Wensleydale runner, Ethan eventually stopping the runner's progress. A Freddie kick to touch gained Ribb some ground. The Wensleydale lineout was spun down their backs line, only to be knocked on. It's worth observing at this point the assuredness of the Ribb backs' passing in comparison with their opposition so far this year. Another good hook from WillC won Ribb the ball, and Adam made progress forward. Wensleydale won back and kicked, but only into the grateful arms of the pacey and alert Ben who drew a tackle before offloading to Joey who ran back the way the ball had come, outflanking what seemed like the entire Wensleydale team on the left before touching down his fourth (this time converted) try of the morning. 38-12 after 13 minutes.
Wensleydale's next attempt at a kick off fell to Joey who chose to boot it back, the boot being returned. The second halves often tend to get a bit kick-rich which often breaks play up to Ribb's detriment. A passing move from left to right down the Ribb backs line got the ball into Callum Mathew's hands, only for him to be closed down before he got the chance to run properly. Some holding at the ruck won Ribb the penalty, and kicking the ball away by a Wensleydale player gained Ribb another 10m. The ever-alert Freddie tapped and went, giving to Adam. Adam was hauled down but the ball kept alive by Freddie, and on to Callum, who had looped from right wing where the play had originally broken down, to left wing and had the chance to run in a very pleasing try (converted). 45-12 after 18 minutes. With Freddie's steam-catapult kicking ability, it is no longer clear where is safe to park in Settle.
Wensleydale's restart was gathered and kicked by Harris, Freddie being adjudged to be in an offside position when winning the free ball. Ribb won the ball back, and passed-and-looped the ball down the backs line and back again, Matty Garth at one point demonstrating sticky fingertips in holding on to one optimistically passed ball. Tiredness seemed to be setting in, with kick and return kick being interlaced with hospital passes, and Hollywood back-hand round-the-corner efforts at passing. However, when we did put together a quality passing move it was George who benefited the left winger running in a speedy try (unconverted) to make it 50-12 after 23 minutes.
The restart was straight down the middle and well caught by Ethan. His pass to Leo was good, but the next was forward. Scrum Wensleydale. Adam showed great alertness to cover the pick-up-and-go from the scrum half. A bit of Wensleydale pressure followed but Freddie got the ball away from the Ribb try line with a punt up field. Possession changed hands, kicks were traded, the clock ticked down. Final score North Ribblesdale 50, Wensleydale 12.
Man of the Match for Ribb. : George Andrews
Man of the Match for Wensleydale : Louis Banks