Otley Rugby Club

Otley Rugby Club

Junior Colts Win at North Ribb

by Simon Barnicoat

A bright and sunny trip up to Settle on Mother's Day saw a good turn out of players for the Otley Junior Colts to complete their league fixture against North Ribb which had been postponed from earlier in the year. With some players returning to the squad after commitments elsewhere, the coaches had strength available in all positions and expectation for a good performance was high. Otley made a fantastic start and dominated for the first ten minutes with a lot of forward momentum and repeated phases of play. The first score came when the ball was spread wide to Dom Cox, who was playing in an unfamiliar position on the wing, he made good ground and then passed inside to a supporting Sam Morris to score a try which Dom then converted. Not long after scrum half Seb Tullie made a break in mid field and this time Tom Dykes was on hand to run in a well worked try, again Dom converted. With Otley spreading the ball well from wing to wing a third try came to give the visitors a quick 19 point lead. With Sam Stoddard going off injured Otley seemed to loose a bit of momentum for a while and North Ribb made a good break from their own half to score under the posts for a converted try and their only score of the match. Otley regained some go forward with Patrick Killoran steeling the ball from a ruck which was then spread wide for Liam Ward to score and Dom to add the two points. Just before half time Dave Adair intercepted a pass when North Ribb were threatening in the Otley half, he ran three quarters of the pitch to score under the posts. With Dom converting Otley went in to the break 33 to 7 points ahead.

The second half saw more of the same for Otley, a good break by Patrick released Seb to go in under the posts and a further two tries came soon after. Conner Paley scored his first try of the season for Otley after a good run by Liam who drew his man and took some pain in the tackle before passing out to the wing. Otley finished off with a try which came from repeated drives by the forwards on the North Ribb line before Sam Morris rolled over for his second of the day. The final score was 62 points to 7, but credit should go to North Ribb who continued to play hard with some great commitment from their 7 and 8.

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