Selby 5ths 73 v Roundhegians 24
Strengthened by the inclusion of a couple of “home only” players from the higher teams who were made to play out of position, Selby fifths put on a real exhibition of open running Rugby against a skilful Roundhegians outfit who scored 4 excellent tries of their own including a devastating spell of 3 tries in 5 minutes after going 21 points down, so reducing the deficit to just 21-19 shortly before the half time break. Selby’s first three tries, all converted by Boo, were scored by Proth following smart handling by the backs, Gabsy who supported a great break by Neil Williams
and Pat Travis who outpaced the Roundhegians defence on a mazy 35 metre run to the line. Having reduced the gap to 2 points with 3 cracking tries and 2 successful conversions, Roundhegians went in search of a half time lead but great defence in the Selby midfield caused the ball to be spilled and when the ball was handed to Proth he had an almost clear run to the line, with Boo’s conversion giving Selby a 28-19 half time lead.
Selby’s play in the second half was amongst the best ever seen at this level and a further 7 tries were to follow, 5 of which were converted by Boo, including another 3 run ins for Proth, a tremendous forwards’ try for Stuart Haskell from a rolling Maul following a line out on the 22 and a scamper to the line for Paul Baker
. With Stu Winter benefitting from a line-out steal in the visitors 22 and Jimmy Forsyth rounding off a flowing threequarter move the Selby players really enjoyed the sweet taste of victory. Great credit is due to the Roundhegians team for the tremendous effort they put in throughout the game, their unwillingness to give in and the skill they were able to show in adding a further consolation try to the ones they scored during their purple patch at the back end of the first half.