BY GAVIN HINDLE
LEODIENSIANS 54 – 0 SKIPTON
Skipton fuelled by the result of the previous week in the Yorkshire Shield, travelled to Leodiensians to commence their league campaign.
Leodiensians have kept a low profile in preseason but have recruited an experienced squad of players (some with recent RLF Super League experience) and exploded out of the blocks with a game plan based on an aggressive co-ordinated defence, set piece dominance, and clinical back play.
Ruthless execution of this game plan resulted in Leos producing six tries in the first half, each one a result of a defensive line break efficiently finished off by good support play.
Captain Matt Speres, was injured in the first few minutes of the game but gallantly played on for a further 15 minutes before succumbing to injury, in addition full back James Bagnall
left the field through injury, further depleting Skipton’s attacking options.
Skipton’s 2nd half performance was in direct contrast to the first, assisted by a buoyant wind, they dominated possession, but never had the set-piece dominance or generated genuine quick ball in the right areas of the field to enable them to engineer space to breach the well organised Leos defence.
The second half performance, built on a foundation of sound execution of the game plan, the aggressive ball carrying of Patrick Murray
, coupled with the physicality and work rate of Phil Crossman, and Sam Boatwright at the contact area, will generate the right results for Skipton this season.