Narrow Loss at Hessle
RI not humbled on the Humber.
RI came up against a strong Hessle side and their big forwards battered the visitors who tackled relentlessly only to knock on under their own posts. Hessle took advantage from the scrum to score under the posts and lead 7-0 . Hessle had a couple of free running backs and but for poor handling would have increased their lead. RI stuck to their task and Francky Rossi made a break to slip the ball to Chris Jones who chased his own clever chip to score in the corner 7-5 . Baptiste Brui landed an RI penalty 5 minutes later to take an 8-7 lead. A spell of handling and support play just before half-time was one of the best periods of rugby played by RI this season. In the second half Hessle replied with a try and penalty of their own to lead 15-8 but RI forwards continued to dominate the line out with accurate throwing from Alec Webster, well timed lifting and excellent catching from Ben Hartop. As a variation the front ball worked well with the Hessle forwards simply unable to stop Rossi taking easy ball. In the loose Captain Frazer Land was at his rampaging best and the front row of Macarthy/Webster/Lonsdale gave a solid platform in the scrums. Towards the end of the game the Referee controversially ignored the linesman saying a Hessle kick bounced infield first , when it indeed touched the whitewash , giving the home side a 50 metre advantage from which they added a converted try right on full time robbing RI of a bonus point . Little between the sides, RI had a better organised pack and shaded the forward battle but Hessle had the more dangerous backs.