Phoenix Rise Up to Beat RI
RI finish League season in 7th position.
R I travelled to 3rd placed Rotherham Phoenix in Yorkshire 4 for Dan Coates last game in charge as Coach.
Dan has decided to step down next season to concentrate on his new job of running the Queens Street bar - we all wish him the very best of luck and thank him for the time and effort he has put into coaching RI. Dan will remain an RI player and help out as and when time permits.
Phoenix had a remote chance of promotion and needed to win by at least 4 tries and a better points difference whilst hoping Hemsworth slipped up at Ossett.
From the outset the home side meant business and after 34 minutes had run in 4 tries .
RI conjured some magic of their own when man of the match Tim Lewis side stepped several players for a well taken try in the corner to trail 26-5 at the interval .
Against a stronger all round unit all 20 RI players stuck to the task and for long periods held the home team. Led by captain Fraser Land who was well supported by Ben Hartop RI took the fight to Phoenix in the loose but for once we struggled at set pieces. The RI scrum was constantly under pressure and the line-out just didn't function. Credit to Phoenix who were a strong well drilled team who will be favourites for promotion next season.
The second -half was even - Phoenix scored one more try but resolute tackling by RI meant the match ended 33-5.