North Ribblesdale 19Pts Roundhegians 34Pts
By Richard Green
Roundhegians complete convincing league double over Ribblesdale, as Ribb's early season form seems to be lost.
Report by Andrew Mills
NORTH Ribblesdale suffered a heavy 34-19 defeat at the hands of Roundhegians, who completed an emphatic double after Ribb's away defeat.
Until the second half this was a supine performance from Ribb, as they were under pressure from the off giving up three tries in the first 20 minutes.
Ribb stirred themselves when Freddie Howarth scored a solo try after 39 minutes, and they did score two second half tries to bring the score up to 34-19, but the match was long gone by then.
Roundhegians kicked off and Ribb put themselves under immediate pressure, giving away a penalty from which Roundhegians won a line-out on the Ribb line.
Ribb defended from the set piece but Rounhegians' No 13 brushed off a weak tackle to score next to the post for a converted try.
From the kick-off, Ribb were caught in possession, as the ball carrier was robbed and Roundhegians No 7 sprinted away under the posts to make it 14-0 after seven minutes.
Ribb defended from the kick-off and got their game together winning a bit of ball, but a lack of quick passing meant their undoubted pace was wasted.
After 21 minutes, Roundhegians split the Ribb defence with No 14 going over for another converted try.
They shortly after kicked a penalty and scored almost from the kick-off to make it 29-0.
Ribb got into the visitors' 22 at the end of the first half, they lost the ball, but a loose kick was caught by Freddie Howarth who slipped past his winger, beat several defenders and scored a superb individual try on the stroke of half-time to give a semblance of respectability.
The second half was better, but only because Ribb raised their game.
Liam Wallbank scored after five minutes to make it 29-12, but Ribb were so far behind it was almost irrelevant.
However, the pack was still battling and winning some ball. Their main problem was their passing was so laboured that they could not get the ball to Howarth and Omari Kaup-Samuels on the wings.
Ribb ended up losing the ball in midfield and their back row could not win loose balls because they could not win the ball on the ground.
It was only when Matt Speres moved to the back row from hooker that they started to get second phase ball.
From a turnover ball, Ribb got a penalty which they put in the corner. After a good line-out, Ray Fromm forced his way over for a converted try to give the final score some respectability.
To win more games, Ribb need to work on passing the ball wide to their quick back three, winning the ball on the ground and addressing frailties in wide defence.
On the plus side, they can win tight ball in both the scrum and line-out.
Liam Wallbank took his try well, Adam Middleton played well and the pick of the forwards was Speres and Jim Tunney.
Johnny Moore was the pick of the backs, although Freddie Howarth's try was a fine opportunist effort.