A game of 2 halves as Rock tear apart a combative Ryton at a windy Hillheads
By Gavin Donnelly
The elements had an impact on a cold and windy day by the coast, but could not stop Rock marching on and dismantling the game opposition in a ruthlessly efficient manner to continue prime position in DN2f
Coaches Cunningham and Hamilton C must have been well impressed with this Rock outfit at the end of play, having held a dangerous and competitive Ryton to 10 points in the face of a gale, before running in 50 unanswered points, registering the 100th try of the season, in a disciplined ruthlessly efficient performance.
Starting with Pentland, Hall, and after a cameo performance last week, Moore, Hamilton C, Thomson, Hayton, Reid, and Hamilton R in the pack, Neasham, Hanson, Fenwick, Webster, OSullivan, Ramage, and Rapillo in the backs. Warming the bench, Bowman, Rule, and gel boy Johnstone.
The wind was always going to play a factor in the match, and Rock found themselves kicking into the teeth of it in the first half. Ryton started well scoring a well worked try in the corner, before Webster reduced the deficit with a penalty. Game management was much different from last week at Sedgefield and young Micheal Hanson took time to get a grip of the elements but can consider this another learning curve in his short career so far. His illness passed on to Mum and Dad wrapped up like Alaskan Alutiiq behind the fence, not wanting to be Noel’s next victims. Ryton notched a penalty before Jamie Fenwick went into the corner for a try, the visitors reduced to 14 after an infringement by there young scrum half. 8 10 at half time and Rock would have been pleased that they had contained Ryton and their speedy backs and strong carrying pack to a 2 point deficit at this stage of the game, better management of the wind than the opposition, and some solid defence and great tackling along with exit management.
The 2nd half started with Webster crossing the whitewash, moving into his normal 10 position as young Micheal saved himself for a County match, converted by Rhys Johnstone who had moved into the centre, and then the doors opened. Wave after wave of Rock attack pinned the blues back into their own half and tries followed from Jamie Fenwick, Rob Hamilton, a typical rampage by housewife’s favourite Ramage leaving opposition players strewn across the pitch, Hamilton again. The hundredth try of the season so far was scored by Dan Rule off the bench for a run, before Dan O finished off the try scoring, Rhys converting all with a fantastic display of conversion kicking. The balance of the team looking good, power and aggression from the pack, speed and power from the backs.
Ryan Rapillo was voted man of the match, some of his breaks reminding some of the Rock old farts of a young Nigel Jameson, I think he’s better than that !!!
Great result against a team that have always given us problems.
Next week another home match against Darlington.
Training Tuesday and Thursday, we are much the same group that has been near promotion for the last few seasons, the coaching we now get has made us a much improved and professional outfit, so make sure you attend and keep listening and learning and performances like this will keep coming. The harder you work the luckier you get !
If you want to see some decent rugby next weekend you could do no worse than visiting Hillheads and watching the Cardinal and Golds, we look forward to seeing you there.