Ryton top league
By Gavin Donnelly
Top of table clash goes to the home side
Rock travelled to Ryton, on a cold day more suited to penquins than humans, with the same team as last week, veterans Andy Partis and Neil Mather asked to put their old tired bodies on the line, again, to help Rock throu this current run of injuries. More bad news for coach Jack Lambert(16) when no8 Niall Stokes limped off with ligament damage to his ankle meaning he will be out for a good few weeks.
Ryton like Rock have a mixture of young backs with some experienced forwards, and play in a similiar style, in all a good match was expected and this is what we got.
The first half for Rock was possibly the worst the travelling fans have seen them play all season, balls spilled, passes astray, tackles missed, box kicks going nowhere, heads dropping, and as a result Ryton dominated. It was no suprise to see them running in tries, totally dominating the Red and Golds.
The 2nd half was a different kettle of fish and Rock showed why they are contenders running in 3 tries to quiet the large Ryton crowd.
Back came Ryton, in N04 they had the best player on the park on that day, to clinch the game with a luckyish try, when the ball rebounded off 2 or 3 players before dropping into the flankers lap who went over for the killer try. A late penalty secured a bonus point for Rock.
The best 2nd half of rugby I have witnessed this season with both teams giving their all.
We look forward to hosting Ryton on the last home match of the season at Rock in what promises to be a classic.
Steven Scott was MOM for Rock, his lightening pace showing on the day, we voted their captain and No4 their best player.
Next week a home game, we need to start well, and finish well to show people we can compete at the top of this league.