Despite going to down a narrow 22-19 defeat at West Hartlepool on Saturday, Driffield’s Director of Rugby Patrick ‘Bash’ Burdass was pleased with the overall performance of the first XV.
Driffield led 19-10 going into the final quarter but having to spend the majority of the game defending meant fatigue kicked in and they let in two late tries.
“We were starved of the ball for most of the game which is probably why we conceded to late tries,” Bash told the Wolds Weekly.
“I think we only had maybe four or five scoring opportunities in the entire game and we managed to convert three of them which was very pleasing.
“We struggled a bit in the scrums and the line-outs so we didn’t win any good quality first phase and eventually our defence broke down despite defending really well for most of the game.”
“Still, we can take lots of positives from this game as it shows we’re improving every week and can compete against the top teams.
“It’s definitely a good sign that we went to a place like West Hartlepool and feel disappointed that we haven’t won.”
Driffield host Doncaster Phoenix this Saturday who currently have a 100 per cent record in the North One East.
Bash, however, is confident that his side can pick up the points after last week’s performance. “It’s another good test for us but after last week’s performance there’s no doubt we will have confidence going into the Doncaster match.
“Hopefully we’ll have two good training sessions this week and we’ll be expecting something out of the game.
“This week we should have Sam Furbank and Ed Askew back but we will also lose Harrison Dodds and Henry Forbes but that’s just the way it is at this level.
“It’s the last game for our Aussie Grant Staples, too, and I know everyone will be desperate to send him out on a high.”
Driffield 2nd XV lost 36-24 at Doncaster Phoenix 2nd XV, with the 3rd team having a convincing 32-0 home success over Goole. The 4th XV game at Withernsea was called off and is to be rearranged. Bash said: “Apparently the Doncaster side were absolutely huge on Saturday. Some of our 2nd team players said they’d never played against such a big team.
“Their first team game was postponed so I’m not sure if they maybe drafted in a few first teamers but at least we managed to pick up a try bonus point.
“It was a great win for our 3rd team at home to Goole and it’s a nice turnaround for them after defeat the week before.
“I think it’s a great example of how the club is progressing even though we had two defeats this week as we competed against top sides.”
The 2nd XV this week travel to Sheffield Tigers in the Yorkshire Championship, whilst the 3rd team are at Hull Ionians and the 4th team hosting Hessle on Saturday.