Woldsmen earn sixth win in seven games

Driffield RUFC 1st XV 26 - 10 Wheatley Hills

Driffield 1st XV returned to winning ways on Saturday with a 26- 10 win over struggling Wheatley Hills, exacting revenge on their South Yorkshire opponents in doing so.

The victory is the Woldsmen’s sixth in seven games and maintains their position in the top half of the North One East table. After their worst performance of the season in defeat earlier this season at Wheatley Hills, Driffield were delighted to pick up the win last weekend.

Director of Rugby, Patrick “Bash” Burdass, was pleased with the victory to take them into next week’s break. “It was a really tough game and I was really pleased how we scrapped it out,” he told the Wolds Weekly.

“It was a bruising encounter to say the least and ended up with a few battered bodies. “Even though we took the lead just before half-time, we thought we may have struggled slightly in the second half as we had the elements against us.

“Thankfully, the wind dropped a bit and to nil them in the second half and add two further tries is a good effort.” Victory came at a cost however, with Adam Brankley, Sam Furbank and Cameron McPhee all picking up injuries and having to depart.

“The injuries really disrupted us as we went into the game with no replacement backs and ended up with two back-rowers on the wings,” Bash added. “Credit has to go to Sam Havler and young Will Burns for playing there in the second half. “We’ve got to feel sorry for Cameron, who pulled his hamstring after injuring his other one earlier in the season and we’ve probably lost Adam for the rest of the season now with a nasty looking shoulder injury.

“Paul Dervey also played out of position at the end and I think it shows the real character amongst our team.

“Before Saturday we’d had pretty good luck with injuries this season but hopefully the week off will do us good and enable us to get a few players back.”

Driffield 1st XV have another weekend off this coming Saturday, before taking the long trip north east to tackle Percy Park on 5th March. Bash added that he is hopeful Sam Furbank will be fit enough for selection as well as a few others.

With the Driffield 2nd XV having their game with Wath called off at 7pm on Friday night, it means they have been without a fixture for three weeks. Without a scheduled league game until Doncaster Phoenix 2nds on 12th March, they have been put into the pool for a game.

Bash continued: “We’re desperate for the second team to have a game as we have a few first team players who could do with a run-out as well. “Our thirds didn’t have a fixture either and our development team were unlucky to lose 14-7 at Hull University.

“They probably could have won that game as they did what was asked of them during the second half and it was great to see Mike, our Polish winger, get his first try for the club.”

Saturday’s fixtures – 2:15pm

3rd XV – Scunthorpe 3rd XV (A)
4th XV – Scunthorpe 4th XV (A)

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