Driffield match league leaders for 50 minutes

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Driffield RUFC 1st XV  29 v Doncaster Phoenix 52

The Woldsmen welcomed a new face to Kelleythorpe on Saturday as Doncaster Phoenix made the short trip from South Yorkshire. Phoenix have risen through the leagues in recent years and sit undefeated at the top of the table after an impressive start to life at this level.
Driffield made changes to the starting line up with Donkin and Cooper starting in the second row replacing the unavailable Forbes and Dodds. Australian Harris moved to number 8 and Askew returned at inside centre.

Driffield made a fast start and were 7-0 up within three minutes as Nellon claimed the points from a push over, converted by Lucas.

Further pressure brought a penalty and Driffield were 10-0 up within the opening quarter of an hour. Driffield were on the front foot and could have extended the lead when Donkin made a break from his own half, showing remarkable pace for a second row. Good hands across the back line almost saw Stephenson squeeze in at the corner but he was well tackled by the covering defence.

Driffield stretched out to 17-0 when neat interplay in midfield released Donkin who rounded the full back and scored near the posts.
Doncaster showed why they are top of the table, and with their experienced players to the fore, engineered a catch and drive to reduce the deficit. Driffield remained undaunted and added to their score when scrum half Ord capped an excellent display by touching down for an unconverted try.

Ord’s service was excellent throughout the game and his try demonstrated his strength around the ruck area. He also seemed to be building a good relationship with number 8 Harris, between them tidying up scrappy ball at the back of the scums.
A puzzling kick to touch from Driffield on the stroke of half time saw them create pressure for themselves. Phoenix turned over the line out and made their way up field to add a crucial try with the last play of the half to make the score 22-14.

Phoenix started the second half quickly and added two more tries in quick succession. These three tries in 10 minutes around half time were probably the difference between the two sides in the end, as the momentum of the game changed and Driffield were never able to get them selves ahead again. Phoenix continued to dominate the half and added a further four tries, sandwiched by a second from the excellent Donkin. He will be missed when he heads abroad for a year teaching.

The final score of 29-52 indicates a heavy defeat, but Driffield should take a huge amount from it. Doncaster showed why they have had success thus far, being extremely clinical and taking their chances.

However Driffield matched them for the first 50 minutes. The tackling was excellent all day, led by the Mewburns in the back row and the line out functioned very well. Askew made a big contribution in midfield, carrying strongly and defensively solid. If they can maintain their performance at this level then points should follow.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_images_carousel images=”729,728,727,726,725,724,723,722″ img_size=”Large” onclick=”link_no” autoplay=”yes” title=”Driffield & Wolds Weekly”][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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