Ripon are still searching for a first Yorkshire Two win of the season after Saturday’s 68-8 defeat at Hullensians.
Ripon approached this long-distance fixture with an air of determination and resolve to put preparation and training to good effect and deliver a more effective performance than in recent weeks.
Arriving in plenty of time, the squad maintained their confident approach through the warm up and all looked good with the world.
Unfortunately with Ripon kicking off into the strong wind, the kick failed to travel the full 10 metres and Hullensians opted for a scrum from which they ran the ball wide to score a try in the corner within the first two minutes.
To add insult to injury, from the next restart a scrum was awarded to Ripon this time, after which an off-the-ball incident resulted in influential flanker James Potter being red-carded with the game only four minutes old.
Ripon gradually settled and put together some fine attacking options, as well as stifling Hullensians’ possession.
A solid scrum and effective lineout handed Ripon plenty of ball, but they had to work hard in all areas to beat Hullensians’ extra man.
Using quality possession to good effect, winger James opened the scoring for Ripon and at that point the contest looked fairly even.
With Ashley Rio adding a well struck penalty, the addition of two further tries and a conversion by Hullensians didn’t seem to faze the visitors.
Turning around 19 – 8 down at half time, Ripon looked still very much in contention.
But Hullensians raised their game massively in the second half and Ripon gradually ran out of steam.
Hullensians ran in a further seven converted tries without reply and left Ripon playing only for pride.
The Ripon team did compete to the best of their ability for the full eighty minutes, but the home team’s overall strength and extra man were too much to live with.
Next Saturday Ripon welcome West Leeds to Mallorie Park and will be looking to translate their commitment and determination into more points.