Spirited Ripon humbled again by title-chasing Hullensians

Frustration shows: Ripon have lost 12 times this season
Frustration shows: Ripon have lost 12 times this season

Ripon RUFC squandered a chance to gain revenge on Hullensians as indiscipline once again cost them dear to lose 21-12 at Mallorie Park.

The defeat left Ripon eight points from safety in Yorkshire Two, having lost their 12th match of the season.

The second-placed Hull side compounded Ripon to a crushing 68-8 defeat in September, but the home side gave a better fight in Saturday’s clash.

Ripon opened the scoring when a quick turnover gave winger Ben James a simple kick and chase opportunity.

But he was cynically brought down by his opposite number without the ball, and the resultant penalty try was converted by Ashley Rio.

Ripon allowed the visitors back into the game and suffered a further 10 minutes of defence before a sloppy clearance kick gifted the Hullensians’ full back in for an unopposed try.

The visitors then added a further try and penalty goal to lead 13-7 at the break.

The heavy conditions put paid to attractive rugby in the second-half, and Hullensians’ pack showed strength to score an unconverted try and a penalty.

Tom Brash outpaced the defence to score a late score for the home side but the match was already beyond Dixon’s men.

Ripon team manager Bob Champion said: “There were heroic performances all round, as well as flashes of brilliance.

“But these were all too often countered by dropped passes, missed tackles, or simple misreading of situations.”

Ripon travel to West Leeds on Saturday.