West Leeds RUFC beat Ripon – and bad conditions

17 April 2016

Ripon 5 – 29 West Leeds

West Leeds RUFC‘s final league away fixture was played in appalling conditions, with icy rain and wind dominating, writes Glenn Braodbent..

The freezing weather made it difficult for either team to make an impression in the early stages of the game.

It was eight minutes before the first attempt for points saw Ripon miss a penalty in spectacular style.

The next 23 minutes saw eight-man rugby played in the middle of the pitch with little progress from either side.

On 30 minutes Ripon were down to 14 men, with the yellow card being shown for persistent interference at the scrum.

This was the signal for the visitors to take advantage with a try from Dammarral which was converted by Dale Breakwell. 0-7. Just six minutes later Kirk added to the score making it 0-12 at half time.

It was a further 14 minutes before West Leeds increased their lead with a Dale Breakwell penalty. 0-15.

Another period of mid field play ensued before the conditions improved and West Leeds got into their stride and on the 71st minute they extended the lead to 0-22 with a Neave Try converted by K Breakwell.

What happened next was possible the try of the season with all the backs involved before Stokes went over under the post, K Breakwell converted for 0-29 and the bonus point secured.

Ripon added a consolation try in added time but failed to convert. FT 5-29.

Next week West Leeds host second placed Keighley, in what could be the title decider.

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