Rish travelled to Selby on the back of an excellent win against Keighley the previous week, and were hoping to do the double over their opponents, having won convincingly at Copley earlier in the season. However, the Selby squad wasn't the same one that came to Copley, and the result proved that. The loss for Rish wasn't helped by some controversial and ridiculous refereeing decisions which ultimately cost Rish the victory.
The start of the match was frustrated by constant penalties penalising both sides and Selby had an early chance to take the lead, but the kick from in front of the posts sailed wide. The home side did take the lead after good phases took play to the Rish line and sheer forwards pressure produced the try. With 15 minutes gone Rish had a lineout 5 metres from the Selby line, and after a couple of rucks Oli Marshall dived in at the flag.
Rish were growing in to the game, and a lovely chip behind the defence from Joe Billing was chased by Dougie Heseltine who did a nice bit of juggling before crossing the try line. The referees arm went up and gave the try, only for him to change his mind seconds later stating that he couldn't see the line. From the resulting 5 metre scrum Billing threw a long pass out to Marshall who went in for the try.
Within 10 minutes of the restart Selby had managed to grab another couple of tries to take the lead but Rish stepped up a gear and once the backs had possession they swept upfield at pace, only to be pulled for a forward pass or having a penalty reversed for taking a quick tap a couple of yards from the right spot! Frustration with the referee was affecting both sides and the game became quite tetchy. The excellent Marshall had another great dash down the wing, and after quick ruck ball, Billing popped a pass to Dougie Heseltine who hit the line at pace to score behind the posts. Billing added the conversion and Rish were 17-15 ahead.
Rish looked as though they were going to take the win, but Sod's law, Selby drove over the line from a scrum to take a 3 point advantage. The Rish boys have played the full 80 every game this season, and with time almost up Marshall was released down the right wing. Breaking a couple of tackles, he then side stepped the last defender and with the winning try a certainty, the referee, incredulously, pulled him back and awarded a penalty against him for 'hurdling the tackler'. That was that, Rish had been robbed.
For the first time this season the Rish dressing room was a quiet place, frustration on every face. We have lost games this season but the manner in which the game was taken from us was very hard to take. I have since had it on good authority that there is no such offence of hurdling the tackler, but we will have to suck it up and prepare for next week at home to Bradford Salem.
As usual, forwards and backs defended well, but with ball in hand Oli Marshall had a great game at fullback causing constant problems for the Selby defence. In the forwards, James McHugh put in a tremendous shift, tackling out of his skin, to come away with the man of the match award.
Tries: Oli Marshall (2), Doug Heseltine
Cons: Joe Billing
MoM: James McHugh
|1. R Turner||2. L Illingworth||3. W Aldridge|
|6.H Robinson||7. T Jowle|
|4. J Mc Hugh||5. J Whiteley|
|8. G Rollings|
|9. L Phillips|
|10. J Billing C|
|12. K Sutcliffe|
|13. D.Heseltine T|
|11. c Stuart||14. S Puddephatt|
|15. O Marshall T2|
|Subs||L.Hilton||K Hattam||S Rawnsley|
Rishworthians v Selby Slideshow.
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