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Selby RUFC dig deep to pass Medicals test
10:09am Monday 8th October 2012 in Rugby Union
SIX-OUT-OF-SIX Selby RUFC maintained their stunning start to the Yorkshire Two campaign with a 28-26 victory at Sheffield Medicals.
The win – the Swans’ sixth in a row in a perfect start to the season – keeps coach Richard Nicholson’s men two points ahead of West Leeds at the top of the table.
Selby’s first half performance gave them a crucial 21-6 advantage as they played like league leaders.
However, the Swans lost their way in the last quarter of the match and, in the end, were left hanging on for a win they just about deserved.
An interception try by speedy prop and skipper Duncan Hardy in the seventh minute gave Selby a great start. Fly-half Josh Cruise converted for a 7-0 lead.
Another excellent converted try seven minutes later by flanker James Blaymire made it comfortable for the visitors.
A couple of penalties by Medicals scrum-half Ted Farmer pegged Selby back before a superb backs try from full-back Dan Porter and a touchline conversion from Cruise gave Selby a 21-6 lead at the break.
The second half started disastrously for Selby with Medicals centre Ben Gabbott scoring a fumbled interception try.
That was quickly followed by the yellow-carding of Selby hooker Josh Greenfield, an incident which led to a successful penalty for Farmer as Medicals moved to within a score.
Parity in numbers was restored a couple of minutes later when Medicals centre Chris Blackwell joined Greenfield in the bin. That proved costly for Medicals as Selby took a quick tap from the penalty to put Porter over for his second try, with Cruise once again converting for a 28-14 lead.
Injuries in the last quarter and a yellow card for Hardy put Selby under pressure and Sheffield prop Henry Wyse was mauled over for a try after 71 minutes. Selby conceded a penalty try in added on time and the conversion brought Medicals to within two points, but Selby managed to cling on.
York RI shook off a string of terrible results as they beat Rotherham Phoenix 13-12 in Yorkshire Three.
They trailed 6-0 at the break, but Rossa Keating pulled it back to 6-3 with a penalty. Phoenix made it 12-6 with two penalties either side of another Keating effort.
With time running out, RI threw everything at the visitors and Matt Hodson crossed in the corner and Keating kicked the conversion to seal a first win of the season.
Baz Steele was RI man of the match.