Maroons impress in 12-try demolition

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WHITBY Maroons turned on the style in a 12-try demolition of Jarrovians which extended their winning run.

Local lads James Newton, Nick Beaumont and Ollie Roberts returned on the bench, having missed previous weeks and squad rotation allowed some of the other first team regulars, notably John Hatton, Lee Bryan and Connor Clements, to have the benefit of a full game for the Harlequins.

Playing in their accustomed direction of up the slope in the first half, the home side struggled with interpretation at the breakdown and as a result, gave away at least half a dozen penalties which allowed Jarrovians to have good field position in the 22.

Good tactical decision-making in clearing the ball safely to touch when in trouble allowed Whitby to release the pressure and gradually make their way up the field.

The class of Gordon Bland at nine was giving Jarrovians problems and allied to a pugnacious back row performance, the Maroons started to dominate.

The first score of the avalanche was a superb team try as up to seven players combined in support to eventually release burly centre Dave Straker to score in the top left hand corner.

Despite some good defence by the Geordies, the Maroons’ back row of Matt Russell, Andy Grady and Anthony Craig were bossing the breakdown, producing fast ball for the backs.

Four tries followed in the first half with Gordon Bland, Guy Taylor, birthday boy Bruce Reed and Jack Grady getting on the score sheet for a 27-0 lead at half-time.

Now playing with the slope in their favour, the Maroons looked to open up.

After an initial frustrating 15 minute period where the penalty count was loaded heavily against them, the Maroond sprung into action.

A good-sized crowd was treated to entertaining, flowing 15 man rugby and seven more tries were added through Shane Young, Kristien Pollack, Guy Taylor, and two each for Gordon Bland and Dave Straker, who both went on to complete hat tricks.

Jarrovians battled gamely but ultimately were blown away by the home side’s superior fitness.

In a high-scoring game, everyone contributed as it was shown that rugby has now become a squad game with the 10 substitute ruling, meaning greater flexibility in tactical decision-making.

Jack Grady and Matt Russell were the stand-outs in the forwards, while Ollie Roberts and Steve Allen were at their most creative in the backs who showed a refreshing willingness to move the ball.

Whitby Gazette man of the match: Kristien Pollack - good decision-making and always an attacking threat.

Match sponsor - Theakstons.

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