1st XV Travel to Cleckheaton, 3rds and 4ths host Malton 2s and 3s, and the Ladies travel to Birkenhead on Sunday.
Another rugby weekend is upon us. We have had a week to reflect on the defeat to Billingham last Saturday – they certainly lived up to their billing of pre-season favourites. Driffield struggled to break through the Billingham defence and Billingham took every chance they had to take the win.
A trip to Cleckheaton gives us chance to brush the defeat off and get back on the victory train, although I am sure Cleck won’t be thinking that. Cleck joined us in promotion last season after finishing 4th in the league – we have been in the same league for the past four seasons. We have managed one win at Cleck back in 2019 season, winning 11-17. The games have always been close, all within 10 points except one high scoring game in Oct 2021 61 – 34 to Driff at Kelleythorpe.
Cleckheaton have started this season in steady form, winning 3 and losing 3. They sit 7th in the league with 3 Try bonus points and 1 Losing bonus. Their wins have come against Scunthorpe 22-26 (A), West Bridgford 45-11 (H) and Phoenix 18-22 (A) last weekend. They have lost against Alnwick 56-31 (A), Billingham 7-49 (H) and York 33-26 (A). As usual, a very tough test of our guys should be expected.
Driffield will want to get back to winning ways as soon as possible. Our performance against Billingham was fine : we just couldn;t find a way through their defence and, as mentioned earlier, they jumped on any mistakes and made us pay the price.
A few changes for the Woldsmen : Blacker moves to full back, Dinsdale to the wing, Soanes and J Sowersby start in the centres, with Brigham starting at 10. T Sowersby repalces the injured Robinson at 9. The pack remain the same. Ryan Murray, H Grant and J Thundercliffe on the bench.
No game for the seconds this week, so 3s and 4s have the limelight at Kelleythorpe, both facing Malton 2s and 3s.
The Ladies will continue the hunt for their 1st win with another long trip to Liverpool to face Birkenhead Park.
Driffield RUFC 1st XV v Cleckheaton RUFC 1st XV, Saturday 22/10/2022, KO 3PM
- Jenkinson (c)
- Sowersby, T
- Dinsdale, B
- Sowersby, T
- Murray, Ryan
Good Luck to all in Blue, Black & White.