By Craig Bone
Vikings entertained top of the table Driffield to Silver Royd.
First game in 3 weeks for the Vikings and playing Driffield was always going to be a battle. Vikings bolstered by a couple of injury returns, were ready for the battle.
Driffield started by far the better of the two teams scoring 2 quick tries. This was a wake-up call to the Vikings, from the kick off a bit of territory and quick ball, allowed young winger Chris Mabbett to pick up from a ruck and squeeze over in the corner – unconverted.
Then Henry Hocking broke through and scored a great individual try – again missing the conversion, but hitting both post firsts.
Then a great break from James Emsley fed Jordan Day who then found Captain Craig Fairbairn to score under the posts – converted by Henry Hocking giving a 17-10 lead to the Vikings at half time.
Second half was another great spectacle of great rugby from both sides. Henry Hocking glided down the touch line and give a sublime pass to Brendon Shieids to score from his first touch. Lewis Cowlishaw very bravely did a netball chest pass to ensuing greyhound Phil Watson to score – giving Vikings a 27-10. Ttwo well-deserved tries from Driffield either side of, yes you guessed it, a Tom Anderson try given by a great pass from Chris Purdy, leaving the final score 32-20 in favour of Vikings.
Great game to watch, helped by a good referee who made the game flow the best he could.
Driffield as always were very good with and without the ball, which no doubt will be in the mix for playoffs come end of April.
Some great performances:
Purdy, Emsley, Watson in the back row were outstanding; Broadhead, Readman did all the unseen work very well; Fish, Shields, Day and Pollock made it hard for Driffield to get much front foot ball at scrum time.
Lewis Cowlishaw and Connor were the heart beat of the side with the former having his best game for club. Captain Fairbairn with his enforcer, Liam Braithwaite, let nothing come through the middle, Tom Anderson was electric and a threat every time he got the ball, with Chris Mabbett being a nuisance popping up everywhere.
Man of the Match goes to Full Back Henry Hocking who was outstanding especially in attack.