RUGBY LEAGUE: Pirates power to victory at Crigglestone

Scarborough Pirates grabbed their first win of the season at Criggleston
Scarborough Pirates grabbed their first win of the season at Criggleston

Scarborough Pirates picked up their first win of the season with a 32-8 victory away at Crigglestone All Blacks in Division Three of the Yorkshire Men's League.

Scarborough travelled with a host of regular players unavailable to play a young and energetic All Blacks side who gave everything in the first 20 minutes to keep the scores to zero for the first quarter.

Quick-thinking centre Alex Paddock, who had been drafted in to scrum-half in place of his injured brother Marcus, spotted the All Blacks full-back in no mans land and chipped over the defence before acrobatically grounding the ball in a forward roll, but the referee ruled the try out believing he'd run the ball on the dead ball line.

The Pirates worked the ball well from one side to the other, sucking Crigglestone in before setting a pod up with Paddock putting Harry Sleep through a gap and he ran 50 metres to score the opening try of the contest which Paddock converted.

It was end-to-end stuff after that and the hosts scored a well-worked try 10 minutes before half-time.

Scarborough's defence was good in the first half and they led 6-4 at the break.

At the start of second half the Pirates started to panic in attack, giving misplaced offloads, not completing sets and dropping it in their quarter of the field.

Crigglestone completed the set, got to the last tackle and kicked to the corner, and the Pirates dropped the ball and the All Blacks capitalised to score and take the lead.

This was a turning point in the contest, giving Scarborough the wake up call they needed.

Paddock and stand-off Chris Keld started to take charge and Scarborough started completing sets, making their way into the home side's territory easily with strong forward work from Metcalfe, Liam Braithwaite, Marc Campling, James Fleming and Drew Govier.

A quick ball was then passed to Paddock, who scored under the posts and Joe Messruther converted.

Next it was Tom Burton's time to shine as an early kick down field saw a good chase from Sleep, who eventually teed up Burton to crash over the line.

Burton then latched onto a bad All Blacks pass, picked it up and sprinted 80 metres untouched to scored under the posts.

Some end-to-end stuff followed before Scarborough scored a stunning try after their destructive forwards earned good field position and Keld found powerhouse Nathan Hakings out back running a perfect line with Sleep in support.

Hakings pulled in the defence before putting Sleep in, clearing 60 metres to score under the posts.

The Pirates' final score of the game was from new signing John Costine, big front row Braithwaite putting good footwork in at the line, before offloading to Costine in support to touch down.

Unfortunately the game had to be cut short due to a bad injury to a Crigglestone player after clashing heads, the Pirates taking the 32-8 victory.

Hakings and Govier impressed in defence, Keld took charge and bossed the game well, and Pirates' man of the match was Paddock.

Coach Keith Paddock said: "The lads did extremely well as we were missing a few forwards and our regular scrum half, so picking the team was a nightmare I had an abundance of wingers and centres and had to put lads out of position.

"Hats off to them though they dealt with it and came away with a win. I'm lucky enough to have a very talented group of players that can adapt and play in most positions.

"Harry (Sleep) stepped up to captain the side and did a sterling job. We are looking forward to next Saturday's home fixture against Leeds Akkies."