Scarborough Valkyries produced their most complete performance of the season, playing a brand of structured rugby that visitors Harrogate never matched throughout a hard-fought game at Silver Royd, Scarborough winning 27-0.
Scarborough took the game by the scruff of the neck from the start and their rucking and work at the break down was a revelation against hard-tackling physical opponents.
And it was no surprise when they took the lead in the 10th minute from an attacking scrum in the Harrogate 22.
The ball was moved from the base by scrum-half Cathy-Ann Myers who saw a gap on the open-side to dart over for the opening try.
Full-back Mel Halstead stroked over the conversion for a 7-0 lead.
The Harrogate girls tackled furiously in defence but found it difficult to make any impression with ball in hand.
And when they were penalised for a high tackle in their own 22 Halstead kicked the penalty for a 10-0 Valkyries lead in the 20th minute.
And Halstead rounded off a superb 40 minutes for her team and herself when some slick handling down the Valkyries’ left flank released the Silver Royd flyer to romp in for a terrific try which she converted herself for a 17-0 half-time lead.
The Valkyries continued to play attractive rugby after the break but they were made to work hard for their rewards by a solid visiting defence. However they stretched their lead to 22-0 in the 52nd minute when prop Laura Welburn burrowed over following a series of drives near the line.
And Mel Halstead rounded off a memorable afternoon with a try straight out of the top-drawer, taking a pass on the right touchline before cutting-in and beating three players to power over in 70th minute.
This was a welcome return to winning ways by the Valkyries but it has to be said that the girls from Harrogate put up a hell of a fight and although they never really looked like winning the game neither did they look in danger of being overwhelmed.
Besides the fact that the game was essentially a great team effort, Halstead’s non-stop performance and personal tally of 17 points (including two tries) marked her out as the clear player of the match.