RIBB arrived at Wath hoping to build on last weeks win, with a few players returning from long term injuries.

confidence was high and they started well with the pack dominating the early exchanges and only good home defence kept Ribb out, but it wasn’t long before the pressure told and from a maul, Frankie Brown wrestled the ball free and found John Davidson in space to score in the corner and excellent conversion from Micky Thwaite added the extras .

Wath were struggling to get a foothold in the game but a change in the front row made the scrum a more even contested and quick ball sent their lively winger away for a converted try, the momentum changed and it wasn’t long before their lively backs put the winger in for a unconverted try.

Ribb were awarded a penalty wide out in the 22 but the kick drifted narrowly wide and as half time approached, Wath were penalised for handling in the ruck in front of the post.

Instead of taking the points, Ribb took a scrum and despite pushing the home eight back, they were penalised.

And to rub salt into the wound, a long kick downfield by the excellent home ten, Whitlam, set up a line out and after a series of drives, the home pack drove over for a converted try to make the score at the interval 19-7.

Wath used the wind to their advantage after the break, keeping Ribb pinned back in their own half and a hand in the ruck was penalised to increase the score to 22-7.

Elliott Belt and Ben Coultherd made good breaks along with the returning Ryan Sumner ,breaking the home line on several occasions but the scrambled defence snuffed out the danger.

After a penalty was awarded, a great kick was punted deep into the visitors 22 and from the line out, the home pack drove over for a converted try 29-7. Ribb had their best spell of the match and from a five metre scrum marched the home eight back, but as they neared the line the ref blew up and ordered a reset scrum to the bemusement of the Ribb forwards.

They were then penalised for wheeling the scrum. As the game drew to a close, as hard as Ribb tried, the home line held firm and the final score was 29-7.

Youngsters Belt,Coultherd and Debutant Jack McLeod had solid games and the Ribb Pack will feel they should have got more reward for their efforts,the visitors will feel that the score was flattering to the home team but better game management by Wath saw them gain the victory.

Ribb will reflect on chances missed and when points are on offer they need to be taken.