Old Rishworthians produced a display of quality rugby scoring four tries to gain a bonus point and move up to fifth in Yorkshire II as they won 31-7 at Ripon. Right wing Joe Billing scored 21 points, including two tries, and started his tally early in the game with a penalty.On a heavy pitch Rishworthians were not afraid to run the ball and got their reward after 25 minutes.
From a break by player coach Damian Ball, left wing Anthony Shoesmith off-loaded the ball to Billing who dived over in the corner.
There was more good handling by centre Matthew Hunt-Brown before full-back Taniela Bakoso passed to lock Nick Faulkner who scored to make it 13-0 to the visitors.
Ripon came back and from a scum moved the ball to the left to put winger Ben Buckley in for a converted try.
Back rowers Andy Shickell and Chris Dyson were thorns in Ripon’s side throughout the game and pressure brought another penalty for Billing to make it 16 - 7 at half-time.The second half produced more running rugby and Ball, centre Kurt Sutcliffe and Shoesmith created gaps for Billing to score his second try which he converted.
Ball was shoulder-charged in the home 22 to prevent a try – the referee red-carded the home centre and Billing kicked the penalty.
Danny Hoyle came on and made his presence felt tackling and handling well. The forwards started to gain more momentum and a strong rolling maul brought a scrum and a pick and drive enabled Fraser Swarbrooke to score the bonus point try.
Results, North I East: Old Crossleyans 49 Horden 8
Yorkshire I: Selby 16 Old Brodleians 24, Doncaster Phoenix 36 Heath 3
Yorkshire II: Ripon 7 Old Rishworthians 31
Yorkshire IV: Halifax Vandals 23 York RI 9, Mosborough 22 Halifax 28