Thumping Leos win gives Ripon survival hope

pic by Bob Turner
pic by Bob Turner

Defiant Ripon produced a dominant display to give them a stay of execution in Yorkshire Two and provide hope of a remarkable survival.

Ripon hammered Leodiensians 42-10 at Mallorie Park on Saturday for their biggest win of the season.

And ahead of their four remaining league matches, club officials have issued a rallying call to the city to back the side.

Ripon want to take a large travelling support to Saturday’s crunch at Baildon who are the only team below them in the league.

The Blues put in a controlled performance against Leos and took the lead after three minutes through Ashley Rio’s penalty.

Centre Rob Harrison soon added a try after collecting Jason Bell’s kick, but the visitors pulled a try of their own back in the corner.

Ripon’s scrum was solid all match and it lead to Rio scoring under the posts after Adam Newcombe’s incisive run.

Leading 15-5 at the break, the hosts soon extended their advantage when Joe Rowntree touched down Bob Whitaker’s kick, Rio converting.

Harrison then scored his second try before captain Adam Scott Paul collected an offload to run clear under the posts.

Leos scored another try before Australian star Rio sealed the victory off the back of another set-play, before converting between the posts himself.

Second-bottom Ripon sit on 31 points, seven behind Leeds-side Moortown directly above them.

First team manager Bob Champion said: “Everyone stepped up to the mark and produced an emphatic team performance.”