Grey dominate Dale

Grey High ran riot in the second half to beat Dale College 48-7 in PE, having led 13-0 at the break.

‘We didn’t play badly,’ Dale 1st XV coach Grant Griffiths told ‘It was more a case of Grey playing out of their skins. The bounce of the ball went their way, which is not to detract from the way they dominated the match.’

The difference between the two sides was their ball retention, which allowed Grey PE to apply pressure for extended periods and string together phases. This forced Dale to play the majority of the game inside their own half, while Grey enjoyed 70% of possession.

‘The lineouts were evenly contested and both sides enjoyed success at scrum time, but we couldn’t win the game from our own half,’ said Griffiths.

The pressure exerted by Grey PE forced defensive errors from the visitors.

‘There were quite a few penalties, but that’s to be expected when you’re defending as much as we were.’

Dale will take positives from the match. Their counter-attacking once again caused the opposition headaches and captain Andile Jho scored a try, when an inside ball put him into a gap.

Dale will play home matches against Cambridge and St Andrew’s after the upcoming break for Craven Week.

By Rory Keohane