Hoylake 30 Ruskin Park 6

First published in Sport

FROM a Ruskin players point of view this is a very poor result.

They dominated this match for 55 minutes, controlling the home side and constantly looking dangerous with a fast pick and drive and the speed out wide of Farrelly and Chris Birch.

It did appear that Ruskin were definitely going to create not only a much needed win but a fantastic away win against a top six team.

Penalty kicks were shared with Hoylake sneaking an extra one totally against the run of play to lead 9 - 6 at half time.

Ruskin Park players dug deep on an extremely heavy pitch and camped themselves in the Hoylake half for ten minutes immediately after the half time. Stuart Livesley having another great driving game.

It was from one of these drives that Hoylake stripped Ruskin of possession and ran in a length of the pitch try to give themselves a 10 point lead with just over twenty minutes to play.

Ruskin, who were already ravaged with injury and started the game with at least four first choice players out with serious injuries, picked up a further two injuries causing players to leave the field.

At this stage Ruskin Park simply ran out of steam and had very little to offer a team that finally got on the front foot.

Simple missed tackles allowed Hoylake to gain the upper hand and two further tries finished Ruskin off, to what was now a miserable end to the 2012 league games and a loss of 30-6.

Ruskin Park have showed great resolve and ability in the first half of the season, but have learnt a harsh lesson to rugby at this standard.

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