Holbrook blame sloppy rugby after blowing half time lead

Simon Ley scored for Holbrook
Simon Ley scored for Holbrook

Holbrook were left bitterly disappointed after blowing a half time lead in Saturday’s 27-20 defeat to unbeaten Rye.

Holbrook were left bitterly disappointed after blowing a half time lead in Saturday’s 27-20 defeat to unbeaten Rye.

Coach Paul Davey admitted two missed penalties and a missed conversion proved costly.

Against the early league leaders, Holbrook started brightly, and made good early progress. Matt Sprigg went over in the corner, while Matt Dawson polished off a well executed backs move to put the visitors in a commanding position.

Despite only slotting one of three penalties, and a converted Rye try, they still had a lead.

Davey blamed poor decision-making and lax defending in the second half, as Rye took the lead, and although Holbrook scored a converted Simon Ley try, Rye made sure of victory when their No.8 broke off the back of a scrum and crashed over.

“It was very disappointing from our point of view,” Davey said. “Some sloppy rugby allowed Rye back in the game. It felt like we threw the game away, but we are starting to play the rugby that we had threatened to.”