Defensive frailties exposed as Keighley are relegated

Danny McGee scored one of Keighley's two tries. Picture: Charlie Perry

Danny McGee scored one of Keighley's two tries. Picture: Charlie Perry

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Scarborough 45, Keighley 12

Keighley, fielding only two first-team backs, and both of those were out of position, had their relegation confirmed from SSE Yorkshire Division One with this defeat.

Although the visitors started well, as soon as Scarborough got some decent possession they moved it wide, leading to a well-worked try for prop Nino Cutino, converted by full back Tom Harrison.

Within minutes, hooker Ian Williams added to the score with a try in the corner.

Keighley's backs continued to give the opposition too much time and space and were punished by two tries for winger Harry Domett, both converted by Harrison.

With the points being conceded at a point a minute at 26-0, Keighley steadied the ship, using their forwards and some skilful positional kicking from fly half Danny McGee.

In the second half, Keighley battled hard and their forwards, led by prop Sam Booker and Leigh Sugden, worked well in the contact area and were able to put Scarborough on the back foot.

Eventually second row David Iliff was driven over in the corner but Scarborough returned to the attack and some Keighley handling errors gave them the opportunity of a scrum near the line.

Neat work from Czech international scrum half Zbynek Schutz gave winger Jan Tieber an easy run-in to the try line, Harrison again converting.

Once again the Keighley forwards took play deep into Scarborough territory and were held up over the line.

From the resulting scrum and maul, Booker drove for the line and slipped the ball to McGee, who scored in the corner, Olly Mitchell adding the conversion.

But Scarborough, determined to finish the season off with a flourish, once again exposed Keighley's back line frailties, leading to a second try for Tiber and one from wing forward Blake Nightingale, Harrison converting both.

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