Brods revival gathers pace with Ponte’ win
BRODS continued their improvement in form with another good performance away from home and earned five more vital league points as they moved up another place in the league table.
With the sun on their backs and very little breeze, Pontefract kicked off in perfect the conditions and registered their first points when Brods strayed offside and home fly-half Jamie Benn took the three points with a simple kick from centre field.
From the restart, Brods’ response was swift; Danny Wood kicked deep into home territory and from the line out the visiting pack drove for the line with success, and James Ogden claimed the try to make it 5-3 after just five minutes play.
Brods had another chance to test the Pontefract defence at a lineout when Wood’s successful kick to the corner put them in position on the right. A clean take and drive provided Ogden with the ball and he touched down once more.
Wood converted from the touchline and Brods took the lead 12-10. .
Brods were dominating territory and possession and looked comfortable on the ball. Wood kicked for the corner again and with a further lineout awarded to the Woodhead men, Brods repeated their tactic to register their third try, this time through the hands of Luke Scrimshaw.to make it 17-10.
Rob Jennings was causing problems for the home defence, the ball was moved right and with the slower home defence pulled out of shape Wood took his chance well, showing great pace to beat the cover and finish under the posts for a superb score.
His conversion extended the score to 24-10 and the visitors had gained a valuable bonus point for registering four tries.
Brods clearly had to play the game in the right areas and they set about their task with gusto , pressing the home team territorially and forcing them to concede a penalty for not releasing some 35 metres out in centre field.
Wood accepted the opportunity to extend the score to 27-10 after 10 minutes of the second half.
Brods continued to press forcing the home side into errors. Dominic Georgiou was having another excellent game at scrum-half, both in attack and defence, and his cover tackle on Pontefract left wing Tillet snuffed out an opportunity for the home side to break out of the Brods’ stranglehold.
Fifteen minutes into the second half, a series of penalties conceded by Brods saw the hosts finally take the game to their visitors and with consecutive scrums on the Brods line Eves was able to touch down at the back of a powerful drive.
Pontefract were increasingly frustrated by the Brods’ defence and were penalised for back chat to the referee. allowing Wood to add a further three points, extending the score to 30-15.
Pontefract were not done and they came back with great vigour to attack the Brods line.
From yet another scrum close to the line Eves took his third try in the now traditional manner and with the conversion taken by Benn the finale was turning into a test of nerve for the young Woodhead side.
But it was Pontefract who lost their cool when prop Griffin was shown a red card for saying the wrong thing to the referee and Brods accepted a further three points from a penalty goal and it was 33-29.
Pontefract threw everything into attack and full back Aarion Fowler made two crucial tackles repelling the home side’s onslaught.
Pontefract were not finished and with a speculative kick through and chase they touched down and with the conversion the scoreline was 33-29.
In the last minute, as the home team looked for the winning score, Brods turned the ball over and the frustrated Eves comments earned him a yellow card.
Brods second team enjoyed more success with a home victory over visitors Keighley. Unfortunately, Brods Beavers home game against Heath was cancelled.
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