Rangers miss out on second trophy

King Cross Park (Black) v Brighouse Rangers (Red and Yellow). Scott Bradley.
King Cross Park (Black) v Brighouse Rangers (Red and Yellow). Scott Bradley.

RANGERS missed out on their second trophy in a closely fought game.

They faced Halifax Irish in the Champions Cup Final, which was hosted at Russell Way last Friday.

Both teams came into this game on the back of impressive cup final wins.

Rangers recently won the Joseph Fee Memorial Trophy against Keighley, who have beaten Halifax Irish twice this season, but Irish had an impressive cup win against Pennine Premier League champions Drighlington,

The Irish pack was sizeable and was led by former professional Andrew Brocklehurst.

Despite conceding the weight advantage the Rangers pack stood up to everything that was thrown at them.

It was some 20 minutes into the game when the first points were scored.

Rangers had given several penalties away and Irish capitalised on this.

A sweeping move saw the Irish wingman score out wide, with the conversion missed.

Shortly before half-time Rangers knocked on and from the resulting scrum Irish crossed the whitewash, to leave them 10 - 0 up at the break.

Rangers started the second half the strongest.

The pressure told as an inch perfect kick from Stuart Proctor was gathered by captain Scott Bradley and he duly scored under the uprights, Proctor converted.

Rangers could not break the solid Irish defence and with fatigue setting in, Brocklehurst scored two easy tries as the Rangers defensive line fell off the pace.

Afterwards an emotional Andrew Walters said: “It’s been a long old season! It would have been nice to add some more silverware to the cabinet but it wasn’t to be.

“Fair play to Irish, they are not the Pennine cup holders and Championship League champions for no reason.

“We know we can compete at a higher level and we are already looking forward to next season.”