Brods finish second in Lexus showpiece

Action from Old Brods under 10s at the Lexus Festival
Action from Old Brods under 10s at the Lexus Festival

Old Brodleians under 10s opened the prestigious Lexus festival at Woodhead against an unknown Matlock side last Sunday.

Matthew Briggs, Jon Baker, Luca Powell, Louis Ounsworth (2) and Harry Gray scored the six unanswered tries to see off the Derbyshire outfit.

It was a different story against Hill Ionians as, despite a great individual try by Eoin Flaherty, Ionians hit back with two of their own.

Louie Inman and Briggs both scored to secure Brods’ second win of the day against Market Bosworth before Grey started the scoring against the next challengers Lincoln.

Rory Neal made a great steal and ran in Brods’ second. Baker then grabbed a third to claim Brods third clean sheet win of the day at 15-0.

Ionians had secured the tournament win, so it was a fight for second place for Brods last match against Sheffield.

Grey got them off to a fine start with a try in the corner. Sheffield then came back but dogged defence kept them out, including twice holding the ball up over the line.

With the last play of the game, Sheffield pierced the Brods line to sneak a draw. However, due to Brods’ superior points difference the tournament hosts took an honourable second place.

Old Brods under nines opened against Matlock where the visitors ran in two early scores. Eli Gorman replied for the Brods.

In the second half Jasper Brown intercepted and passed to Toby Morley who finished nicely. Then it was one way traffic as Morley scored three more tries for a 25-10 win.

Brods beaten comprehensively 30-0 by Hull Ioninas. Roundhegians were next up and missed tackles allowed the Leeds side to score twice.

Tyler Banks pegged them back with two tries, but Roundhegians scored two more.

In the second half Brown charged over but Roundhegians crossed twice more to take the spoils 30-15.

Brods played Market Bosworth from Leicestershire for a third place play-off. Both defences were on top but with seconds to go Morley ran through from halfway to score for a 5-0 win.

Brods under 11s were deserved 33-14 winners over Morley.

Finbar O’Sullivan Matthews scored but Morley crossed and converted.

Tom Parkin scored the second with a solo surge through a gap, a dummy and a straight sprint for the goal line. He also scored the third after a lofty pass from Hodgson. Benjamin Cliff then linked up with Inman to touch down by the corner flag.

Morley took a second and looked hungry for another but were careless in possession. Dan Leahy ripped the ball and quick hands from Inman put George Gilgrass in, Inman sealing the win with the boot.