Old Brodleians make the short journey from Hipperholme to West Vale to face local rivals Heath this Saturday (3.00) in good heart following Saturday’s 30-20 victory at home to Keighley.
John Cole’s team will be well aware of the importance of the game and there will be similar challenges awaiting the Woodhead Park side as their hosts will be desperate for league points and will provide a stiff physical challenge particularly on their home ground.
The Brods pack will be bolstered by the return of Callum Thompson, however it looks like goalkicking fly-half Danny Wood will be missing due to the shoulder injury picked up in training last week.
Recent arrival Kivalu has started to have an influence on the side and this is sure to become an important feature.
Man of the match last weekend was scrum-half Joe Armitage and his strength around the base of the scrum has been a feature in recent weeks. The back line continues to look dangerous with David Spivey always an attacking threat at centre and his partnership with Sam Deacon is starting to blossom. Wingers Kris Sharples and Matty Hoyle have posed threats in recent weeks and Brods will be looking to win enough ball to create pressure and provide sufficient ball for the Brods backs to profit.
The second team produced a good display at Wath last Saturday, however went down 17-12 following tries from Ed Botha and Chris Green.
They will be looking to get back to winning ways when they host Heath (3.00).
Despite the club having a long injury list the seconds are still picking from a good squad of players showing the improved strength in depth the Hipperholme side is enjoying this year..
The Beavers travel to West Vale following another big win last Saturday at Halifax Vandals. Players who have returned to the side in recent weeks include former first team centre Martin Sykes plus Paul Turner, Andy Mear and Aron Tyson, and their experience is being supplemented by younger players.
On Sunday the Brods are hosting the prestigious North and Eastern regional finals of the Lexus tournament with teamd from 7 to 10 age groups taking part.
At 1.30 the Senior Colts side host Hull Ionians who traditionally represent a tough challenge.
Old Brodleians Colts maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 46-10 success at Huddersfield.
A powerful run from Matty Smith set the tone and when the ball came out to the wing Max Sheldrake opened the scoring.
The first half was dominated by Brods and Chester Butler scored the second try before poor Huddersfield handling allowed Chris Bell to score when he pounced on a dropped pass, Bell adding his first conversion.
Poor tackling allowed Huddersfield to score against the run of play when their winger ran from his own half to score, but Adam Roebuck and Cameron Wroot were making it a miserable day for their opponents and Greg Roper scored another try to secure the bonus point.
Jordan Moana had defenders bouncing off him before excellent handling allowed Roebuck to score. Isaac Cracknell scored Brods’ sixth try and Bell added the extras.
An attempted clearance was charged down for Huddersfield’s second try before Jasper Ayrton sprinted through for another try and Butler got his second converted by Roper.
Old Brodleians under 16s overcame the loss of players to county duty as their replacements stepped up to the plate in a 34-12 victory over Huddersfield.
Brods showed their strength in attack with a great first try by Myles Watson. Great passing by Jimmy Hodkinson and Regan Hargreaves led to Tom Wilson taking the second try.
Dominance in all areas saw great turnovers by Cole Wilson and Watson while defensively Brods were solid, allowing Pete Ashton to cross twice, Wilson converting one for a 22-0 lead.
A lapse in concentration allowed Huddersfield their first try but Brods responded with a great chip kick over by Hodkinson who grounded the ball to make it 27-5 at the break.
The second half saw Brods produce some great defensive play through James Millington, Scott Speak and Jack Farley before Connor Pollard went over, Wilson converting.
Huddersfield scored a quick try under the posts to take the score to 34-12 but Brods determination and discipline meant there was no chance of a comeback.
Old Brods under nines played their first games of the season which ended in defeats by Ilkley.
Brods were slow to find their feet as Ilkley scored twice. George Bannister replied after a strong run and Tyler Banks was next to score only for Ilkley to run in two more tries.
Two bustling runs from Jasper Brown enabled Toby Morley to register two scores for the Brods before half time.
Brods were much improved in the second half with some big hits from Banks, Bannister and Brown. They also scored a try apiece but Ilkley crossed three more times before Blake Drury scored a lovely try after a good run.
However, Ilkley scored twice more late on to take the spoils 9-8 .
The teaams were locked at 4-4 at half-time in the second game with Banks, Bannister and Morley (2) on the scoresheet for Brods.
Harrison Lawton crossed in the second period but Ilkley ran in seven tries for 11-5.