Brods under eights play out triple head against county foes

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Old Brods U9s travelled across to Baildon to play the hosts and Leeds Corinthians.

Again the Brods had the luxury of fielding two teams and the outcome was that they won three and lost one.

Brods A played Leeds Corinthians first up but were defeated by 45-15, Jasper Brown and Ben Parkin, 2,registering for the Brods.

Brods’ game two was against Baildon and the Hipperholme lads ran out convincing 55-20 victors.

They tackled very well and Parkin, 4, Blake Drury, 4, Harrison Lawton and Brown,2, scored for Brods.

Old Brods B took on Baildon in their first game and again the tackling was superb. The Brods won with a 45-20 scoreline.

George Bannister (5), Toby Cliff (2), and Toby Morley (2), going over for the Woodhead boys.

Old Brods B’s second game was against the very big Leeds team, but the Brods overcame their bigger opponents with another fantastic display of attacking and defensive rugby.

William Bentley, Adam Odling-Smee, Morley and Bannister (3) scoring and winning the game by 30 -15.

Old Brods U14s progressed to the quarter finals of the Yorkshire Cup with a well earned victory in a closely fought contest away at Sheffield. With the score 5-5 at full time Old Brods went through courtesy of being the away team, so the long trip to Abbeydale Road was worth it in the end.

As the score line suggests there was little between the two sides, and they provided a very entertaining game for the large crowd, taking advantage of the superb weather conditions and the excellent facilities of the first team pitch.

The early exchanges were very even, with both sides testing each other under the high ball. If anything, Sheffield looked the more dangerous with a willingness to spin the ball wide at every opportunity. Brods gave away too many penalties so had to rely on running the ball from defence and bide their time for the right opportunity to arise.

Highlights of the first half for the Brods included a scything run by Tom Wildsmith, making 30 metres, and one memorable run down the right flank by Harris Morris which included a rather bizarre somersault for good measure. Whilst on the whole Brods tackled well on the flanks, but they had no answer however to one Sheffield attack which resulted in a try for the left winger following a clever miss-pass.

In the second half, Brods’ forwards competed much better in the loose and provided their back with more possession. The outside backs looked dangerous at every opportunity, with CJ Russell Conor Murphy, Will Caldwell and Morris all making individual breaks.

The equalising try followed another Brods attack when Morris finally broke through, side-stepping to score a super individual try wide out with Murphy missing a difficult conversion. The final minutes were nerve racking for both sides, with Sheffield missing a difficult penalty kick and Brods going close to scoring in the dying seconds.

This was a thoroughly entertaining game between two quality sides.