Brods urged to produce away display

Old Brodleians go to Yarnbury on Saturday with coach Matt Smith challenging his players to show they can turn on the style away.

The Woodhead men have racked up more than a century of points in runaway home wins over Old Crossleyans and North Ribblesdale so far this season, only to disappoint at Bridlington in between.

The manner of the defeat at the east coast is still a concern for Smith, who will consider how Brods should best prepare for future games which involve a fairly long bus ride.

“Brid were decent,” said Smith. “They scored two tries in the first 15 minutes and we never got going,” he said.

“For our game plan to work we need tempo and energy and it wasn’t there.”

Smith said there would be no excuses on the shorter trip to Leeds and he wanted his players to show their true colours.

“How good are we?” added Smith. “Are we just a team that can win at home or can we do it away as well?”

Smith expects Yarnbury to provide a good test.

“They are a strong team and well drilled with a good number 10/15 who takes them around the field.

“We went over there for the second game of last season and lost but beat them easily at home late on.”

Smith, meanwhile, was delighted with the response he received from the players after the Bridlington defeat.

The Hipperholme side mauled North Ribblesdale 49-13 last Saturday with Samoan Simanu Tusinga’s attacking flair in the centre one of the main talking points.

“Manu” scored a couple of tries and has the same direct approach that Kiwi Sam Deacon brought to the side over the last couple of seasons.

It was be no means a perfect performance from him, however, as he lost the ball a couple of times on contact.

“Awesome but raw,” was how Smith described Tusinga, an athletic type who played in Chicago with a couple of other Brods players during the summer.

“With Manu you don’t know what you are going to get.”

Captain Liam Scott and hooker James Ogden had been injury doubts for the Ribb game but came through unscathed, along with the rest of the team.

Luke Scrimshaw bizarrely has a plaster up to his elbow after dislocating a finger in training and he could be out for several weeks.

Fellow forward Matt Raven missed last weekend’s game with a knee injury.