Brods warm up for the cup with strong show

Louie Inman of Old Brods under nines pushes the Rishies pack back
Louie Inman of Old Brods under nines pushes the Rishies pack back

OLD Brod U13s will be pleased with this strong performance at home to Driffield, coming the week before a new Yorkshire Cup campaign starts.

The team are full of confidence following this 10 try romp against a hapless Driffield side short of key players, in a performance that showed how much the team has come on in the last few weeks.

Brods No 8 Ben Stringer started the scoring driving over from short range and Tom Ashton quickly scored the second following a strong run. Soon it was the backs turn as firstly Harris Morris went in under the posts, then Joe Potter ran round the Driffield defence to score in the corner.

Strong tackling and quick handling in the middle backs put speedy winger Tom Atkinson in for two good tries either side of half time.

Then it was the turn of newcomer Connor Murphy to score his first try for the club, capping a fine display in both defence and attack. Morris scored again closely followed by one from Alex Kaye supporting a break from the centres. Morris duly completed his hat-trick minutes later to cap a fine afternoon. Kicking duties were shared between Potter and Morris who kicked three apiece in the 60-0 win.

IT was to be a test of the oldest rivalry in Calderdale rugby for Old Brodleians under nines’ first contact rugby game - away against Copley residents Old Rishworthians.

Scoring started early for Brods as Lewis Ounsworth broke the Rishworthians line at the first time of asking to score the first try of the season.

Rishies soon levelled, but continued dominance at the breakdown from the Brods forwards led to Louie Inman crashing through the middle to restore Brods’ lead.

Some great scrummaging and physical loose play from prop Rory Neal opened up the Rishies defence for Ounsworth to grab a second just before the break.

Brods went further ahead in the second half after Jamie Scott stole the ball well as it came out of a Rishies scrum, offloaded to impact sub and man of the match Harry Gray who in turn supplied a great ball for terrier-like Matthew Briggs to score in the corner.

Further skilful interplay from Scott, Gray and Tobias Gibson nearly led to another try, but Rishies defended well to keep Brods from going further ahead.

Rishies struck back with a well worked try late in the game to finish the match as 4-2 winners.