Neil’s try comes too late to save Old Brods’ youngsters on travels

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Old BrodLEIANS Under-16s travelled to Copley for an eagerly-anticipated derby encounter with local rivals Old Rishworthians.

The large crowd was entertained by a thrilling end-to-end game, with both sides certainly up for the physical encounter and respecting the attacking potential of their opponents.

The first half passed without a score from either side, but it was far from a dull half, more testament to the commitment in the tackle, with neither side giving an inch.

Both sides went close to scoring but were denied on numerous occasions by heroic tackles, both through the middle as well as out wide on the wings.

the hosts dominated possession in the loose with their bigger forwards able to drive over the ball to secure quick ball.

However, Old Brodleians’ pack competed well in the set-piece scrums and line-outs, providing plenty of quality possession for their half-backs.

The second-half continued where the opening section had left off, with Old Brodleians making desperate tackles to thwart the home side.

However, as they understandably tired from all the extra work, the gaps opened up for Old Rishworthians backs to exploit.

As a result, they found the space to score two quick, converted tries.

The visitors worked hard and battled back, but they were unable to break through a staunch and resilient home defensive line, who then helped their team break up the other end to extend their lead with a try down the left wing.

The final score, however went to Brods who scored a consolation try when Sam Neil broke through a couple of tackles to score close to the posts, which was converted by Joe Potter.

Brods can take much comfort from adetermined display and will certainly look forward to the return match when the two sides meet in the New Year.