Old boss Barnett is back as Brighouse coach

Rugby League - Brighouse Rangers (red) v Illingworth.'Darren Williams and Gary Barnett celebrate with try-scorer Chris Scrimshaw.
Rugby League - Brighouse Rangers (red) v Illingworth.'Darren Williams and Gary Barnett celebrate with try-scorer Chris Scrimshaw.

Brighouse Rangers have re-appointed a former coach from their National Conference days as head coach.

Former professional player and coach Gary Barnett returns and will be assisted by last season’s coach Craig Young.

Chairman Dave Barnes said: “After a successful interview, we feel very excited by Gary’s return.

“We know that Gary will take the club to the next level under his leadership and he can’t wait to get going.

“He is coming in to look after both open age sides, and to help develop the under 18s coming through the ranks.”

Barnett, a former half-back with Bramley, Batley and Featherstone Rovers, has gained a lot of experience in the last four years developing younger players, firstly at Wakefield Wildcats as assistant under 20s coach for two years before moving to Castleford Tigers to coach their under 20s.

“I’ve learned a lot since my last spell here, and im relishing the challenge in front of me,” he said.

Barnes continued: ”He can bring a lot of knowledge and experience to the club, and make us into a more consistent squad.

“We will be holding an open forum night on Thursday, June 20 from 7.30pm when everybody will be welcome along with players and club members.

“This will give Gary and Craig an opportunity to meet everyone and lay out their plans for the future.

“Please feel free to come along and meet them and old new players are welcome.

“Gary is really up for develeping the youth of the club, and would love to do some training sessions with different sections.”

Brighouse Rangers under 16s’ 44-26 victory over Hull Dockers turned out to be a bit of a try fest with 13 being scored.

Brighouse were first to score when prop forward Louis Frear came onto the ball from 20 metres out and burst through attempted tackles to crash over, Lewis Pearson converting.

Lazy defence allowed Dockers to score a simple converted try which was soon followed by a second when, after the Rangers defence had been stretched, a three player overlap saw them score an easy try.

Rangers regained possession and following a clever grubber kick from Lewis Pearson, Dockers knocked-on. Scrum half Alfie Blackhall re-gathered at the base of the scrum and set off on a weaving run to score a superb individual try.

Livewire second-rower Luke Robinson was the next Rangers scorer after which Lewis Pearson spotted a gap and he went straight through for a try which he then converted.

Robinson then scored his second try in a similar fashion to his first to make it 26-10 to Rangers at the break.

Dockers were first to score in the second half before Rangers got the ball up on the Dockers’ tryline and Will McLoughlin dived over from dummy half. Pearson converted to push the score to 32-16.

Rangers were then guilty of switching off and a Dockers bomb was allowed to bounce and they re-gathered to score another converted try to put the score at 32-22.

This was quickly followed by another Dockers’ try following some weak home defence to leave them just a converted try behind.

Rangers regrouped and McLoughlin broke through attempted tackles before diving over, Pearson converting to make the score 38-26.

As the game was drawing to a close the ball was worked out to the left and Pearson rounded the Dockers’ winger to sprint away upfield to score a good try which he also converted.