Rangers bow out of cup despite determined show

Brighouse Rangers bowed out of the Halifax Champion of Champions Cup semi final against a very determined King Cross Park, losing 16-6.

In atrocious gale force conditions on Savile Park last Wednesday evening, both teams found it very hard to settle and it was King Cross who struck first with a simple inside ball under the posts to take a 6-0 lead.

A case of dropped balls and knock-ons with the line at their mercy started to take its toll on Rangers before a bit of inspiration by Darren Robinson saw him produce a smart dummy, taking himself over the line for a converted try to make it 6-6 at the break.

King Cross started to use the slope and wind to their advantage, and after some sloppy tackles by the Rangers defence ran in two quick tries to take a deserved 16-6 lead.

Scott Bradley tried to raise his troops, but even after strong running all game from Lee Buckley and Andrew Houlihan Rangers just couldn’t complete a set.

It would take something individual to break through King Cross’s stern defence, and on 65 minutes captain Bradley intercepted in his own 20 to run the full length only to be caught five yards out.

He attempted to throw the ball inside to Andy Sagars, but he just didn’t catch the ball right with the line at his mercy resulting in a knock on.

Straight from the scrum the King Cross winger scooted the ball into three tacklers and fell awkwardly, badly dislocating his elbow.

The Rangers physio attended and an ambulance was called. With 12 minutes to go the referee had no alternative to abandon the game.

All at Rangers wish him a speedy recovery.

The result will stand and King Cross Park now progress to the final and will face Halifax Irish.

On Saturday Rangers went down to a 52-26 defeat at Batley Boys, who currently lie third in Division One of the Pennine League and are hunting for promotion.

Chairman Dave Barnes said: “Rangers, if honest with themselves, didn’t put on a shirt on Saturday, and Batley Boys wanted it a lot more.

“We just didn’t turn up and play our usual game, and with so many games in the space of the last ten days fatigue

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