Defence holds firm in Rangers cup win

RANGERS had a week off from league action with the first round of the Pennine League Cup taking place.

They had been handed a home tie against opposition from a division below, however Rangers had been in the same league as West Leeds for the past few seasons and knew exactly what to expect.

Rangers were made to work in both defence and attack as West Leeds slung the ball about with abandon at times and really tried to stretch the the home side in defence

But Brighouse stood firm and did not let West Leeds through.

The first try of the game came when second-rower forward Andy Sagars crashed through on an inside ball and scored under the posts. Proctor converted the easy kick.

Rangers were soon again on the scoresheet when Steve Wood finished a fine move out wide, but Proctor missed the difficult conversion.

Unable to go through the Rangers defence, West Leeds took the aerial route and an inch perfect kick by stand-off Dale Barker into the corner was touched down by the wingman, although the conversion was missed.

This was the last score of the first half and Rangers went in for half-time oranges 10 – 4 to the good.

The second half was a stop start affair with the man in the middle being more than happy to blow on his whistle at every opportunity.

Despite this Rangers managed to play some attractive rugby at times and both the centre three-quarters, Alex Muff and Reece Spurr, scored out wide.

Gary Proctor converted one of the two tries.

Rangers’ defence again held firm with West Leeds unable to penetrate the line in the second half as the score line finished 20 – 4.

Best for Rangers were Mark Horne, Sagars and Wood.

l WHITEHALL Warriors had a walkover into the second round of the Pennine Supplementary Cup when Wharfedale club Burley Lions failed to put in an appearance.

It was rather surprising as they are only place just below Whitehall in Division Five of the league.