Defence on top

BRIGHOUSE Rangers U15s opened their summer season with a well deserved victory over Kippax Welfare.

Rangers were dominant from the start with some ferocious tackling and strong running with the ball.

The opening period saw Kippax pinned in their own half and having to repeatedly kick the ball upfield.

Rangers soon put themselves ahead when the outstanding Ben Wrightson weaved his way towards the posts with some clever footwork before powering his way through to score. Jack Hallsworth converted.

Rangers were further ahead when fullback and captain Alex Greenwood forced his way over.

Hallsworth was unlucky with the conversion which hit the outside of the post.

Rangers were then guilty of poor discipline which resulted in Kippax moving down field.

Kippax in the Brighouse 20 metres were a different proposition and scored a try by pounding the home line with their big forwards .

Rangers did not learn from the indiscipline and were punished again on the stroke of half-time.

Once again Kippax went down field with a succession of penalties and scored a carbon copy of their previous try.

Luckily for Rangers, they missed the conversion to leave the half-time score 10- 10.

Rangers came out for the second half all guns blazing and really took the game to Kippax .

The forwards made the hard metres upfield and the half-backs Lee Doran and Kieran Tankard started to combine well.

Hooker Hallsworth had controlled the game well some intelligent play and he got Rangers in front again when he darted over from the play of the ball.

He also converted his try to make it 16-10.

The only way Kippax could move upfield was again by kicking on the last tackle only for the ball to be run back strong by the lively Ant Sheperd and giant winger Luke Robinson.

With 10 minutes to go and Kippax in possession but lacking any ideas, Rangers’ dominant defence forced them to spill the ball in the tackle and towering centre Lewis Pearson gathered it up and, after bursting through two attempted tackles, sped away up field to score a well taken try to the joy of the cheering Rangers supporters.

Rangers travel next Sunday with confidence to take on Wibsey.