Derby proves to be a tough test

BRODS U16s have not played together for some time, as they have been playing a year up in the U17 league.

So it was a test for them in a game against a tough Cleckheaton side on their home ground.

The conditions dictated that the game was not going to be the fast flowing rugby the Brods like, and the game kicked off with errors every few minutes from both sides.

Good forwards work by Harley Morris, Issac Cracknell and Jonny Cole always had the Brods in the right part of the field and support from Adam Roebuck and Cameron Wroot allowed the forwards to keep some good pressure on the Cleckheaton side.

But as soon as the ball went out to the backs it seemed to go to ground or a strong tackle from Cleckheaton would dislodge the ball and a scrum was called.

From near the visitors’ line a pick up from No8 Wroot saw him bulldoze his way over to score the first try.

Great tackling from James Krishnipalli and Felix Robins stopped any real threat and after another 10 scrums the first half finished 5-0.

The tempo of the Cleckheaton side was high on the restart as they thought they had a real chance of an upset.

But with Tyler Nicholson and Nick Rawthorne holding steady and tackling any breaks they had, Brods soon got back into the Cleckheaton half.

Handling errors were causing problems, but finally the ball was shipped out and found winger Nicholson who scored in the corner.

The game continued with mistake after mistake which frustrated the Brods boys.