BRODS were rewarded from their visit to Brunel Road with another hard earned North One East bonus point and were in with the chance of an away win with a team showing no less than eight changes from the previous week’s starting line up.
Brods kicked off and took an early lead when they were awarded a penalty for offside, Danny Wood striking the ball well from a central position 20 metres out.
Hills responded with strong running out of defence from experienced captain and prop forward Buckenham. Brods’ scrambling defence saved the day until a scrum five metres from the line was lost and lively scrum half Barker went blind to score, converted by Hayward. Hills extended the lead to 10-3 with a penalty for offside after 25 minutes.
Territory and possession were being shared and with the Brods lineout working well the visitors created a good position. Kyle Millward broke from a rolling maul and powered towards the Hills line. Finally brought to ground just five metres short, the supporting Brods pack retained the ball and Callum Thompson drove over from short range to leave Brods trailing 10-8 at the break.
Brods came out with renewed vigour and defended well, working their way back into home territory through good ball retention and patient building of phases.
Wood kicked a penalty to give Brods the lead and the momentum was now with the visitors. Hills were clearly frustrated and were caught offside giving Wood a chance to extend the lead which he did with a fine penalty kick .
Wheatley responded again and worked a position deep in the Brods half. Hooker Kerry turned over ball and fed scrum half Barker who dashed 20 metres to score and recover the lead at 15-14.
As the game moved into the final quarter Brods again took the game to their hosts. Their all round effort was good but they could not break down the home side’s enthusiastic defence and Hills earned themselves a final penalty to secure the win.
l Brods’ development side, including many recruits from the Colts, secured an excellent home win against Hull Ionians in the Yorkshire second team Premier League. The Beavers secured a good away victory over Heath seconds.
l Brods under 19s Senior Colts entertained Market Bosworth from Leicestershire in the fifth round of the National Plate competition.
The visitors arrived boasting an excellent record but were unable to live with the power of the home team who ran out 17-0 winners and will entertain either Canterbury or Redingensians in the quarter finals.