First double of season for Rangers

IT was only two weeks since the teams had last faced each other, Rangers scoring over 50 points on that occasion.

Coach Alex Muff was hoping for a repeat performance and in the process complete a first double of the season.

Several changes were made and Rangers started the strongest and had soon turned there territorial advantage into points when Scott Bradley finished off a fine move, Gary Proctor converting.

Rangers were again on the scoresheet when a fantastic move involving several players ended with Muff crossing in the corner. Proctor converted.

Illingworth had managed to stick a few sets together and were now causing the Rangers defence some headaches.

The pressure eventually told on Rangers with Illingworth scoring the best try of the game wide out on the right.

Rangers hit back with a try from centre Steve Wood with Proctor converting to leave the score 18 – 6 a t the interval.

Despite the weather turning worse, the second half saw some good handling from both teams in the poor conditions.

Rangers continued to pile the pressure on the Illingworth line.

Ben Collins, Stuart Proctor and Scott Bradley all scored to take Rangers away from Illingworth, which gave Rangers chance to rest and rotate the pack.

The Rangers defence continued to excel with some big hits being put on the Illingworth forwards.

Bradley completed the scoring with his hat trick try, with goal kicking machine Gary Proctor finishing with six from seven attempts.

Best for Rangers were Andy Sagars, Russ Young and Mark Horne.

After the game Scott Bradley told his proud watching dad: “That is my first ever hat trick. I’m so chuffed to pieces, what a feeling!”

He has now scored 13 tries this season and that leaves him well clear in the race for the club’s top try scorer.