Joe gets four tries in another big win

Brods v Gateshead''Joe Armitage scoring one of his tries,
Brods v Gateshead''Joe Armitage scoring one of his tries,

Brods followed up the previous week’s demolition of Northern with an equally impressive performance against last term’s runaway Durham/Northumbrian champions.

The Woodhead men made seven changes yet soon hit their stride in dry but blustery conditions in front of a large and appreciate Woodhead crowd.

Brods tore into their visitors from the kickoff and were unlucky not to score when prop Jamie McLaughlin could not ground the ball following his forceful drive.

However, from the resulting five metre scrum Joe Armitage showed great strength in twisting out of the grip of two tacklers to plant the ball down between the posts presenting Danny Wood with an easy conversion.

Wood added a penalty for offside and then from the restart Matty Hoyle intercepted and raced 60 metres unopposed to score wide on the right. Wood’s conversion from the touchline made it 17-0 after seven minutes.

Gateshead worked hard to get a toe hold but Liam Scott hacked the ball deep into opposition territory, forced an error and Armitage again broke tackles to score under the posts. Wood converted.

Brods were playing fluent open rugby with forwards and backs interchanging in some excellent phases of play.

The centre partnership of Chris Hartley and Scott received good ball and they in turn fed the dynamic back three of Louis Butler, Hoyle and Tom Booth.

Butler was unlucky not to take a scoring pass but the position had been gained. From a scrum against the head, Armitage was impeded but the referee played advantage and the scrum half combined with Butler in superb fashion down the left for Armitage to complete his hat trick. Wood again converted from the touchline and Brods were cruising at 31-0.

Gateshead could not live with the aggressive defence of the Brods forwards, led by Ollie Akroyd, Harris and Luke Scrimshaw.

Liam Scott took advantage of the hesitant visitors with a further try, converted by Wood, but with half time approaching Brods lost concentration briefly and Gateshead broke up the right for centre Charlton to make it 38-5 at half time.

Gatehead were buoyed by this success but great defence in midfield by Hartley provided loose ball for Booth to kick deep into the visitors 22.

Young lock Oliver Davidson took great ball off the top of the lineout and after a maul it was spun right and the powerful Scrimshaw sent Armitage over wide on the right. Wood converted in spite of the strong breeze to maintain his 100 per cent record.

The spirited visitors replied through back row forward Robson from the back of a maul and Gateshead enjoyed their best spell with strong running from their centres and scored a further try.

Brods finally finished the job through an excellent forwards try.

Rob Jennings broke the line and the supporting McLaughlin went under the posts for Wood to convert and make it a perfect eight out of eight.