Classy under 13s book their place in county semi-final

High flyers: Brods' under 13s made Cup progress
High flyers: Brods' under 13s made Cup progress

Ripon kicked off the third round of the under 13 Yorkshire Cup at Woodhead in what turned out to be an enjoyable game of top class rugby.

Brods’ quickly won turnover ball, and with fast hands along the line Felix Lorrimer was never going to be caught as he sprinted over to take the opener. Tom Inman kicking the extras.

Following a scrum inside Ripon’s 22, George Gillgrass sliced through the Ripon defence to take a score.

In the second quarter, Brods had to defend well and were forced to work hard to keep Ripon from reducing the deficit, Ripon crossed but Brods managed to get bodies under the ball and it was scrum down.

Brods were awarded a penalty and Inman kicked clear and headed in to the break holding on to a 12-0 lead.

In the second half, momentum was still with the visitors who came out fighting.

The Brods attacking play was good, but the defence of their slender advantage was magnificently well fought.

Brods full-back Gillgrass backed himself in a footrace against the Ripon centre who had open space, hauling him to the ground to make the cover tackle of the season.

However with Brods still back pedalling they conceded a penalty on their five metre line from which Ripon took a deserved score in the corner.

A period of intensity followed with both sides desperate to gain possession and constant pressure from forwards Macauley Thompson, Michael Jones and Henry Haldenby put the Brods in the ascendancy.

A big hit from Tom Parkin dislodged Ripon’s carrier of possession and with quick ball, draw and pass Ben Hodgson sent Oliver Chin crashing over.

From the restart Inman found Benjamin Cliff with a long pass who had the gas on the pedal to touch down by the corner flag.

Fast through the hands, basics done well and Chin took his second which sealed the win fopr a final score of 27-5.

This result kept the 100 per cent record this season intact and in doing so they progressed into the Yorkshire Cup Semi Final for the third year running.

This Sunday they are away at Stockport who are current Cheshire Cup holders, so a fantastic close to 2015 for both sides.