Five-try Sykes simply unstoppable for rampant Rangers

Brighouse Rangers
Brighouse Rangers

Brighouse Rangers under 12s put a defeat a fortnight earlier out of their minds with a 42-10 home success over Emley Moor.

They kicked off and after a great chase kept the visitors in their own half with strong tackling from Niall Small and Tom Austin-Langham.

Stand-off Jack Mountain and Archie Cresswell then created the platform for Louis Sykes to storm over from short range. Nathan Lappage converted from the sideline.

Emley defended well for five minutes but Rangers’ attack proved too strong with hooker Harvey Craven and scrum-half Will Oldroyd combining for Sykes to score again. Lappage added the extras.

This opened the floodgates and Callum Croughan powered over from short range. Lappage again converted.

Emley kicked off and after a 30 yard drive from Toby Paget, Sykes did the rest. A 40 yard run destroyed the visitors’ defence and he scored his hat-trick try, with the conversion slotted over the posts.

Emley scored next against the run of play to make the half time score 24-6.

Sykes scored in the first minute of the second half and Lappage was in great form with the boot again.

Debutant Charlie Sowden halted the next Emley attack, assisted by Balwinder Singh, with a crunching tackle which saw the ball spilled.

Lappage danced his way over the try line from 20 yards out and added the extras.

Emley were on the back foot and centre Isaac Ferris took the ball to within 10 yards and Sykes barged over for his fifth try. Lappage made it seven out of seven with the boot.

With time running out Emley scored against a tired Rangers defence.