Rangers on the rise as coaches praise progress

Actions from the Fee Halifax Cup Final RL Brighouse Rangers v Keighley at Old Brodleians RUFC, Hipperholme'Pictured for Brighouse is Mark Horne
Actions from the Fee Halifax Cup Final RL Brighouse Rangers v Keighley at Old Brodleians RUFC, Hipperholme'Pictured for Brighouse is Mark Horne

The hard work put in by the coaches, players and backroom staff is starting to reap its rewards at Brighouse Rangers.

That is the view of coaches Craig Young and Nigel Briggs who have masterminded a resurgence over the last couple of months.

“We have got one final and played a semi final last night against King Cross Park in the Halifax Champions Cup,” said chairman Dave Barnes.

On Saturday, Rangers’ first team travel to high flying Batley Boys, who will be looking to win to give themselves a chance of promotion.

When Rangers last played Batley they produced their best performance of the season inbeating them 28-0.

“I know Batley will come at us at their place, but I know our lads are up for this and are all fighting for their cup final shirts, and to help us climb the league,” added Barnes.

“With so many games coming thick and fast Craig is even having the luxury of resting players.

“With the under 18s playing Siddal in their play-off semi final on Friday night all juniors will be rested this Saturday, giving other lads on the fringes a chance to impress.”

The second team travel to Dewsbury to face high flying Hanging Heaton, having beaten the league leaders a couple of months ago.

Then it is off to King Cross Park again next Wednesday (6.30) for the semi final of the Halifax Handicap Cup.

The second team lost their league game on Tuesday, 44-22 to Newsome Panthers A, who amazingly could not raise a side on Saturday.

“It was disappointing as we put out a strong side, but when you face a team running two sides like ourselves it’s inevitable some first teamers will help out and play,” said Barnes.

“With our first team playing a semi on Wednesday, we didn’t have that luxury!”

Newsome Panthers 6

Brighouse Rangers 28

Pennine ARL Division One

Rangers went into this game full of confidence, with a near full squad to choose from and on the back of some very good form.

It didn’t take long for Rangers to take the lead with centre Chris Scrimshaw, who was playing his first game after being out for two years with a serious knee injury, making an immediate impact.

He twice crashed onto balls from stand-off Darren Robinson and showed he had lost none of his determination. Robinson converted one of the tries to leave Rangers 10-0 to the good.

Not to be outdone, Robinson bagged the first of his brace when he dummied through the defence before showing a clean pair of heels.

Seventeen-year-old Andrew Esmond completed the first half scoring when he outpaced the defence to score out wide. Jamie Barraclough nailed the touchline conversion for a 20-0 half time lead.

Rangers continued their dominance in the second half but were unable to turn this into a big score.

Wingman Elliott Briggs dropped a crossfield kick with the line at his mercy and Jarrod Morris was adjudged to have thrown a forward pass to Ben Collins.

Robinson did manage to convert his own try, but this turned out to be Rangers’ only score of the second half.

With five minutes remaining Newsome managed a consolation when their portly prop forward crashed over to give the scoreline some respectability.

Darren Robinson converted a last minute penalty kick to leave Rangers comfortable victors.