Stapley’s opener gives under 13s the platform for success

Henry Wade on the burst for Old Brods under 13s against Morley
Henry Wade on the burst for Old Brods under 13s against Morley

OLD Brods under 13s returned to action after the Christmas break still missing a number of key players.

However, in a high-scoring game at Morley they managed to cross at will in a 51-12 success.

Ben Stringer and Elliot Adam among the forwards, and Connor Murphy in the backs, quickly made their presence felt with some powerful runs before Liam Stapley touched down by the posts for the opening try.

A second quickly followed after a Henry Wade run and Ben Stringer drive which sucked in the Morley defence allowing Tom Ashton to go over unchallenged.

A further try followed from Elliott Adam and, after a brief spell of Morley pressure was kept out by good defensive work, Connor Murphy picked up Brods’ fourth try to make it 24-0 at half time.

The second half began with Brods on the wrong end of a number of penalties, one of which saw Morley score.

Brods responded immediately and after more slick handling and quick recycling, Murphy was able to brush aside tackles to get his second.

Another came after a run from Cillian Neal which allowed the ball to go down the back line for wing Alex Kaye to score.

Stapley quickly added his second and Elliott Adam drove through the defence for a 60 yard solo effort.

Henry Wade picked up his second and Brod’s ninth try of the day before Morley showed spirit in mounting a final attack of their own and being rewarded with a try.

Murphy added a conversion from wide out and Joe Potter, who was unlucky to hit the post on a couple of occasions, kicked two.

OLD Brods under 10s travelled to Bradford & Bingley where they sealed a comfortable 22-0 win.

Benjamin Cliff sprinted down the line to open the scoring by the corner flag after a slick off load from Tom Inman.

Oliver Chin scored after linking up with Inman and Henry Haldenby before James Farley won the ball in a line out and passed to Toby Laurie who crossed.

Jackson Wood then took the ball out of a ruck and ran from deep in his own half, barging through three Bradford defenders to score. Further tries followed from Inman, Wood, Adam Smith and Joe Macdonald.

Parkin scored after a pass out from Ben Hodgson, Cliff scored again down the wing. Chin took another and Dan Leahy powered over before Macdonald scored a second.

Hodgson smuggled the ball over before further tries followed from Inman, Leahy, Laurie, Hodgson and Parkin. Farley crossed to take the final try. Man of the match was Laurie.

OLD Brodleians under nines got the new year off to a great start with an 85-5 success at Bradford and Bingley Bees.

Rory Neal started the scoring after muscling his way to the line.

Matthew Briggs got the second with a majestic passing movement by the backs to enable him to score on his wing.

Lewis Ounsworth added another before Neal got his second through another great ripping action. Briggs also then got his second with a great darting run through the middle.

Louis Inman then smashed through the line with Ounsworth getting his second and Eion Flaherty also scoring after Harry Grey had unselfishly given him the ball.

The Bees got one back as half time approached, but Luca Powell rounded the defence to put Brods 5-50 ahead at half time.

The rout continued when Inman, Neal and Powell all went over for another each. Jacob Chadwick, playing in the full back position, ran one in straight through the middle of the Bees defence and Grey bagged another two.

Janie Scott also got on the scoresheet before the referee put the Bees out of their misery.

OLD Brods under eights played their first game of 2013 at Bradford and Bingley.

Brods brushed off the cobwebs and struck first blood with Toby Morley scoring. The Bees replied with two tries but the visitors piled on the pressure allowing Tyler Banks to level things up at half time.

Harrison Lawton opened the scoring in the second half after a bullocking run before Brods regained possession and Morley darted for the line before passing to the supporting Edward Leacock who scored.

Morley then collected a loose ball and sprinted down the wing to score a super try. The hosts scored a try after some good skills, but Morley again made a dash for George Bannister to finish well.

The Brods defence went to sleep which allowed the hosts to score twice to cut the arrears but the visitors held on for a 6-5 success.