Young Brods book their place in county cup final

Old Brods Junior Festival. Joe Camlin in the Old Brods v Rishowrth under 11's.
Old Brods Junior Festival. Joe Camlin in the Old Brods v Rishowrth under 11's.

Old Brods under 17s produced another fine away performance to book their place in the Yorkshire Cup final following a 32-12 success over Castleford.

The Cas defence were in the Brods faces from the off but the home side were put under pressure with good recycling and great running lines from the centre partnership of Chester Butler and Greg Roper.

It was against the run of play when Cas somehow came up with the ball from a ruck and darted off downfield, catching Brods napping, and with a couple of passes and missed tackles they were over for the first score.

This shocked Brods and they worked the ball upfield with Isaac Cracknell and Jonny Cole making yards. Quick ball from Sam Jeffrey to Chris Bell enabled Chester Butler to take the short ball and go over for the try.

A great maul set up from the forwards saw Wilson peel off the back to score after which a trademark run from Wilson saw him score his second with Bell adding the conversion.

With half time approaching, Brods seemed to step off the gas and quick defence saw Cas intercept the pass and go in under the posts for a converted try and make it 17-12 at half time.

Brods started the second half with a new team spirit. With Liam Parfitt coming on and Roper moving to the wing, it was not long before Brods scored with Roper going over.

With daylight between the teams, Brods settled into their game, Parfitt adding the next score and Bell going over after a great sweeping backs move. Cas never stopped putting pressure on, but as always Brods adjusted the game to suit their opposition and ran out worthy winners.

Brods under 15 embarked on their end of season tour to Edinburgh, playing two games against Boroughmuir on the Saturday and Percy Park on the Sunday. With Boroughmuir up first and Brods lads still suffering from the six and a half hour drive the night before, it took a while to wake up which gave the home side too much of a start and an eventual 33-21 success.

Tries for Brods came from Harry Dunne, Tom Wilson and Peter Ashton.

With the shorter coach journey to Percy Park, and the lads well rested, they put in a good performance to take the game 22-0 with tries from Cole Wilson, Harry Dunne and Tom Wilson.

Harry Dunne, Luke Chadwick and Josh Forrest all played for Yorkshire under 15s.

Dunne was a member of the Yorkshire A team who beat Lancashire but lost to Cheshire with Chadwick and Forrest in the Yorkshire B team which won both their games against the same opponents.

Old Brods under 13s finished their season in style with a 26-20 success at York.

Brods started against a fresh breeze but immediately began to control the ruck area providing quality possession for their talented backs.

CJ Russell opened the scoring with a strong run, evading three York defenders to cross the line. Despite York showing signs of scoring themselves, it was Brods who scored again with Russell going over for his second following good approach play by both forwards and backs. Joe Potter added the conversion.

York were now on the offensive with their larger pack beginning to take the game to the visitors, but Brods defended strongly with Harris Morris and Connor Murphy to the fore.

Brods continued to be successful in the loose with Cillian Neal at his best, stealing possession on a number of occasions to deny the home side. However, York forwards were now in the ascendancy, driving Brods back with growing regularity and produced a moment of real quality scoring a try under the post which had begun deep in their own half.

Just on half time with the Brods under immense pressure York scored again through some fine approach play.

Brods had the wind at their backs in the second half and began strongly with Potter, Morris and Murphy all having strong runs and producing some intelligent kicking to keep the York forwards working hard.

Brods scored again through Morris who had an excellent game considering a long injury lay-off. York then had a sustained period of pressure which saw them score again to take the lead.

However, the Brods forwards dug deep to weather the storm, with Jacob Mather, Ben Stringer, Tom Ashton and Elliott Adams all to the fore and it was another piece of Morris magic for the winning try.