Lead­ers Bees pro­vide gi­ant task for Brods

Halifax Courier - - Sport -

Old Brodleians face York­shire One lead­ers Brad­ford & Bin­g­ley at Wood­head to­mor­row (2.15) with a spring in their step fol­low­ing a con­vinc­ing vic­tory at Brad­ford Salem. A much-im­proved per­for­mance, par­tic­u­larly from the pack, in a 26-17 win six days ago will give them con­fi­dence against a side who have topped the ta­ble from the be­gin­ning of the sea­son.

The Bees are five points clear of Mal­ton and Nor­ton, with a game in hand, and have won nine league games on the bounce since their only de­feat of the cam­paign, by 27-23, at Hul­len­sians on Novemver 7.

Al­though Brods lost 26-12 at Wagon Lane in Oc­to­ber, the Wood­head boys matched their op­po­nents for long pe­ri­ods and have been look­ing for­ward to the re­match.

The club’s se­cond XV will be look­ing to con­tinue their re­vival with a trip to Mor­ley.

A solid se­cond half per­for­mance led by vet­eran Luke Scrimshaw did the trick against Salem, who had two men sent off late on.

On a firm, level pitch the hosts made a lively start through their backs, tak­ing the lead af­ter five min­utes when an in­side ball to cen­tre Harry Hall was fin­ished in fine style un­der the posts. Danny Belcher con­verted.

Brods shunted the home side off their own ball at the first scrum. From the re­sult­ing pres­sure Si­manu Tusiga grounded the ball over the line but de­fend­ers had pushed back the winger by the time the ref­eree ar­rived.

Michael Briggs went close from the re­sult­ing scrum but even­tu­ally a penalty try was awarded and Matty Hoyle con­verted for 7-7 af­ter 10 min­utes.

Salem threat­ened from the restart but the de­fence held with Matt Raven and Jonny Cole catch­ing the eye.

A wild pass was in­ter­cepted by Tusiga on his own 22 and the Samoan ran the length of the field and beat the cover de­fence. Hoyle again con­verted.

Brods were dom­i­nant in most ar­eas with Liam Scott kick­ing well and James Og­den and Bob Sykes com­bin­ing to sup­ply a steady stream of li­ne­out ball.

Tusiga went close again, los­ing the ball over the line when clear. How­ever, from an­other dom­i­nant scrum, stand in num­ber nine Hoyle dived over near the posts and con­verted to ex­tend the lead to 21-7 af­ter 23 min­utes.

Salem again showed great pace in their backs, mov­ing the ball quickly through hands for Conor Wood to fin­ish wide on the left. Belcher con­verted and added a penalty just be­fore half time to make it 17-21.

The Wood­head boys set about their task in the se­cond half with rel­ish and en­thu­si­asm, dom­i­nat­ing ter­ri­tory.

Scott was yel­low carded but it was Salem who re­ally lost their dis­ci­pline. Briggs was a threat and fol­low­ing a kick and chase his tack­ler was sent off for foul play.

In the clos­ing sec­onds a wild pass was in­ter­cepted by Scott, who touched down with glee for a bonus point try.

An in­ci­dent fol­low­ing the Brods score earned an­other Salem player a red card.

Bonus point de­light: Brods scorer Liam Scott cel­e­brates with James Og­den, Matt Raven and Jamie McLaugh­lin.

Two-try Cameron Rams­den in Heath’s home win over North Rib­bles­dale

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