Brods Colts book plate final place with Gloucester success

Old Brodleians senior colts are through to the National Plate final after a tense 8-6 win away to Gloucester under 18s champions Dursley RFC at the weekend.

The prize for the John Cole-coached side is a date with either Havant or Westcombe Park at Franklins Gardens, Northampton on Monday, May 7.

The Hipperholme side had earned their trip to Stinchcombe with good home wins against Market Bosworth from Leicestershire (15-0) and Kent league champions Canterbury (24-20).

Dursley were unbeaten at home this season and had beaten Derby 26-10 in the last round.

The full strength visitors chose to play up the slope but were made to work hard in the early stages to repel several good attacks.

The Brods continued to defend resolutely, resisting several forward drives from lineouts deep in their 22.

Eventually the Halifax side built some pressure in the Dursley half and from an infringement at the ruck Phil Town kicked the penalty from in front of the posts.

Brods were unlucky not to be awarded a try from a lineout when Luke Cole beat two defenders and dived for the line but the Dursley full back’s tackle was sufficient for him to put a foot in touch.

Dursley used their strong pack in an attempt to break the away defence but Brods continued to work hard on defence and went in at the break 3-0 up.

The second half started at a frantic pace with the home side roared on by a vociferous crowd. Again the Brods were forced to defend and a Malpass penalty made it 3-3, the kicker adding another three points on 46 minutes.

Brods began to take control, aided by excellent work at the lineout, and they were showing more of an attacking threat.

After a break in play in the Dursley 22 the ball was worked left of the scrum on two occasions. Charlie Gallagher fed Danny Cole who dummied his opposite number and broke the line. Just prior to being tackled, he fed Declan Penny who scored to the right of the posts. The kick was missed but Brods led 8-6.

Town pushed a penalty wide and the Gloucestershire side then pressed but resolute defence by Jonny Lodge, Perry Wilson and Will Forsythe kept Dursley at bay.

Malpass missed a penalty from near half-way and Brods held out to earn a day in the spotlight.