Brods hit top form in cup tie

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Old Brods Senior Colts hit top form as they recorded a 54-5 victory at Middlesbrough in a National Cup second round clash.

The Woodhead side scored eight tries and converted six of these to move comfortably into the next round.

Brods started confidently and from a scrum won against the head by the pack Jonny Lodge scored to record the first try of the day.

The away side were winning some good possession at the set piece and from centre field moved the ball wide through some slick handling for Matty Turner to score after evading a strong attempted tackle.

Middlesbrough, with a wind at their backs, enjoyed some good pressure in the Brods half and the visitors had to work hard in defence to repel the pressure. Brods then won a scrum in their own half and a deft kick by Danny Cole caught the rush defence out for Elliott Craven to regather and run 50 metres to score.

Brods were now in control and the forwards and backs were combining well to set up good field position for Charlie Gallagher to make use of the blind side to score in the corner. Phil Town was successful with his first half conversions marking an excellent performance for the full back.

Middlesbrough secured their first points late in the half when a long kick into Brods territory saw them break from a maul to score near the posts and make it 28-5 at the break.

BRODS, with a slight wind at their backs, began to play deep into the opposition half and combined well from a scrum for the hard working Lodge to score after which Dan Cole left the defence flat footed with a dummy after gathering quick ball from the ruck.

The Brods backs were by now getting into their stride and from several punishing breaks from deep set up a left side attack for Craven to use his pace to outflank the defence after a good passing movement via the inside backs.

The best try was left until last when from a scrum the ball was moved via an excellent passing movement from left to right allowing Will Forsyth to touch down in the corner unopposed.

Phil Town was successful with two out of four second half conversions to complete a good win on the road against a side who have only lost once in the Colts Northern Conference league this season.

A DEPLETED Brods under 16s side, missing four players on Yorkshire duty, still had too much for Hull Ionians as they ran out 43-12 winners.

Ionians’ big pack gained early ball but thanks to great tackling by Brods, noticeably lock Harley Morris and James Krishnapillai, possession was won back. Soon after centre Greg Roper was able to halt the flow of play with a great interception and set up captain Chris Bell for the first try, Max Sheldrake converting from under the posts.

Brods then stepped up a gear and after great rucking by the pack especially Adam Roebuck, Felix Robins and Matt Wood; the ball was shipped out to full-back Tyler Nicholson who scored in the corner. Sheldrake added the extras.

Brods carried on the offensive resulting in a third try for winger Jasper Ayrton before Hull responded with their first try.

Brods ended the half on a high as centre Roper intercepted once more and outpaced the cover, Sheldrake taking the two points for a 26-5 advantage.

The second half started with regular Brods possession and after good play by the pack, led down the field by No.8 Matt Smith, and forwards Angus Hirst and Jonny Cole, the ball was spun out to winger Ben Armitage who went over, Sheldrake adding the conversion.

Hull did not give up and were able to use their big forwards to score their second try, which was converted, after Brods infringed too many times.

Brods then continued their great team performance to end the game strong giving both wingers Armitage and Ayrton their second tries of the game.

Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier