Confident Brods have too much power for Ribblesdale

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OLD Brods under 17s played with a renewed sense of confidence as they inflicted a 48-12 defeat on their North Ribblesdale counterparts at Woodhead.

Brods started up the slope and immediately took the game to their opponents. Power play by the forwards made sure Brods were always on the front foot and good work from Josh Pickles and Issac Cracknell produced clean ball for the backs who, despite the conditions, threw the ball across the field for Adam Parkinson to score the first of his hat trick of tries.

Ribb came at Brods with some strong running from the forwards but Felix Robbins and Ben Armitage produced good tackles at the ruck area.

The scrums and lineout were working well with Adam Roebuck stealing the opposition lineouts on a number of occasions and Matt Wood and James Krishnapillai snaffling the ball in the scrums. Further first half tries were scored by Cracknell, Parkinson, Greg Roper and Brodie Wilson.

The second half started with Brods still in control and it was only when changes in personnel brought some disruption that Ribb scored two tries with one conversion.

Brods soon got back into their zone and finished the game strongly with tries from Roebuck and Roper with Chris Bell kicking his conversions well.

BRODS under eights returned to competitive rugby after a five week lay off with the short trip to Chain Bar to take on Cleckheaton.

Both sides made mistakes before the impressive Tobias Gibson was supported by Luca Powell to open the scoring. Brods were then guilty of some weak tackling and Cleck evened the scores at 1-1.

Brods settled and stretched their lead through a trademark poachers try from Jamie Scott and then enjoyed good support from Powell for his second following equally good work from Ben Harrison and Simeon Archibald.

A good individual try from Cleck brought the scores back to 3-2 but a fine break by Jacob Chadwick was finished off by Eoin Flaherty to gibe Brods a 4-2 lead at the end of the first period.

The second period was a lot more even affair with Cleck opening the scoring after good support play, Powell then scored his third with a fine individual try started deep inside his own half.

A jinking run from Gemma Hall was taken on by Noah Hemmingway and when the ball was transferred to Malcolm-Warner he finished off the move before Cleck turnover was punished when Gibson powered up the middle to make the score at the end of the second period 7-5 to Brods.

The third period saw Brods finally get on top and grind their opponents down. The defence was a lot better and a willingness to drop on and secure any loose ball resulted in keeping Cleck to three tries while Scott (2) and Powell (3) were the main beneficiaries of good team work with telling contributions from Matthew Briggs, Alex Price and Harry Philp.

Much more Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier