Depleted Old Brods show their true colours in Sandal success

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OLD Brods under 16s could only muster 13 players for the trip to Sandal due to injuries and representative commitments but ended up playing some outstanding open rugby in difficult conditions on the way to a 38-22 success.

Brods went straight into their game plan with crunching tackles from Issac Cracknell and Steven Scott while the defence was up to the task and forced Sandal into errors. Brods where putting the pressure on when Chester Butler broke the line and scored the first of his hat trick of tries, Chris Bell kicking the conversion for a 7-0 lead.

Sandal came back strongly but were unable to get past Felix Robbins and Ben Armitage while Tyler Nicholson collected a chip from the opposition and set up Butler’s second try, Bell adding the extras.

Brods where dictating the play with strong runs from Adam Roebuck and Matt Smith setting the platform for Ben Sumner to gift the ball to Bell who went on the attack with Greg Roper in support leading to Butler’s third, Bell again converting.

Brods did not have it all their own way and after some missed tackles the strong Sandal centre went in to score a converted try. The Brods reply was immediate with Cameron Wroot taking the ball at pace and ploughing down field where quick ball out to the wing allowed Armitage in for a try and a 26-7 half-time lead.

The second half started with Sandal throwing everything at the Brods and a couple of tries brought them back into the game. Brods re-established their authority with James Krishnapillai disrupting everything, which allowed Roper to bag a great team try.

This sucked the spirit from Sandal allowing Sumner to score in the corner. Bell converted

OLD Brods under 12s enjoyed an end of season tour to the Midlands, combining the pleasures of Alton Towers on the Saturday with participation in the popular Leicester Tigers Land Rover Festival on the Sunday.

Despite remaining unbeaten on the day, Brods missed out on progressing to the semi-finals on point’s difference, despite playing some very good rugby.

Old Brods’ opening game against South Leicester was a scrappy affair as the tourists worked off their previous days exertions. Good tackles from Harris Morris and Liam Stapley halted South Leicester’s best attacks of the first half while Brods raised the tempo in the second.

Brods went closest when after a break from Morris was stopped short. Quickly recycled ball resulted in an opportunity for the backs but a pass went astray with the line beckoning as the game finished 0-0

The second match saw Brods give an improved performance against their toughest opponents, and eventual group winners, Leicester Forest. Good support play saw them take the lead when Tom Ashton came away with the ball from a line out and fed Morris whose side-stepping run took him close to the line where Sam Robinson was in support to take the pass and score.

However, Leicester Forest pressured the Brods defence from the kick off and after a number of attempts, were finally able to drive over from a tap penalty. They had most of the play thereafter but Brods defence held firm for a very creditable draw.

Brods’ final match against Syston was a must win affair for the team to have any chance of progressing to the final stages. They started in determined fashion and were immediately rewarded when a drive by Ben Stringer pierced the Syston defence and a pass to Stapley on his outside enabled the centre to evade tackles to touch down for the lead.

The second period saw Syston mount early attacks and they were rewarded with a close range try after quick recycling of the ball to level the scores.

As the match entered the final stages it was Brods who created the best chances, both Sam Allan and Robinson going close to scoring after good work by the forwards and Morris threatening on the break. The final play saw Brods get the ball over the Syston line but it was held up.

BRODS under 10s travelled to Scunthorpe to play in a round robin with the hosts Scunthorpe, and Kesteven from Grantham. With a number of players unavailable Brods were forced to play a few players out of position, but the team applied themselves well, beating Scunthorpe and losing to Kesteven.

The key to their fine 30-5 success over Scunthorpe was their ability to recycle the ball, starving Scunthorpe of possession for periods of the game. The first two scores came from Rohaan Aftaab, driving ruggedly before handing off to Fred Woodhouse to finish both. Scunthorpe came back with a try of their own but Rohaan drove hard from the kick off bouncing off defenders to ground the ball.

The second half started well for Brods with Woodhouse grabbing his third try and Rohaan his second. Brods were committed to their tackles too with Thomas Webb, Fred Woodhouse and Thomas Sunderland prominent.

Dan Briggs and Joe Swiffen made a telling tackle to save a certain try before Dan Briggs scored from a pile up close to the line and Thomas Sunderland broke down the blind side to seal a fine win.

Kesteven proved a well drilled side and strode purposefully to a 15-0 lead in the second game.

With the loss of Woodhouse with a twisted knee this was going to be a tall order second half but Brods applied themselves with purpose.

Tackles from Sunderland and Benjamin Wilkinson led to some sustained pressure for Sunderland to snipe in from close range. From a centrefield break, Sunderland was able to hand on to the supporting Thomas Webb who was halted inches from the line.

Briggs and Swiffen were making their presences felt with solid driving and tackling, paving the way for Sunderland to score. Brods tried bravely to level the scores but ran out of time.