Old Brods under 15s went down 17-12 to Old Rishworthians in their first game of the season.
The game was a keenly fought contest throughout with Brods fielding a completely new team from last season and up against more experienced opponents.
Bradley Allen was sinned binned in the first five minutes for a dangerous tackle and Rishworthians made the advantage tell with a try from Ben Westbury in the corner after sustained pressure on the Brods line.
With Brods back to strength it was Rishworthians who increased their lead when the ball was passed down the line to big outside centre Tom Hammond who beat his marker and raced through to score under the posts. Sam Fletcher-Tennant added the conversion.
At this point Brods took control and pushed there more experience opponents around the field, forwards Will Smith, George Pickles, Max Oakland and James Round making good ground nd with the defence all over the place George Pickles picked up from the back of a ruck and ran through a huge gap to score making it 12-5 at the break.
Brods kept the pressure up on the home side in the second half and Reece Ward had a try disallowed, Max Oakland was held up over the line, Michael Dunn lost the ball with the line open after good work from Conal Spencer, after Bradley Allen had set up the chance, and Nick Galvin was pushed into touch near the line. However, it was Rishworthians who scored next with their only chance of the second half. From a line out inside the Brodleians half the ball was won by Rishworthians who set up a forward drive and again scrum half Thornton released his backs for centre Tom Hammond to burst through a gap and score an unconverted try wide out
Brods refused to lie down and again camped themselves on the home try line, after good work from Jack Sharpe and Conar Witton set up the position for Max Oakland to kick the ball through and drop on the ball over the try line.
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OLD Rishworthians under 13s secured a fine 26-0 win at local rivals Old Brods.
Brods have held the upper hand over Rishies with convincing wins both home and away last season, but the visitors got off to a flying start with Will Bowers stealing the ball in the ruck followed by a good phase of strong runs at the Brods defence.
Jacob Bower made the first try saving tackle when he bundled the Brods winger in to touch 10 metres from the line before the visitors had a try snuffed out when winger Ben Rooney was also denied by a great tackle close to the try line. Bowers again made a strong run from half way before being dragged down five metres short.
Sam Nunn then used his size and strength to break through a gap and go over to score the opening try, Bower adding the conversion. Confidence was now high and crunching tackles on the Brods quick back line stopped them in their tracks. When Brods did threaten the line the ball was stolen in the ruck and cleared by scrum half Will McDonnell.
With half time approaching the Reds had a scrum on half way from which No.8 Bowers picked up, found a gap and outpaced the chasing defence to score under the posts. Bower tagged on the extra points to give the Reds a 14-0 interval lead.
Brods attempted to bridge the gap with another raid on the Reds try line only to be denied by Bower. The ball was stolen in the ruck and McDonnell made another booming clearance kick. Rishies then had a scrum just inside their own half and McDonnell picked up, saw no defence on the blind side, and set off down the wing, just beating the Brods chaser, to score in the corner.
Brods heads did not go down but the Reds were intensive in their tackling. Debutant Will Fielding came on for the last 15 minutes and made some impressive tackles on his wing.
With less than five minutes left a great phase of play in the Brods 22 saw the ball passed down the line to Fielding on the wing, who managed to break through a couple of tackles to stretch over the line for his first try for the club. Bower kicked a superb conversion five metres in from the touchline to complete the scoring.
OLD Brods under 14s saw their all-round efforts rewarded with a 49-17 success over Baildon.
Scrum half Jimmy Hodkinson got the ball out quickly to George Ayrton and good rucking by the forward pack followed allowing Connor Pollard to post the first try.
A lost ball quickly picked up by the Baildon winger allowed them to level at 5-5 with quick thinking by Tom Wilson seeing him put in a charge on the kick which prevented the conversion.
Brods kept the pressure on and a stolen ball by Josh Forrest followed by good passing out wide allowed Tom Wilson to cross before a strong scrum resulted in Luke Chadwick grounding the ball for a 15-5 lead.
Chadwick secured his second try, converted By Wilson, after which good tackling by George Forsyth and Surgen Singh helped take Brods close to the Baildon line and a dropped ball was picked up by Harry Dunne and recycled out to Ayrton who scored a converted try near the posts for 29-5.
Brods fitness showed through in the last play of the first half when, following a Brods lineout, the ball passed out from Forrest to Chadwick and Harry Dunne scored to make the score 34-5 at half time.
The second half started with Baildon in Brods’ 20 metre zone but good tackling saw them win the ball for Forrest to score.
Brods continue to pressure Baildon and good rucking by Oscar Mathers and a good chase by Jack Farley set up Dunne for his second try under the posts
Baildon took advantage of a Brods offside where a clever kick through saw them score taking the score before their winger sprinted the length of the pitch to score a converted try under the posts.
Brods responded by keeping the ball alive and skilful passing resulted in Forrest claiming the final try.