Bates’ early score gives Brods the momentum against Skipton

Old Brods under 15s came away with the spoils with a 37-17 victory at Skipton.

The game was played with great spirit by both sides as they tried to play open rugby in atrocious conditions.

Brods opened the scoring when George Pickles picked up a loose ball outside his own 22 and after beating several defenders he made his way into the Skipton 22. From quick ball at the ruck, the ball was spun out to Will Bates who beat his cover to score a fine try, Bradley Allen converted for 7-0

Skipton hit back and from a scrum on their own 22, the centre received the ball and beat several players on a mazy run to score a fine converted try.

Brods responded well and after good counter rucking by Jack Sharp and Conor Whiton on halfway, the ball was spun out to Bradley Allen who beat several defenders to score a superb try and make it 12-7.

Skipton scored straight after the restart when their centre made a break from the halfway line to score a converted try by the posts. Brods then replied when Allen picked up a loose ball to score his second try by the posts after good work from Oliver Booth and Zain Aftab had put pressure on the home defence and forced them into a mistake,

Again Skipton hit back to score by the posts via their full back who backed up a break from the stand-off to level things at 17-17.

Brods then took control with the forwards dominating the ruck and winning lots of possession. Allen claimed his third try, Reece Ward scored after a good break from the half way line, Jack Moger scooted over from the back of a ruck in the Skipton 22 and Nick Galvin ran in from the half way line after backing up James Round to score.

OLD Rishworthians under 12s missed out on a semi-final place at the Leeds Carnegie Festival.

Playing in a pool of four teams, the Raiders first opponents were Morley, the game finishing as a 5-5 draw.

The teams were evenly matched although Rishworthians enjoyed more of the first half possession, following some good work at the breakdown by Morgan Smithies and Connor Friend. Second row Alex Tull made several good runs after picking up the ball from the base of the ruck, but the Morley defence held firm.

The second period was an equally tight affair although the Raiders always looked more likely to score, with winger Sam Puddephatt making several good breaks. However, it was Morley who scored the opening try as the Rishworthians defence switched off momentarily.

Rishies battled back with strong runs from Patrick Smallman and Ethan Pollard just being halted short of the try line before Smallman levelled with a typically strong run up the middle.

Dinnington were next up and the outcome was the same.

Raiders once more dominated possession with Phillip Tattersall ripping the ball out of several mauls and also winning plenty of lineout possession.

The Raiders back division failed to exploit space out wide though in the first half before scrum half George Wright showed initiative, picking up from the base of a scrum and sprinting down the blindside.

Rishies seemed to have done enough to secure a valuable win but they allowed Dinnington to move the ball out wide in the dying seconds and slip through several would-be tacklers to level the score with the last play of the match.

The third game against Aireborough saw the Raiders recoid a 15-0 success.

Morgan Smithies made a strong run up the middle and then popped the ball up to Connor Friend as he was tackled. Friend recycled well and prop Callum Bell was on-hand to pick and drive from the ruck for the opening score.

Ethan Pollard came off the bench when an injury forced Patrick Smallman to retire hurt and promptly made a strong run through the heart of the Aireborough defence to score Rishies second try.

The victory was completed when fly half Tom Craven received a fine pass from scrum half George Wright and threw an outrageous dummy to fool his opposite number and cut through.

With other results going against Rishworthians, they were just pipped to top spot in their pool by Dinnington, who went on to beat Sheffield in the semi-final but narrowly lose to Sandal in the final by a single try.

Much more junior sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier