Brods complete a hat-trick

Old Brodleians survived a determined fightback from hosts Pontefract to emerge 33-29 victors and make it three wins on the bounce in Yorkshire One.

Their bonus-point return moved them up a place in the table and left them in good heart for next Saturday’s re-arranged home derby with Heath, when proceeds will go to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

Pontefract kicked off in near perfect conditions and when Brods strayed offside fly half Jamie Benn took the three points with a simple kick from centre field.

Brods’ response was swift. Danny Wood kicked a penalty deep into home territory and from the line out the visiting pack drove for the line with hooker James Ogden claiming an unconverted try.

The visitors were forced to defend and although they held up a bulky second rower over the line, from the resulting scrum veteran No 8 Derek Eves touched down and Benn converted to make it 10-5 after 10 minutes.

Brods were comfortable on the ball and Rob Jennings combined well with teenage centre Phil Town, running strongly at every opportunity.

The visitors regained the lead following Wood’s kick to the corner, a clean take and drive resulting in Ogden’s second try. Wood converted from the touchline for a 10-12 scoreline.

Brods were dominating territory and possession and scored a third try from a lineout with Luke Scrimshaw touching down.

The Hipperholme boys were clearly enjoying their rugby. They moved the ball well through hands and were patient in building their attack and recycling the ball.

When the slower home defence was pulled out of shape, Wood showed great pace to beat the cover and finished under the posts for a superb score. That meant the visitors had a valuable bonus point as well as a 24-10 lead.

Brods went into the second half without the injured Scrimshaw, who was replaced by Jonny Lodge, and extended their lead on 50 minutes with a Wood penalty.

Andy Finn, Danny Vento and Lodge all worked overtime in securing ball and Chilean scrum half Carlos Pradenas, playing on the left wing, had a great run and was stopped 10 metres short.

Dominic Georgiou was having another excellent game at scrum half and his cover tackle on Ponty left wing Tillet snuffed out an opportunity for the home side.

Ponty finally took the game to their visitors and after consecutive scrums on the Brods line Eves touched down at the back of a powerful drive to make it 15-27.

A Wood penalty for back chat made the gap 15 points but Eves took his third try in traditional manner and Benn’s conversion set up a test of nerve for the young Woodhead side.

Home prop Griffin was shown a red card for saying the wrong thing to the referee and Brods accepted a further three points to make it 22-33.

A speculative kick and chase produced another seven points for the home side but Brods won the ball in the last minute and a frustrated Eves was yellow carded.

Brods seconds beat visitors Keighley but Brods Beavers’ home game against Heath was cancelled as the visitors could not raise a side.