Brods morale is high after derby success

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Old Brodleians host Ilkley in Yorkshire One tomorrow in good heart after last week’s derby win at Heath.

Their 3-0 success, courtesy of Dan Wood’s penalty on the hour, made it four wins out of six this season and gave them 19 points, one fewer than tomorrow’s visitors.

Brods were on the back foot for much of the game at North Dean but finished the stronger.

Cole said: “We have done lots of work in defence and it paid off.

“As a group we really pulled together because we were under the cosh.”

One area Cole will be keen to improve tomorrow is the side’s discipline.

They had almost a running battle with referee David Downham with their scrummaging a particular issue.

Cole said: “We almost strangled ourselves in the first half with the amount of penalties we gave away.

“But we grew into the game and the longer it went on the better we got.”

Lock Matt Willis was forced to come off in the early stages last week while flanker Rob Jennings took a heavy knock and Cole is likely to check on them before the Ilkley game.