Brods run riot with 13 tries

Brods centre Sam Deacon was a thorn in Acklam's side
Brods centre Sam Deacon was a thorn in Acklam's side

Old Brodleians rubbed salt into the wounds of Yorkshire One’s rock-bottom club Acklam on Saturday with a 77-13 mauling in the north east.

They scored 13 tries and a fourth win in their last five outings helped them climb two places to fourth in the table with two games left.

Earlier in the season Acklam had put up a spirited performance at Woodhead and earned them selves a bonus point in a closely fought match.

Their heavy pack had slowed the game at ruck and maul on that occasion but a firm pitch and a slight sea breeze for the rematch meant Brods were able to move the ball wide, having established a platform, to great effect.

The home side opened the scoring almost immediately with a penalty from scrum half Danny Ashton.

However, Brods asserted themselves from the restart. Following a lineout and subsequent maul, Callum Thompson demonstrated his strength with a powerful drive to score wide on the left.

Brods encamped in the Acklam 22, dominating possession. Ryan Harris took a quick tap penalty and released fly-half Liam Scott, who showed pace with an outside break to extend the score to 10-3 on 13 minutes.

Brods were playing with confidence and dominating. Danny Wood came into the line before releasing right wing Phil Town, who showed good pace to finish wide out.

Ashton kicked a second penalty when Acklam made a brief foray into the Brods’ 22 but Brods’ response was instant and following a scrum won against the head Ed Botha picked up and shook off two attempted tackles before crossing under the posts.

With just 21 minutes on the clock Brods had a guaranteed four-try bonus point and Wood’s conversion took the score to 24-6.

Pete Williams was shown a yellow card and with a man down Acklam controlled the ball and scored a good try, well converted by Ashton from the touchline.

Kristian Sharples was next on the score sheet following a good break by Sam Deacon. Sharples was in support and beat two defenders to extend the lead to 29-13 on 39 minutes.

Kiwi Deacon was creating havoc in the Acklam defence and following another half break he released left wing Eddie Carter, who rounded the fullback to touch down wide out on the right.

On the stroke of half time Williams produced a superb off-load in the tackle and Deacon finished under the posts, Wood’s kick making it 13-41 at half-time.

Brods maintained their form in the second half with further tries for Scott, Williams, Wood, Rob Jennings, Carter and Deacon. Wood added further conversions and prop Loma Kivalu came off the bench to land a conversion from near the touchline.

At home, Brods’ seconds made it a double delight as they also registered over 74 points in thrashing Wheatley Hills from Doncaster in the West Yorkshire Championship, a result which should secure them at least second place.