Determination is the key in Brods victory

Old Brods under 14s saw their determination pay dividends as they saw off the challenge from visitors Sedgley Park by 47-12.

A great kick by George Ayrton saw the start of a fast paced, pressured game of rugby. The chase followed to put Brods well within Sedgley’s five metre line and great forwards pressure saw Joe Sealey cross, converted by Tom Wilson.

James Millingtom received the ball for Brods and passed out to Harry Dunne who ran almost the whole pitch to score, converted by Wilson, to open up a 14-0 lead.

Good runs by Alfie Blackhall and Reegan Hargreaves followed, but a great intercepted ball by the Sedgley number 10 enabled him to reduce the deficit to 14-7.

Sedgley Park were outskilled and outplayed as the Brods showed their improvement as a unit. Great rucking by the forwards throughout the first half allowed the backs to get the ball out wide and the fitness and determination of the team shone through.

Unfortunately the tension between the teams came to a head as two Sedgley Park players and a Brods player were sin binned just as Alfie Blackhall scored his first try in the corner to make it 19-7 at the break.

Both teams were eager to perform with depleted numbers. Cole Wilson received the ball which was passed out to George Ayrton who followed with a great kick deep into Sedgley’s half. Pressure by forwards Ollie Anderson and Toby Robins allowed Joe Sealey to force his way forward for his second try, converted by Wilson.

Brods dominated the second half and Sedgley Park were unable to respond as Luke Chadwick scored, converted by Wilson for 33-7. The onslaught continued as Dunne scored his second try, Wilson converting.

The play continued in Sedgley’s 20 and an outstanding tackle by Chadwick saw him pick up the ball and score under the posts, converted by Ayrton, to take the score to 47-7.

Corey Greenwood was just tackled into touch metres from the touch line as the Brods pushed on but Sedgley gained some reward for their efforts with a great run upfield which saw them score the final try of the match.

OLD Rishworthians under 15s ran in 11 tries as they came away from Leeds Corinthians with a comprehensive 71-0 victory.

It was clear from the opening exchanges that Rishworthians had too much in the locker for Corinthians, Brenchley’s pace took the ball deep into the red zone and following excellent work by Westbury Fletcher-Tennant crashed onto a short pass from Halliday to go over. Halliday followed with two tries of his own before Fletcher-Tennant added his second try.

Frost went close but a solid tackle from the defence pushed his legs into touch as the ball was grounded. From the lineout Corinthians attempted a clearance but Pooloogadoo caught the ball and dummied the first man then sidestepped the second before powering over for his first try for the club. Binns finished off the first half scoring and with Fletcher-Tennant’s five first half conversions made it 40-0 at the break.

Rishworthians powered on in the second half, Gledhill crashing over from a ruck close to the line and Brenchley added two tries.

Rishworthians scored again straight from the kickoff, Davies trapping a difficult ball with his foot before setting off up the field.

He committed the defence and left the hard work to Binns who sprinted 40 metres then cut inside the fullback to score under the posts.

Corinthians were tiring and Radcliffe drove from the back of the ruck, changed direction and stepped inside the defence to ground the ball with the last play of the game. Halliday added the conversion with Fletcher-Tennant’s two in the second half completing the tally.