HALIFAX Academy beat Rotherham Titans 10-7 in the first round of the Yorkshire Cup, despite only having 14 players.
A rousing start where they kept the ball for multiple phases set the scene for a terrific game of cup rugby.
Their pressure told as soon as the ninth minute, when from a scrum the ball went blind to find pocket battleship Heyhoe who drove over from close range, Hyland added an excellent conversion.
The game swung from end to end, Tallis and Emmerson met some stifling midfield defence but the mobile forwards including Griffin, Maxwell, Mellor et al dogged and worked to keep the momentum going.
When the opposition did get the ball, terrific defence, from Mercer and Gerogiou plus some tremendous hits from debutant Eastwood held firm the Halifax line.
On the other wing Niall McSharry let nothing past while back field partner Heyhoe was a constant thorn in the Titans side.
Half time was approaching, Halifax were more than happy with any lead having fought against a strongish breeze however a home indiscretion allowed Hyland to take a shot at goal, and with seemingly minimal effort he stroked over what would amount to the match winner.
The second half followed the first, Halifax trying to play in the opposition half, Georgiou directing his team expertly around the paddock.
Rotherham did grab a try with seven minutes remaining; a penalty to the corner was eventually mauled over and a difficult conversion made.
With time ticking away the home side got a penalty on the ‘22, straight in front, but knew a draw was no good and had to go for the win.
But good defensive pressure resulted in a knock on, Halifax went downfield and towards safety.
Credit to the Titans they kept coming to the final minute but Halifax turned ball over, won a penalty and ultimately cleared the ball off the pitch for an amazing victory.
Brods progressed to the second round of the Yorkshire Cup following a convincing 34-3 win against Sandal.
In the early stages Sandal took advantage of an early mistake when Brods were penalised for offside.
Brods responded with a neat run round involving Dan Cole and only a deliberate knock on stopped a certain try. Phil Town took advantage and kicked the penalty goal.
The penalties were the only scores from a dour first half and following a half time rousting from coach John Cole Brods reappeared more focused and immediately set about their task with a competitive chase from the kick off.
Brods increased the pressure and Johnny Lodge registered the first try with a typically powerful drive over the line.
Alex Dawson was prominent with a couple of strong runs and George Watts used his strength to power over near the posts, Phil Town converted and Brods were in control with score line at 15-3.
Dec Penny was there in support to stretch the lead to 22-3 and Dan Cole topped off an excellent personal performance with another try near the posts for Penny to convert.
Now in complete control the third member of the Brods powerful back row Hassan completed another excellent personal performance with the final try in the closing seconds.
Old Brods under 14s found it tough going against Huddersfield at Woodhead, the visitors running out 50-7 winners.
The game began with Huddersfield attacking downhill with a quick first try by Huddersfield’s speedy fullback to take the first score.
It soon became a constant battle for Brods to keep them out, but battle they did, showing good defence against the strong forward pack of the opposition and their speedy backs, although the half ended with Huddersfield leading 31-0.
Brods took to the down hill in the second half and with sheer determination and good supportive play, Harry Dunne made their first score, with Tom Wilson converting.
The Brods team showed how far they have come through the last few months of training, by digging in deep and keeping their defensive line and making some good metres by shipping out the ball when they did manage to win it. They didn’t give up and fought hard against Huddersfield despite the score.
More Junior Sport in Thursday’s Halifax Courier