Vandals well beaten by dominant Mosborough pack

Halifax Vandals 6 Mosborough 37

Halifax Vandals worked hard to match Mosborough’s stronger pack during this Yorkshire Four clash only to come up short.

The first half brought plenty of promise for the home side. Solid tackling from Craig Sim and flankers Mark Kazmierski and Danny Mitchell, plus crucial turnovers by player-coach Ed Morane and scrum half Rob Tankard, kept the strong Mosborough attack away from the hosts try line.

Also strong carries from forwards Paul Jowett and Matt Day allowed fly half Matt Farrar and centre Daniel Murgatroyd to get some forward momentum and create phases of play which threatened Mosborough’s line.

The tight five worked hard to hold out Mosborough’s scrum, and Liam McDonald, new to hooking, made improvements to his throwing and the lineout worked well.

Only a breakaway try separated the two sides, and well taken penalty kicks for both teams saw Mosborough hold a 10-3 lead at the break.

Scott Carr and the Blue brothers came on and added size and strength to the pack, while Nathan Harris swapped for Sim in the centres and put in a fantastic defensive performance.

A well struck penalty from Jim Crowther brought the host back into the game at 10-6, but the Mosborough pack started to show their dominance. Changes in the front row turned the screw in the scrum, and the slight downhill slope added strength to their runs in midfield.

High tackling from Vandals allowed Mosborough to set maul after maul and make easy ground. A few knock on mistakes in the hosts 22 also gave Mosborough good scrummaging platforms, which they used to produce two tries.

Vandals now struggled in attack where strong counter-rucking from Mosborough made service difficult. Frustration and questionable decisions from the referee had a negative effect on the Vandals camp and the hosts became their own worst enemies while Mosborough worked hard to continue the pressure up front.

The visitors went over the line several times in the closing stages, giving them a bonus point win with a total of seven tries.

Paul Jowett was man of the match for Vandals following a solid shift at tight head.