A Good Effort
Morley battle hard against top opposition
Morley's scheduled opponents cancelled which meant, not for the first time time this season, a hastily arranged game against strong opponents. Old Brods, Yorkshire Cup finalists for 3 successive seasons, are a tough test for any side and today was no exception.
There's an old adage in Rugby that the forwards decide who wins a game and the backs decide by how many. However, that wasn't the case today as the Morley forwards could rightfully claim to have had the edge on their opponents in the traditional aspects of forward play. Unfortunately, Brod's with ball in hand were a level above anything Morley had faced this season.
Morley started the game brightly and retained possession for several minutes. However, as soon as Brods got their hands on the ball, it was very apparent where their strengths lay. The current Yorkshire fly half guided his very mobile team around the park well and Morley's defence was coming under constant pressure. Inevitably in a stretched defence, tackles began to be missed and Brods took full advantage. In particular, the Brod's winger (the son of a former British Lion and World Cup Winner - who is definitely a chip off the old block) was a constant threat with his combination of pace, power & footwork.
A half time score of 24-3 could easily have caused Morley to give in but, to their credit, the lads realised that they had to front up and deny Brods the ball. They adopted a very simple pick n go game plan and slowly but surely worked their way back into the game - taking advantage of Brod's growing frustration at not being able to get their hands on the ball. Morley twice crashed over from close range and Brods scored a single break away try in what was a tough 2nd half.
Morley can take heart from a competitive performance against probably the best team in the county. The attitude, effort and commitment that the entire team showed in the 2nd half now needs to be the standard that is replicated in every game from now on.