Brods Senior Colts v Moortown Senior Colts
Cup Quarter Final
The quarter final of the cup came in only the fourth game of the season for the Brods who have now been on cup duty for the last three weeks.
The game kicked off and immediately the Brods found themselves having to defend deep in their own half. There was a period of ten minutes of sustained pressure from the Moortown forwards which saw the Brods defending their half with some aggressive tackling.
However, as the Brods began to settle their forwards began to make real progress, which saw George Hodkinson making the first of several high-quality line breaks during the game.
The resulting pressure from at breakdown leading to a penalty, from which the Brods took the ball one way and then the other playing through the phases. The Brods backs spotted their opportunity and clinically broke through the Moortown defence with CJ Russell scoring a great try, and taking two Moortown defenders over the line with him. Morris converted the try.
The try sparked Moortown back in attack mode and again the Brods defended with real vigour and determination. Moortown knocked the ball on in open playing. Jimmy Stega-Jones took his first scrum of the day against the head and the Brods Joe Potter cleared their lines with another intelligent piece of play. As the game began to ebb and flow Moortown under pressure in their own half dropped the ball it was scooped up by the Brods backs and Morris scored an excellent try, and then converted his own try.
Brods now began to control the game. From the try restart Stringer drove deep into the Moortwon half, the Brods were again close to scoring the Brods backs put the ball down the line only for Morris to find himself isolated Morris kicked for the corner, but his kick was charged down.
From the next piece of play the Brods were once again knocking on the door of Moortown’s line with Spooner after some excellent approach play was stopped just short of the line, the ball was turned over and Moortown cleared their lines.
The game was being played at a ferocious pace and Moortown were more than playing their part. Their tackling in defence was excellent and well organised. Brods continued to apply more and more pressure to the Moortown line, great work from birthday boy CJ Russell created a turn over opportunity which the Brods happily took and allowing Stringer to break the defensive line and score just before half time.
The half time score was 21-0 to the Brods, which did not reflect the endeavours of a good Moortown side who had tackled everything that had moved and attacked at every opportunity.
The second half began with the Brods playing up the hill. The ball was knocked on by Moortown as they began to attack. From the scrum Brods immediately attacked using their backs to great effect and almost scoring CJ Russell stopped just short, with some silky skills on show again Spooner was held up just short of the line. The ball was recycled and the Brods put the ball down the line with Josh Ellison scoring a good try in the corner.
Moortown now attacked at every opportunity with forwards combining with backs and playing some very attractive rugby. The Brods sustained some real pressure from Moortown who just could not get their first try of the game. Moortown kicked the ball deep in the Brods half which was picked up by Will Caldwell (The Pocket Rocket) and run back hard at the Moortown defensive line. From the resulting passage of play Brods had a 10-metre scrum which saw a pick up and drive from the base by Stringer, Hodkinson slipping Stapley a fabulous pass to put him in at the corner.
Both sets of forwards were starting to fade after their efforts, and both clubs coaches decided to ring the changes, and bring on some fresh legs. Souter was quickly into the game and making a real impact again from the bench. Joe Cowlam, Dom Howarth, and Tom Wildsmith all entering the fray and making a real impact from the bench.
Souter was then Yellow carded for an indiscretion which he won’t forget, but will learn from, and the Brods promptly began to lose shape and discipline. The last ten minutes saw Moortown throw everything they had at the Brods line, and with great credit they scored a well worked try close to the end of the game. Their standoff who had played very well all game, and kept them moving forwards with some good play scored a well worked try. All credit to Moortown they played some good rugby, and played to the very last minute of this game pushing the Brods all the way.
Good luck to Moortown for the rest of the season it was a pleasure to play you again, and another good game of rugby played in the spirit of the game.