Rotherham were the latest visitors to Heslam Park a ground which is fast becoming fortress Heslam the side having not lost at home since well into last season.
Rotherham had provided a stiff test for Scunthorpe at their own ground and today was going to be no different. With plenty of numbers this saw the rhinos and crusaders reform.
Scunthorpe Rhinos vs Rotherham Titans.
Scunthorpe won the toss and from the off Chris Green caught the defence napping as he danced his way all the way to the try line for the first score within seconds of the kick off, Rotherham were not to be out done and although lots of tags were taken the fast and direct running of the young Rotherham players brought a good score to level.
Scunthorpe continued to trade tries and lots of good handling was on show from both sides, Jack Murr bundling his way across the line, before Harry Robinson showed good pace to score. Scunthorpe however, were in an unfamiliar position come half time having been turned over by the ferocious Rotherham defence and went into half time 4-3 down with Rotherham having the kick off.
Scunthorpe were in no mood to be beat and they set off after Rotherham, where as the physicality had initially put some of the Scunthorpe players off they were now relishing the thought of the contact and were pushing up for tags and were stopping the talented runners by standing up to them as shown by Charley Wilkinson and a fantastic tag/tackle being made by Lewis Talbot.
Scunthorpe scored first through sheer persistence and Harry Robinson dropping on the ball in the try area following the ball rebounding off a Rotherham player. Scunthorpe continued the defensive effort with Green taking lots of tags, Daniel Longden seized on a loose ball and sidestepped his way through the defence to score, Rotherham showed they weren't done and levelled the scores, before Jack Murr grabbed his second managing to hold onto the ball as he was forced to ground in the act of scoring this following a rampaging run down the wing by Josepg Bingham.
Alfie Taylor replaced Chris Green who picked up a niggle in his leg, and he made an immediate impact driving forward at the line and scoring, Daniel Longden grabbed the last score again picking up on a loose ball and outpacing the defence to the corner. final score 8-6.
Scunthorpe Crusaders vs Rotherham
Scunthorpe set off with a target to get more tags than the Rhinos and Alfie Taylor was well up to the task taking a mammoth 16 tags as was Harry Soulby taking the first tag of the game, Scunthorpe scored first following a good defensive display which turned Rotherham over from kick off. Alfie Oldridge showed good speed down the wing to score, Scunthorpe continued to seize loose balls and tag with good ferocity as they raced into a 4-0 lead, Jake Kreamer showed good strength going through several tackles, William Horner gratefully received a pass from Taylor to burn past the defenders, and Alfie Oldridge took the ball straight up and through the defence.
Rotherham hit back through some good strong running, this seemed to spur Scunthorpe on more and they scored two more through Alfie Taylor with a typical strong run managing to put the ball down prior to going over the dead ball line. Most of these tries could have been scored by several players with good support play shown from Emily Milner and Jack Gardner.
William Horner then scored a quick fire hat-trick following 2 more Rotherham tries, two of which were identical to each other as he ran across the defence and down the wing outpacing everyone on route, this sealing his player of the week award.
Tagger went to Chris Green for some hard work in defence in game one.
Rotherham were a good match up for Scunthorpe and a great game is anticipated when the two meet in full contact next year, Rotherham coaches adding that Scunthorpe had been their only loss this season so far.
Next week we are at home to Sheffield who are also a good physical side, and training on Thursday 6pm at Oglesby park gum shields a must.