Final awaits after 10 try mauling
Sharlston Rovers .. 52 (26)
Crigglestone All Blacks .. 0
Wakefield ARL Brian McDermott City Plasterers Cup Semi Final
A hat-trick from new boy Brian Sutton eased Rovers into the final of the Wakefield ARL Brian McDermott City Plasterers Cup in a one way traffic fixture versus local Pennine Premier rivals Crigglestone All Blacks.
The All Blacks who are blooding very youthful outfit this season lacked the experience of several players and the writing was on the wall within the opening ten minutes when Brian Sutton and Chris Bingham cut through the defence easily to open up the floodgates, Malyan converting one the efforts.
Crigglestone replied with some good yards from Dyson and Saynor and pressed on the Rovers line but were dealt a low blow when the dab through was collected by Carl Saville who raced the length of the field.
Already 14 points down in as many minutes the All Blacks switched to a damage limitation exercise and to their credit managed to keep a red hot Rovers out until the half hour mark when sharp Saville punished tired markers to race under the posts, Malyan adding the easy extras.
Four minutes from time Rovers increased their buffer with another Malyan converted score when Andy Booth bulldozed his way over under the posts to take an comfortable 26-nil lead into the break.
A merciless Rovers struck from the off as Sutton improved his first half try adding a quick fire hat-trick showing some real strength and speed. Chris Bingham who is enjoying a superb run of form this season broke several tackles to score an outstanding try to complete his brace and Malyan duly converted to double the half time lead.
Not to be outdone last years top try scorer Gareth Davies got in on the action with the final 2 tries in 5 minutes, the first a virtuoso break from a nothing pass and the final an interception from within his own 20 meters. Malyan converted both to bring a premature close to the semi final stage.
Best for Rovers in an impressive but improvable display were Bingham, Brook, Saville with hat trick hero Brian Sutton taking the Sharlston Fisheries Man of the Match.
Probably the toughest fixture of the season now looms this coming weekend with an away visit to arch rivals Drighlington in league action. The Leeds outfit will be hoping to deliver some sort of payback for Rovers taking the league at their aptly named ‘Battlefields’ in the last game of the season, kick off is 2.30pm.