Rovers back on track with Physiowise cup defence
Westgate Wolves A .. 24
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 34
Rovers started their defence of the Wakefield and District Physiowise trophy in some style and in this hard fought encounter against local rivals Westgate A. Both sides were eager to impress and in the opening exchanges defences were on top with some big hits from both sides.
A good run by Cooper put pressure on the home line and a penalty was awarded with Chris Hill easing the visitors into the lead after 5 minutes. With strong defence from both sides chances were rare and it was 15 minutes before either line was breached with Gate claiming the 1st try out wide, with an excellent touchline conversion to boot.
Rovers hit back and a good kick return from Simpson saw them go close through Shaw and Chris Hill was stopped just short after an excellent 40 yard break. Rovers took the lead after 25 minutes when Goodfellow crashed over following a well worked planned move with C Hill tagging on the extras.
Further good work from Pajor and Golec saw Whitehouse crash over on the half hour mark with P. Hill notching the conversion points. Gate hit back with a well worked converted try after 35 minutes before Hopton smashed his way over following good approach work from Lawson and C Hill who added the conversion.
The 2nd half was even more intense than the 1st with Gate giving their all and reducing the deficit with a converted try on 55 minutes. Injuries meant a reshuffle for the visitors and some confusion showed in the up to then solid visiting line. An excellent self created try for the Westgate centre saw the home side take the lead on the hour mark and Rovers were looking slightly unsteady at this stage.
The visitors showed their determination to hang onto their trophy and lifted their game in the final quarter. First Kelly finished a fine move involving Gallagher and Wilson with C Hill adding the conversion from out wide to give Rovers the lead, and then Shaw showed a clean pair of heels to the covering defence to score in the corner with Hill again successful, this time from the touchline. Rovers wrapped up the scoring with a penalty from C Hill in the dying seconds to secure a hard fought but well earned victory.
Both sides can take much credit from this match with excellent defence and some good attacking skills on display.
Best for Rovers in a good team effort were Golec, Hill and Hopton, with Whitehouse taking the David Palmer Travel sponsored man of the match award.