Rovers book Physiowise cup final place
Ryhill Hammers 6
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 28
Wakefield ARL Physiowise Cup - Semi Final
Rovers booked their place in the final of the Wakefield and District Physiowise sponsored trophy with an emphatic victory over game local rivals Ryhill Hammers in a repeat of last year’s semi final .
After early exchanges and some good defence from both sides Rovers got away to a dream start when young 2nd row man Whitehouse crashed over from a well worked move and Hill converted giving the visitors a 6 point cushion after 5 minutes. Good approach work from Richardson and Kelly saw Hopton go close and Shaw was unlucky not to add to the score with a good break.
The conditions meant safety first play was the order of the day and Rovers carried out a near perfect completion rate in the 1st period to give them the platform they required. Hammers went close after good work from Lockwood and the Rovers defence had to be on top form to prevent the home side’s strong running forwards. Palmer and Pajor were assisted nobly by Smith and Bailey in this department and the young backline well marshalled by Hill and Gallagher were starting to make good inroads into the home territory and both half backs kicking games were of the highest order.
On the half hour mark after weathering some pressure Heath capped a fine run with a trademark score beating several defenders on his way to the line, Hill again converting. With the interval break looming Whitehouse notched his 2nd score after a well worked set play to give Rovers a commanding 16 point lead at half time
The 2nd half was even more intense than the 1st with Ryhill trying to use the slope to their advantage and the large home pack trying to steam roll the younger mobile Rovers set but to no avail. Excellent work from Bailey saw Barlow and Kavanagh combine well to put Kelly through for a good run and big defence from Hick and Hopton kept hammers on the back foot. Rovers extended their lead when Hick crashed over from Smith’s clever work with Bailey notching the touchline conversion with ease.
Hammers gave their all for a last hurrah in the closing quarter and were rewarded when a period of sustained pressure led to a converted score on 65 minutes to raise faint hopes of a comeback.
Rovers upped their intensity and work rate to ensure the home side had no further success and good work from Gallagher saw Shaw almost score when chasing a long upfield kick. Rovers had the last word when scrum half Hill darted over from a quick play the ball with his conversion ending the days scoring.
Rovers were good value for this victory and have shown in recent weeks they are an honest side with real character and a desire to work together as a team.
Both sides can take much credit from this game with excellent defence and some good attacking skills on display in a hard fought match played in good spirit throughout.
Best for Rovers in a very good team effort were Gallagher, Bailey and Kelly with Whitehouse taking the David Palmer Travel sponsored man of the match award.
Next game is at home v Bradford based side Odsal Sedbergh Saturday12-12-09
kick off 2-00. Players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse.