Rovers clip Hawks wings
Sharlston Rovers A .. 18
Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks .. 6
Pennine Division 3
This was as good a game as you would have seen anywhere as Rovers dented high flying Sheffield’s promotion hopes with a stunning victory based on solid determined defence and enterprising exciting attacking rugby. Table toppers Hillsborough started strong hoping to avenge an earlier season cup defeat but Rovers defence stood firm in the opening exchanges, with S Reville and Timms leading the way well supported by C Hill and Palmer.
A rare mistake when forcing the play saw Rovers concede a scrum in their own quarter and Sheffield scored a converted try with a well worked move to take the lead. Rovers were not downhearted however and hit straight back going close through Hirst and Hampshire after some good approach work from Golec and P Hill.
Sheffield were struggling to contain the enthusiastic Rovers youngsters and the home side were making telling breaks at will. Whitehouse and Shaw went close to opening Rovers account following good breaks from Smith and Hatfield before Shaw made a good break and good support from Golec saw P Hill put Pajor over the line after 25 minutes. Rovers continued in the same way with excellent defence keeping out the much larger Sheffield side and quick play putting the visitors on the back foot.
Rovers scored next on 36 minutes when P Hill broke through to feed Hatfield who cleverly chipped over the defence for a terrific score out wide to give Rovers a lead they would not relinquish. Strong defence in the closing part of the 1st half saw Rovers going in at the break full of confidence
Sheffield again started well in the 2nd half knowing a score would open the game up but Rovers determination not to concede outweighed everything that the visitors tried. Big defence from Edwards both Revilles and Whitehouse gave Rovers the upper hand and Rovers extended the lead with a C Hill penalty after the livewire Shaw was impeded when close to the line. A long break from Grundy led to another penalty goal from Hill after a foul on Shaw saw the lead reach 6 points after 65 minutes and Rovers were well in control both on attack and defence.
Sheffield went close with some strong running from the forward line and a 60 metre break from the visitors was only stopped with Hatfield’s excellent last ditch stop. A 60 metre long break from Shaw and good support from Hatfield saw Gallagher racing towards the line and his silky side step to fox the visiting full back saw Rovers close the game out on 73 minutes with an excellent try well converted by C Hill. Sheffield showed they still were a force and went close twice in the closing minutes but the determination of the young Rovers side kept the visitors’ at bay.
Rovers were excellent value for their victory and there were some tremendous efforts throughout the afternoon from Whitehouse, Hatfield, Gallagher and Smith with Chris Shaw taking the Alarm and Security services sponsored man of the match award for another livewire performance.
Next game should be another tough encounter against another of the promotion contenders Selby Raiders at home.
Players meet at 1.00pm at the clubhouse for a 2-30pm kick off.