Rovers A make statement of intent in local cup
Ryhill Hammers .. 8
Sharlston Rovers A .. 52
Wakefield ARL Talbot & Falcon Cup - Round 1
Rovers followed on from last week’s excellent victory with another emphatic performance in an 11 try demolition of local rivals Ryhill Hammers in the Talbot and Falcon sponsored Cup 1st round. This victory was built around solid defence and some superb flowing rugby with the game played in an excellent spirit throughout and well controlled by a very good official.
Previous encounters between these two sides have usually been tight affairs and the opening exchanges were tense with neither team wanting to concede an early score. Ryhill had the bulk of play and took the lead in the 9th minute when Chris Burnage worked his way over for the opening score. Rovers came back and started to take control of the match with the young sides pace proving too much for the much bigger home side to handle and over the next 15 minutes scored 4 tries to effectively end the tie as a contest.
1st to score was popular Czech international David Lahr who crashed over for his 2nd try for the club on 15 minutes, Hill tagging on the extras. Next over the line was the influential Gallagher who showed his speed to race through a gap and score, Hill again converting.
Lingard then showed his agility to squeeze through the narrowest of gaps to score in the corner and Hatfield was next on the score sheet with one of his trademark weaving runs leading to a score on 30 minutes, Gallagher converting.
Ryhill showed their character to reduce the arrears when the pace of wingman John Paul Lockwood surprised Rovers and he scored a deserved try on 35 minutes but Rovers stretched the lead just before the interval when Hatfield showed some excellent ball skills to allow Buben to score out wide and give Rovers a comfortable half time lead of 26 v 8.
The 2nd half started in the same fashion with Rovers dominant from the off and they continued to convert pressure into points with an early score for Shaw who latched onto a good ball from Hill. Rovers defence was back to its best and some excellent tackles from Hill, Timms and Woodward kept the visitors pinned in their own half, with some good support from Bond and Reville allowing the backs plenty of opportunities with the ball in hand.
Whitehouse was next over the line on 48 minutes for a fine team try set up by Hill and Medforth and good work from Stubbs created an opening for Reville who was stopped just short. Medforth showed superb footwork to break through and leave the cover defence standing for his score on 56 minutes and Buben worked hard to get his 2nd try when powering through the defence on 59 minutes as the onslaught continued for the home side.
Gallagher notched his 2nd of the day after some good work from Hirst and Timms opened up the defence on 63 minutes. Rovers wrapped up the scoring on 71 minutes when Edwards showed an excellent turn of pace to score a good try converted by Hill.
Rovers despite the one sided score line will know they can improve on this performance and they now look like a very determined and accomplished outfit.
In another very good team effort the best from the Rovers were Hatfield, Buben and Gallagher with Medforth taking the Boomerangs Bar sponsored man of the match award.
Next game sees Rovers at home to Bradford based opponents West Bowling A where the youngsters will be looking to continue the run of good form.
Players meet at 12-30pm at the clubhouse. Kick off 2-00 pm