Table toppers Rovers 'A' continue impressive form
Hoyland Vikings .. 14
Sharlston Rovers A .. 40
Rovers continued their excellent start to the season with and emphatic victory against a big robust South Yorkshire outfit.
The hosts started well and caught Rovers napping with a try after 5 minutes following lost possession by the visitors. Good work from Shaw and Cooper got Rovers back into the game with Smith and Bailey using their experience to pin the hosts back in their own half. A clever scrum move after 15 minutes saw Hill put Shaw in the clear and the youngster raced over in the corner, Hill tagging on the extras.
Hoyland hit back and it needed strong defence from Palmer and Pajor to keep the line intact. Hill extended the lead on 26 minutes with a well-struck penalty goal but Hoyland were still looking dangerous with ball in hand.
Whitehouse made some telling breaks well supported by Golec and Goodfellow but Rovers just couldn’t manage to find their way over the line. The home side then put together 4 consecutive sets near to the Rovers line and although big defence kept them out it was only a matter of time before there was a breakthrough and right on the break Hoyland crashed over for a converted score to give them a shock lead at the break.
Rovers were stunned into action and straight from the restart Barlow latched onto Whitehouse’s neat offload to race 20 yards to the line to score a deserved try, Hill tagging the extras. Try scoring wonder Kavanagh then opened his account from Kelly’s quick pass to score in the corner on 47 minutes and Rovers were back in control of this match. Heath then scored a long range effort from another well rehearsed scrum move just inside the Rovers half on 56 minutes, Hill converting. Hoyland rallied briefly and were rewarded with an unconverted try on the hour mark following a mistake by the Rovers but any hopes of a comeback were dismissed almost immediately when Kavanagh raced fully 80 yards to leave everyone in his wake and notch his 2nd of the day.
Whitehouse made another terrific break and was stopped just short of the line with Sharp also going close after some good work from Lawson and Cooper. Shaw scored his 2nd with another long range effort showing his heels to a host of would be tacklers on the way to the line, Hill converting and the game was all but over at this stage.
Kavanagh wrapped up the days scoring and completed his hat-trick when picking up a loose ball on his own 10 yard line and breaking through for another long range score, Hill tagging on the final conversion.
Best for Rovers in a very good team display were Whitehouse, Shaw, Hill and Golec with Kavanagh taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.
Next Game Away v Wortley Dragons, where Rovers will be looking to continue this excellent start to the season in what should be one of the games of the season.
Players meet at 12-00 at the clubhouse.