JB barmy army through to Physiowise Semis
Eastmoor Dragons A .. 12
Sharlston Rovers A .. 42
Wakefield ARL Physiowise Cup
Rovers returned from their trip to near neighbours Eastmoor A with a comprehensive victory under their belt. Both these sides fielded a mixture of youth and experience with the result being a game played at a very high tempo throughout with some quality rugby thrown in as a good measure.
Both sides started well with the opening exchanges fairly even, Rovers going close through Shaw after good approach work from Heath.
Moor drew 1st blood with a converted try after 12 minutes following poor ball control by the Rovers. A well worked set piece saw Heath break and race to the line, desperate cover defence from Moor stopped him short but there was no stopping strong running wingman Weight who crashed over on the next play to reduce the arrears.
The middle period of the 1st half saw a stalemate as both sides cancelled each other out with some real good defence, Rovers well led by Palmer and Goodfellow with Hayward and Meadows doing the same for the Moor. Rovers hit the front on the half hour when Shaw finished a neat passing movement with a score in the corner, Haigh adding the extras from the touchline.
Just as half time approached Rovers extended the lead when Hill showed good footwork to score under the posts, Haigh again converting.
Rovers started the 2nd half the stronger and went close through Smith before Barlow made a good break and his clever offload saw Kelly burst through the defence for a good try, Haigh again successful with the extras. Good defence from the likes of Lawson and Golec kept the home side in check and the game was effectively sown up when Kelly broke through from deep within his own half and showed a tremendous turn of pace coupled with some good interplay with Shaw to score probably the best try of the day, Haigh converting.
Eastmoor showed their resilience and reduced the deficit with a converted try on the hour mark but this was to be Rovers day and Cooper joined the try scoring with a good score from Smith’s clever play4 minutes later. More good work from the half backs saw Shaw notch his second 10 minutes from time with Haigh converting again before Kavanagh put his name on the score sheet with a trademark try using his blistering pace to beat everyone to Smith’s clever kick through and wrap up the days scoring in the closing minute.
Best for Rovers in a very good team display were Kelly, Shaw and Smith with Haigh taking the Alarm and Security services sponsored man of the match award.
Next Game Home v Whitehall Warriors in the league, where Rovers will be looking to continue this excellent display.
Players meet at 12-30 at the clubhouse.