Rovers A book physiowise final spot
Ryhill Hammers .. 0
Sharlston Rovers A .. 12
Wakefield ARL Physiowise Cup
Rovers booked their place in the final of the Wakefield and District Physiowise sponsored trophy with an extremely hard fought victory in a pulsating and tense encounter against local rivals Ryhill Hammers. The huge crowd was rewarded with a game that was a real credit to the Wakefield district and all the players deserve the utmost praise for their efforts.
Both sides showed signs of nerves and it was plain for all to see what a final spot meant to both sets of players. Defence was on top throughout the game which was played in an excellent spirit while still a blood and thunder cup tie.
Rovers had the first chance to score with a penalty attempt after 12 minutes but the kick just sailed wide of the upright. Smith went close as did Whitehouse for the Rovers as the visitors tried to open the scoring with some adventurous play. Ryhill showed their qualities working the way steadily up the field with some strong running and it needed good defence from Shaw and Heath to keep the line intact. Hill and Bailey looked to create openings for the Rovers but Hammers defence was on top form and the Rovers were guilty of forcing the play too often therefore it came as no surprise that despite the slope and wind advantage in Rovers favour the game was scoreless at the break.
The 2nd period saw Rovers up the tempo as they realised the need to turn the screw on the home side and also improve the completion rate if they were to have any chance of winning this game. Excellent defence kept the Hammers stuck in their own half for long periods of the match with Rovers well led by Golec, Greenbank and Pajor.
Strong runs from Cooper and Kelly put rovers in good field position and Shaw went close after some good work from Haigh and Gallagher, with Simpson also unlucky not to cross the line after a good break from Reville. Heaths elusive running from full back caused problems for the home side and was unlucky on more than one occasion not to score.
On 65 minutes after a titanic struggle Rovers finally managed to break the deadlock when Hill spotted an opening after some good work from the forwards and he darted over the line for a well deserved score, converted by Haigh. Ryhill upped their work rate and put some real pressure on the Rovers line trying to restore parity but the defence held firm with again some good work from Bailey Greenbank and Palmer repelling all attacks.
Bailey was unlucky with a drop goal attempt in with 5 minutes to go and good defence from Ryhill kept out Golec and Heath who both were stopped inches short of the line.
Rovers finally sealed the match when hardworking 2nd row Whitehouse crashed over in the final minute to score a well deserved try which Bailey duly converted to finish the scoring and the match.
Ryhill were beaten but not disgraced as both sides showed their mental strength and played with some real passion and commitment.
There were some good displays all around the park from the Rovers side with Golec, Greenbank Hill and Heath all catching the eye. The Motorcity Motorists Centre sponsored man of the match award went to Bailey who led the way on both attack and defence with a mountainous performance.
Next game away v Odsal Sedbergh in what should be another tough encounter, kick off 2-30 Sat 21-03-09.
Players meet at 12-15am at the clubhouse.