Outside chance of promotion after second half demolition show
Undercliffe Wildboars .. 10
Sharlston Rovers A .. 40
Rovers took the field determined to make amends for last week’s disappointing defeat and put the hosts to the sword with a 7 try demolition in a very good all round team display.
Rovers started well and Hill made an excellent break in the opening minutes only to be denied by a desperate home tackle. After 7 minutes Rovers opened the scoring when a well worked scrum move saw winger Shaw race over for a good try and 5 minutes later Shaw almost notched his 2nd when an astute kick from Gallagher led to a foot race to the line but the try was ruled out for an alleged infringement.
Undercliffe showed their kicking game was just as good when an excellent move on the last tackle led to a good try for the home winger and saw the scores level again. Good defence from Simpson and Kelly stopped the home side short of the line and 2 minutes later Simpson turned defence into attack when combining well with Golec which led to Bailey going close.
A period of sloppy play from both sides coupled with some average ball control led to an end to end next 15 minutes before Hill forced his way through a narrow gap and raced 20 yards to the line for a good try converted by Bailey to restore the visitors lead. Gallagher had an excellent break and Lawson and Pajor both went close but there was to be no further scoring before half time although here was plenty of action.
The 2nd period saw Rovers really cut loose and some excellent enterprising play resulted in Whitehouse scoring from Smith’s good short pass Hill tagging on the extras. 3 minutes later Rovers scored again and in effect wrapped up the game when Palmer broke through and his offload saw Smith this time racing for the line from 20 yards out, Hill again successful with the conversion.
Excellent defence from Simpson and Haigh kept the home side well in check and good approach work from Gallagher and Cooper saw Kelly go close before Heath went on one of his elusive runs which eventually led to as score on the opposite flank and a number of defenders clutching at thin air, Hill again tagging on the extras.
Undercliffe pulled a converted score back when an excellent run from the home winger led to a deserved score but Rovers soon pulled away again when Heath notched his 2nd, this time after a superb 40 yard break from Whitehouse and a clever offload with Hill again improving the score. Golec almost scored when he burst through a non existent gap but unfortunately the home full back managed to prevent the score with a good tackle on the line dislodging the ball.
Whitehouse capped a fine personal display with a good solo try with 8 minutes remaining when he again broke through and raced clear from 30 yards out, Hill closing the scoring with his 5th conversion of the day.
In a very good team effort there were some stand out performers including Reville, Kelly, Whitehouse and Hill but the David Palmer Travel sponsored man of the match award went to Simpson who was virtually flawless in both attack and defence for the 2nd week running.
Next game is at Home v Liversedge in what should be a thrilling clash between the 2 evenly matched sides, kick off 2-30 Sat 11-04-09.