Rovers tough out Viking visit and reap the rewards
Sharlston Rovers ‘A’ .. 48
Hoyland Vikings .. 20
Pennine Division Three
Despite missing several key players and backing up from Thursday nights tough cup final victory Rovers were in outstanding form in this very much one sided league encounter against game but outgunned South Yorkshire based Hoyland Vikings, playing some real attractive rugby in a 9 try blitz in the glorious sunshine.
Rovers came out with all guns blazing with Shaw scoring in the opening set when he showed his pace to get over after good work from Cooper. Potter adding the extras. Rovers continued the excellent start and scored again from the restart with Shaw again showing his pace to beat the cover defence and crash over in the corner and put some real pressure on the visitors.
Rovers went close again through Reville before seeming to ease off their game and allowed the visitors to gain good field position and ultimately conceding a soft score when switching off around the ruck area.
Hoyland may be struggling for numbers and are rooted at the foot of the table but they are a side that cannot be accused of a lack of effort and they showed this as they levelled the scores on 18 minutes when again a lack of concentration allowed the visitors time and space close to the line leading to an unconverted try.
This spurred Rovers on and excellent work from Pajor Lawson and Whitehouse laid the platform for Richardson and Gallagher to take a firm grip on the game and torment the much larger visiting side with their elusive running and excellent kicking game.
It was only a matter of time before Rovers hit the front again and tries from Reville, Paul Cooper and James Heath in a 6 minute period effectively closed the game down as a contest, with Potter notching 2 from 3 conversions to give the home side a comfortable 26- 10 lead at the break.
The 2nd period continued where the 1st had left off and Collinson scored straight from the restart with Potter notching the extras. Good work from Miles and Whitehouse saw Kavanagh go close before Heath returned a kick from deep within his own quarter to beat several would be tacklers and weave across both sides of the park for an excellent 80 yard score, Potter again converting. Whitehouse was next over the line when a well executed move involving Gallagher and Richardson saw the young back rower crash over for a good score, Potter converting his 6th of the day.
Heath completed his hat trick score and the best of the afternoon when he collected the kick off and beat almost the entire visiting side, this time to score way out in the corner.
Rovers again eased off with the heat taking its toll to allow the visitors to show their character and commitment to notch 2 late converted tries.
Best for Rovers in an excellent team display in a game played in the best of spirit were Shaw Cooper and Whitehouse with Reville taking the Alarm and Security Services sponsored man of the match award.