In a game played in perfect conditions, Brighouse were the first to score after an initial handling error by the Chargers on the half way line which was compounded by a couple of penalties close to their line. The subsequent conversion was successful and the Rangers led 6 – 0.
This lead wasn’t to last long, as some good work through the middle by the forwards followed by quick handling saw Matt Bullars cross the line in the corner for the first of his two tries of the day. The try was successfully converted from the touchline by Harry Chapman to level the scores at 6 – 6.
More handling errors in the middle of the field saw the Chargers squander a number of chances to apply pressure before a perfectly positioned kick to the wing saw Joe Holland collect the ball, coming inside to beat three defenders to improve the angle. The subsequent conversion was missed which kept the score at 6 – 10.
The final score of the half saw Callum Hallows breaking through from 15m out after some fantastic play by the forwards to drive the opposition back deep into their own half. The try was successfully converted by Harry Chapman to bring the half time score to 6 – 16.
The second half continued in the same way, with fabulous combinations and half back, moving the mobile pack around the centre of the field who were then consistently winning the initial contact and subsequently taking three or four defenders out of the game. The speed and power of the centres and wingers provided both excellent sliding defence and potent attacking play and before long Matt Bullars crossed the line for his second try of the match after another devastating break from Ben Doxey. The conversion was unsuccessful and the score was now 6 – 20 to the Chargers.
The next try was scored in typical fashion by Aaron Wycherley, collecting the ball within his own half and using power and speed to break through the defensive line and leave players in his wake; breaking straight down the middle and scoring under the posts provided the perfect opportunity for Harry Chapman to convert the try and the score was now 6 -26 to the Chargers.
Harry Chapman himself scored the last try of the game, throwing the dummy and breaking through the defensive line supported by Ben Doxey to provide a 2 onto 1 situation for the Brighouse full back. With the defender drawn towards Doxey, Chapman evaded the defender and crossed under the posts. The subsequent conversion attempt by Munashe Fumhanda was ruled as unsuccessful by the referee and the score remained 6 – 30 to the Chargers.
Another fantastic team performance again coupled with individual skill saw the team comfortably progress to Round One next weekend against Wibsey. Committed defence notably from Luke Walters, Corey Cox, Ryan Banner, Munashe Fumhanda and Matley Brain allowed the team to settle initial nerves and to hold back a number of waves of attack. Good interplay between forwards and backs saw a consistent number of holes open within the defence and with the speed and agility of the centres/wingers the Chargers were again reaching the peaks of last season’s form with Jake Beech and Junior Wheeler making multiple breaks through the middle and committing defenders to provide chances out wide.
Ben Doxey received the Coaches Choice of Man of the Match award for resolute defending and barn storming runs which opened up the defence. Winner of the Player Of The Week award was Sam Bennett who built on his performance from the last match and proved dogged in defence.
Excellent leadership skills were again demonstrated by team captain Macauley Watkinson, who was supportive to players making early mistakes and who was on hand to help out in attack and defence in equal measure to vary the Chargers attacking options.
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