Saturday 13th April
Stanley Rodillians 5 Ossett 2nds 24
Early play saw Rods attacking but good defence from the visitors kept their line intact.
Indeed it was Ossett who scored first with a well worked try, too wide out for a successful conversion, 0-5.
Ossett continued to dominate possession with their well drilled pack providing plenty of ball. However, it was a long kick out of defence from Tom Tooley that created a scoring opportunity for Rods. It looked as though the kick would go dead but just pulled up short, the confident Ossett defender tried to run the ball back but a great kick chase trapped him in the 22. To the delight of the home crowd the ball was ripped out and Rhys Allatt crossed for the try. Adam Scrafton was unlucky to see his conversion attempt bounce back off the post, 5 -5.
Unfortunately, some of the poor tackling displayed in previous Rods’ matches was once more in evidence and Ossett were able to score a converted try taking the half time score to 5 -12.
The second half saw Ossett once again the stronger side but some good work from the forwards, with the likes of Ray Scrafton to the fore, held them at bay. A yellow card for each side proved that the game was becoming a little more than a “friendly”.
Rods best scoring chance of the second half was created by Nathan Booth’s interception and his pass to Tom Tooley was well timed but the scrum half was pulled down short by a determined last ditch tackle from the Ossett winger.
Ossett continued to create chances and a try was scored following a ruck and drive, the conversion this time was successful, 5 – 17.
Rods seemed to tire in the latter stages and Ossett’s strong running winger crossed for the final score of the game to end the match 5 -24.
Rods once again took the opportunity to play several new recruits against a strong Ossett team, all played well and will enhance the playing squad for next season.

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