With a break in league fixtures Rods travelled to Burley RUFC for a friendly fixture. Burley have been showing good form and sit 3rd in the opposing Yorkshire League 4 N/W , so this game would be a tough test for Rods and so it was to prove.
From the kick off Rods were soon on the attack, playing down the hill they were using the slope to gain advantage. Rods had all the early pressure and this was to result in the first try of the game. Jonny Carr continuing his recent try scoring form was the man to finish off great work by the backs. The try was unconverted. Burley 0 – 5 Rods.
Burley had taken their time to get going, but they soon began to dominate the rest of the half. Whilst Rods were showing Great Spirit in defence, Gareth Manuel & Cal Manuel were amongst many putting their bodies on the line, the pressure was proving too much and Burley were turning it into points. By the time the half time whistle blew Burley had wrestled their way into a 22-5 lead.
The second half was to become more about injuries than rugby. Rods lost Tom Tooley, Jonny Carr & Adie Carr. With the game being a friendly Burley showed the true sportsmanship that makes Rugby Union such a great sport, by lending Rods a few players so the game could continue.
The half was an even contest with none able to take advantage of their own attacking positions. Rods had gone close on a couple of occasions, Matt Savage just losing the ball as a try looked certain and Ben Schofield was held up over line. The game however was to end early as Rods suffered another injury ,this time to Richard Robinson,
final score - Burley 22 – 5 Rods
A tough day at the office for Rods, but there had been strong performances Nathan Booth, Ben Barnes, Adie Carr and Chris Walker the pick of Coach Gary Demaine.
The good news for Rods came later in the evening when it was confirmed 4th place had been achieved in Yorkshire League 4 S/E. This means Rods move into Yorkshire Division 4 Premier for the second half of the season ,giving the opportunity to meet Burley again in the near future.