Rods kicked off this friendly fixture against West Leeds 2nds, playing down the Hill at Manley Park. The excessive injury toll from the last few weeks meant the team was much changed and Rods welcomed into the team two debutants, Mike Greensmith and Chris Wardman, both playing in Rugby Union match for the first time.

The first 30 minutes of the game were evenly matched .Both sides had their moments for Rods it was Tom Tooley and Ben Schofield both playing well and making breaks ,but neither able to score. Eventually the deadlock was broken by a strong move by West Leeds .They gradually moved up the field and built the pressure and scored a converted try. Rods 0 – 7 West Leeds.

The remainder of the first half was very even with Tom Edwards battling hard for Rods but neither side could breach the strong defences on show. Half time arrived.
Rods 0 – 7 West Leeds.

The second half kicked off and the even tussle continued. Liam Crawley was breaking tackles as Rods attacked but was unable to make a decisive effort. The half was 8 minutes old when West Leeds took an opportunity as Rods lost the ball, West Leeds gathered and scored. The extra points were missed .Rods 0 – 12 West Leeds.

The next action was not of the playing variety as the always industrious Paul Illingworth found himself on the wrong end of some punching from the West Leeds flanker, Matt Savage found himself with a yellow card as he stepped in to assist his team mate and the game had come to life.

As the game moved into the latter stages Rods were down to 14 players after injuries had stretched the resources. West Leeds took advantage of this, as they made the overlap and scored in the corner, this went unconverted. Rods 0 – 17 West Leeds.

Rods weren’t giving up and the pack powered their way forward from the restart. With field position strong the backs let loose and Adam Schofield rounded his opposite number to score a great team try.

Final Score: Rods 5 – 17 West Leeds

Overall this was an excellent team performance from Rods and Coach Gary Demaine said all the lads should be proud of the effort that was put in. A special mention goes to Mike Greensmith and Chris Wardman for strong performances on their first games for the club.

Next week see’s Rods return to league action as Wibsey RUFC will be welcomed to Manley Park.

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