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Stanley Rodillians played host to Sheffield Oaks this week in what was the first game of the Rodillians 2015 campaign.
In the interests of player development, and due to the rather hot day both sides agreed to 4 x 20 min quarters. Rods began with a minor slip up in defence allowing Oaks to open up the score sheet with a try. Conversion missed. (0-5). Rodillians then regrouped and replied in fine fashion. With what could only be described as divine intervention from the man above, Tom Tooley made a break through the Oaks defence and made some serious distance up the pitch to gift wrap Nathan Spencer a try. Perhaps with a tail wind it could have been Tooley's day. Cranmer converted. (7-5). This gift from above stayed with Tooley for some time however, allowing him to put himself on the try sheet, with a conversion again by Cranmer (14-5). While attack was good from both sides, defence was poor with the score line going almost back and forth try after try from some time. This continued up till a very composed Rodillian side decided to capitalise on a poor Oaks defence and turned the screw going from (21-24) to 28-24 and 35-24 with tries from D Flavell (x2) and Spencer again.
Notable aspects of the game were the kicking from both A Scrafton and S Cranmer; both being on fine form. The move for the captain N Booth to the back row and M Hullock put in an excellent work rate at front row. Adie Carr joined the team starting at 10 this week; his composure under pressure set up most of what the backs were able to achieve. However despite being told clearly pre-game not to break himself again, he did so. Unfortunately he came off injured late in the game. Here's to hoping he will be back next week.
This was an excellent platform to begin this year and what counts now is where the players see themselves at the end of the year. Training on both days of the week will be crucial to this success continuing.
After a let down pre-game a big thank you goes out to Adam Schofield who refereed the game and did an excellent job.
Scorers (Rodillians) Flavell (2T), Spencer (2T), Tooley (T), S Cranmer (3C) , A Scrafton (2C).
Rodillians take full points in first league game bout.
Stanley finished the first league game of the 2015/16 season as they would have liked to taking all available points but it took until the second half to show their true class of rugby.
The game started comfortably for Rods with Scrafton converting a penalty to settle the first game nerves.
Stanley was unable to make further impact as Wibsey withstood the Stanley attack for some time with the Rods unable to turn hard work into points. Then a mistake from Stanley and some quick reactions and good support play from Wibsey saw the winger cross the whitewash for the first try of the game. Wibsey was unable to convert for the extra 2 points. The last 20 minutes of the first half consisted of regular exchanges of possession as both teams were unable to retain the ball. Finally Stanley was awarded a penalty in front of the sticks before the end of the half and Scrafton took the spoils.
Half time Stanley 6 - 5 Wibsey
The second half saw the Stanley's forwards asserting their dominance on the visitors at set pieces and in open play. The hard work from the forwards set the platform to release Schofield on the wing for a walk-in try and gave Rods their first of the day. A Scrafton was unable to find goal from the touchline (11-5).
The Rodillians knew there was a lot more work to be done and worked through the phases. Advancing into opposition territory and forcing Wibsey to make a mistake in the form of a high tackle on Booth as he hammered the opposition try line resulting in a penalty try. A Scrafton added the extras (18-5).
Wibsey at this point were struggling to respond to the Rods attack due to a well orchestrated defence from R Scrafton (snr.) and Hemingway.
Stanley again worked their way up field and gave the chance for Illingworth to show his strength by crashing over at short range. A Scrafton collecting the extras (25-5).
Five minutes from time saw Stanleys 'try of the day' with the Rods pack again in the limelight. The ball was collected deep in Stanley territory, Hemingway making good yards which was followed by piercing charges from Shires, Edwards, Smeaton and Cullen. Bates hit the line hard and broke free up the middle allowing him to release Adie Carr who had to work hard to finish. He carried two over the line for Stanley's fourth and final (bonus point) of the day. Scrafton taking his 5th conversion of the game.
Final score Stanley 32 - 5 Wibsey
Man of the match - Joe Hemingway
Freshly relegated Knaresborough played host to the travelling Stanley Rodillians. It was far from the perfect start for the visitors, possibly still high on the previous week’s victory. Knaresborough started the game in possession and were well drilled in attack. The Rods defence held out well but it was the poor discipline of the defensive line that saw repeated penalties. A napping defence gave the chance for Knaresborough to react quickly and break up the middle to allow for the easy pass to the support for a try under the sticks. The extras taken (7-0).
At the restart the Rods failed to learn from the previous ten minute's events and gave further penalties. Offside and rucking offences inevitably resulted in the referee showing a yellow card to Watts and retiring him for 10 minutes. Knaresborough, sensing the weakened Stanley side pressed hard and allowing them to get away a long kick and the attacking chase getting the luck of the bounce gave Knaresborough their second under the sticks. The conversion points were collected (14-0).
The first quarter was setting the game up to be a long day for Rodillians and a comfortable win for the hosts. The visitors had to dig deep and come up with something quick and that is just what they did. The next 10 saw Stanley slowly drag themselves back in to the game. The infamous Rodillians scrum set the platform for the first try for Rodillians. The ball was collected safely by Edwards who orchestrated the drive from the Stanley pack. Marching Knaresborough back 15 meters and quick hands from Tooley and Spencer released Schofield to bust through the remaining defender to score out wide. Scrafton was unable to find goal (14-5).
Close to the half the Rodillians needed to find points to lift the morale and that came in the form of a Spencer trade mark line bust off of a well-timed Tooley pass. If that wasn’t enough Spencer proceeded to beat two more defenders in the in goal area to place the ball down between the stick allowing Scrafton a comfortably conversion (14-12).
The changes at the half showed Stanley's strength in depth as the visitors turned the screw further. Rodillians pressed hard on the back of Knaresborough penalties working their way up field. Rods forwards were getting good field position allowing the backs to once again issue the final blow with Flavell showing his pace to sprint down the wing and ground the ball for the next five points. Scrafton taking the spoils from a difficult kick (14-19).
Knaresborough were not lying down collected the ball from a Stanley error at the restart and Hemmingway gave away a soft penalty and was shown a yellow card for discipline against the official. This allowed Knaresborough to restart comfortably in Rodillians territory. The ball collected well from the hosts lineout and the maul commenced driving back the Rodillians defence. The desperate defence managed to slow the maul but the organised attack and a broken defensive line allowed Knaresborough to drive over and tie the score. The extra two putting the hosts back in front (21-19).
Stanley regrouped and were not deterred from being behind again but more determined to take control of the game once more. Slow and controlled attack from the Rods frustrated the hosts and forced them in to repeated infringements and as in the first half for Stanley saw a player leave the field for 10 minutes from Knaresborough. The Rods sought to take advantage of the level playing field and once again progressed up field with a solid and effective pick and drive technique. This offered the opportunity for Illingworth to show the common sight of his combined strength and power at short range. Scrafton took the extras (21-26).
The Rods now back in front relaxed and began to play their game of rugby, sticking to their strengths. Hard work from the Stanley forwards once again gave chance for the clinical backs to finish with thanks to Captain Booth busting through the Knaresborough line and fend off the trailing defenders to score just outside the sticks. Scrafton taking the conversion (21-33).
The next 10 saw both teams attacking and defending hard in a stalemate but both teams were unable to break the deadlock. As the final whistle approached the Rodillians line out was to be the final play but the Rods weren’t quite finished yet. The ball thrown high from Hullock and collected from Rogers who threw the ball down to make for a comfortable take for Watts. The ball sent to Tooley and after a quick left foot step sent the ball behind the back of Spencers dummy run to captain Booth who’s hard line stood the up the defence giving Flavell half a yard who steamed on to Booths pass and Flavell once again showed his pace down the touch and crashed over in the corner. Scrafton was unable to find goal from the touch and the final whistle went.
Full Time Knaresborough 21- 38 Stanley Rodillians
Man of the Match – Nathan Spencer
Rodillians show true courage to keep up unbeaten season.
Having had a week off prior to this week’s game, it would be expected that the Rodillian side would be in top form. However with the loss of many of the squad players including captain Booth to the RWC game at Elland Road, Rods found themselves struggling for numbers. First quarter of the game saw aggressive attack from the visitor’s Rossington Hornets with the hard pressed Rodillian side defending tirelessly. This could not be sustained and first blood went to the visitors with a converted try (0-7). Rodillians struggled to show any composure and play their game, a chance came with a penalty inside the Hornets 22 yard line. Tooley took a quick tap (which he knocked on) however play continued and Nathan Spencer crossed the line to get Rodillian back on track. Fortunately there was no TMO available for this match (7-7). Hornets replied quickly with another try shortly after 7-14 and then again with a penalty 7-17. Spencer broke the line just before half time to give Rods a chance and made it 14-17. The game was not looking good for Rodillians with the side tiring and being starved of good ball in the scrum.
The restart saw Ryan Cullen steal the kick off and attack aggressively deep into the Hornets own half before being chopped down. The game seemed to turn then with the belief that this game was far from over. Hard hits was the notion of this half seeing the Rodillian back row stopping everything that moved with some impressive turn overs from Karl Bates. If it wasn’t Rods day in the scrum, it was going to be everywhere else on the park. The next try came from several phases of play before shipping it out the backs and Nathan Spencer to score next to the sticks (21-17). Hornets were not beaten yet and as ever with this side they replied shortly after with another try set up by an perfectly executed maul, followed by a penalty (21-25). A line out in Hornets 22 saw a quick play and a well timed drop off to Adam Scrafton to score a 4th try for Rodillians. 28-25 with 10 minutes left Rods knew that this game could still be lost and they were clinging desperately to their lead. With 8 minutes to go rods lost their scrum half due to a head injury and suspected concussion. With an empty bench and no one that could even pretend to be able to play scrum half Rods looked very worried. Although the work rate that had been displayed by both flankers Cullen and Bates the game was not over. Acting 9, Cullen passed the ball to Bates from a ruck, to then loop round and receive a perfect reverse flick off load from Bates that saw Cullen power over the line for a deserved and final try of the game 35-25. Scrafton’s kicking was impressive hitting 5 out of 5 for the conversions.
Rods worked really hard today to pull out a win against the odds but it is a worry that they take so long to get out of the blocks from the first whistle. It is something that can be addressed on the training field.
Man of the match – Ryan Cullen
Stanley welcomed neighbouring Sandal with a mixture of the 2nd and 3rd team in local friendly at Manley Park.
The hosts chose to kick to the visitors and Sandal recycled the ball well in a string of phases and gained territory by kicking the ball in to touch close to the Stanley try line. The Rodillians line went to ground and Edwards cleaned up and released the ball to Tooley. He passed to Scrafton who dummied the kick and stepped the shooting defender, creating the overlap and releasing the centre Crawley who made space for debutant Senkiw. He showed great pace and vision to break free of the defensive line and come inside of the full back to score between the uprights. Scrafton Converted (7-0).
The tries came in fast after that, the second came from the centre and wing combining again with Senkiw giving a comfortable ball to Crawley with a 2 on 1 with the Sandal full back. Scrafton added the extras (14-0) The third came from a great individual effort from Crawley, ripping the ball from the visitors 10 and sprinting from the Stanley twenty to score his second under the sticks. Scrafton again converted (21-0). The fourth came from Tooley, providing great support play after some hard running from the Rodillians pack, Scrafton taking the spoils (28-0).
Sandal, close to the end of the half, recycled the ball well and took advantage of a complacent Rodillians defence to crash over the line for their first score of the game but were unable to make the conversion (28-5).
Rodillians replied quickly and Senkiw sprung free once more and was chased down in to the corner but crossed the whitewash for his brace. Scrafton unable to add the extras (33-5) at half time.
Rodillians came out from the break continuing their great form and hard work from the Rods pack. They set the platform for a precise backs move with Scrafton bursting on to an inside ball and finding himself in open space to charge for the line. Scrafton taking the spoils from his own try (40-5).
Sandal showed great spirit to dig deep as they charged towards the Stanley line and great support play from the visitors pack saw them crash over for the Sandal second (40-10).
Stanley regrouped and were soon back to top form and as the backs broke free. Williams freed Tooley on the inside for him to collect his second of the day. Scrafton unable to make the sticks (45-10).
Rodillians applied further pressure and both Crawley and Senkiw were rewarded with a hat trick each, Scrafton adding the additional two on both occasions.
Final Score (59-10) Man of the Match went to both hat-trick scorers Liam Crawley and James Senkiw.
Rodillians Take League Top Spot in Ten Try Spectacular
Stanley Rodillians take their well-deserved place at the top of Yorkshire 5 after ceasing control of the game with visiting Thirsk and keeping the foot on the gas. The points came early from the clinical Rodillians backs with perfecting handling gave tries from Crawley, Schofield and Spencer. Scrafton collecting the spoils on all occasions. The Stanley forwards well marshalled by Smeaton and Shires worked hard to set the platform to release Schofield in the corner for a further two tries, making it his hat-trick. Scrafton converting on just one occasion. The Rodillians defence showed to be as precise as their attack with great tackles from Shires, Booth, Edwards and Scrafton (Snr) to close out the half 33 points to nil. After the break Thirsk pushed hard with the travelling pack recycling well, forcing consecutive penalties and from close range saw the forwards drive over for their first of the day and the conversion was good. Shortly after a handling error from the Rodillians gave the opportunity for Thirsk to collect the ball and sprint in to the corner for their second. The Thirsk Kicker unable to collect the extras. Stanley keen to tame the building confidence of the travellers looked to their number 10 Tooley who kicked through for the in-form winger Scofield who picked up and grounded the ball for his fourth. Scrafton not making the conversion.
Another great try came soon after from a great individual effort from Crawley who stole the ball deep in Rods territory and sprinted 80m for his second of the day. Scrafton taking the extras. A daring leap by Edwards to collect the ball at the restart set the platform for hard drives from the Rods pack and some quick recycling allowed the ball to go wide and with some rapid hands Spencer bust through the defensive line to collect his second of the game. Scrafton unable to convert. Once again in midfield the smart thinking and quick hands of the Rods backs gave space out wide for Schofield to charge hard to the whitewash for his fifth try of the game. Scrafton converting. The last try of the day came from the Rods forwards and backs linking perfectly. The ball thrown high and long to the back of the line-out, Thompson thrust high to collect the ball and dropped it down to Bates who had looped round from the front of the line and charged forward. The ball went through Booth, Watts and Spencer and finally to Tooley who stepped through two to score just wide of the sticks. Scrafton taking the extras.
Final Score 64-12
Man of The Match goes to Adam Schofield for an outstanding 5 tries
Brick wall defence sees Rodillians to yet another win
Rodillians travelled to Knaresborough this week in a friendly game against last year’s Yorkshire 4 team Knaresborough. First blood was given to a lucky Rodillian side with a kick charge down by captain Booth on the home side’s 10 yard line. The charge down was quickly touched down by Booth giving Rods the early advantage. However the tables turned for the rest of the first half with Rodillian being starved of most of the possession and being held into their own 22 for most of the remaining half. Knaresborough attack was relentless, again and again they attempted to cross the Rodillians try line only to be stopped short several times be fierce defence from Rods. Almost the only other time Rods had possession in the first half was due to a penalty that was kicked deep into Knaresborough half for a line out. Stand in hooker Cullen seeing the chance for a quick try through in the ball over the top of the line out straight to the back which was passed swiftly on as Booth again looped round and received the ball with some space and crossed the line for a 2nd time.
The next half was a far different affair however with Rods making a full list of substitutions, Rods dominated the next half destroying the Knaresborough scrum at every opportunity. Leading to two try’s for number 8 Mick Starky. Both coming from a scrum on the Knaresborough 5 yard line. Wing Flavell also got on the score sheet with a well worked try from the Rodillian back line.
Final score 34 - 12
Stanley Bag an unbelievable Ten tries for the Second Time This Season at Manley Park
Stanley Rodillians played host to Garforth and in form Rodillians once again showed their dominance. The conditions were difficult but the tries came quick for Stanley with slow and controlled ball from the forwards setting the platform and the clinical Rods backs were up to their usual destructive selves. Crawley, Tooley, Booth and Schofield all crossed the whitewash in the first quarter. The conditions making it too difficult for Tooley to convert.
The visitors were soon fighting back and with some smart kicking they retained the ball from the kick off. Attacking around the ruck area was strong but some outstanding defence well marshalled by Hemingway and Rogers kept the visitors at away from the Stanley Line and with the strength of the Rods scrum allowed easy ball for the backs and Schofield crashed over for his second, Tooley collecting the extras.
With some great work from Stawecki at the restart with some solid collects the Rods were soon on the front foot again. Stanley saw themselves marching up field with some hard runs from Thompson, Bates, Scrafton Snr and finally Illingworth who crashed over under the sticks, Tooley adding the two.
The Rodillians had not finished in this half and faultless set pieces from the forwards in the form of lineouts and scrums once again gave the backs their opportunity do impress once again and with some great lines from Flavell, Crawley and Spencer resulting in try for Tooley and Rogers bust the line to cross over in the corner. Tooley add the conversions. 44-0 going on to the half.
The Second half was about control and ball retention for Stanley but poor discipline and some unforced errors saw Bates being dismissed for ten minutes which gave the visitors a boost and proceeded to hammer the Stanley defensive line for 15 minutes great resilience, heart and organisation of the Rods defence kept the visitors at bay and a hard fought effort at the break down by Shires to turn over the ball gave way for quick hands which sent Crawley spring free up the middle and some trademark footwork he passed the full back to score his second of the day. Tooley adding the spoils
Again the Stanley defence and solid set pieces kept the game under the control of the hosts and I great individual effort by Schofield twisting and weaving through 5 of the Garforth defenders and slid over the line for his hat trick. Tooley not making the conversion.
Final score 56-0
Man of the Match – Tom Tooley
Manley Park Remains a Fortress for Rodillians against a well drilled Knaresborough
But it wasn’t straight forward for the hosts. The game started well for the Rods with some good possession with the visitors being aggressive around the breakdown but were unable to break through the solid support.
First blood was awarded to the hosts when some good linking from the backs pushed on by support from the pack saw Scrafton Snr charging up the middle to cross the whitewash between the uprights for his first of the season with son Scrafton Jnr collecting the extras.
The visitors were quick to reply, with some quick recycled ball a kink was spotted in the Rods defensive line and some well-timed runs resulted in the ball been grounded out wide but Knaresborough were unable to take the two.
Rods, now aware they needed to take control of the game, the job fell to the Rodillians forward and some good support play from Thompson and Stawecki added to by a hard run by Bates set the platform. Quick hands through the back line gave a yard for Flavell to show his pace by sprinting thirty meters to the line to cross over in the corner. Scrafton unable to take the two.
Looking not to fall foul of the previous errors the Rods started to roll forward once again with Bates playing a lead role in most breakdowns. A short burst of pace by Freeman released Shires charging down the middle in turn releasing Edwards on his inside who showed outstanding determination and strength to carry four of the visitors’ players the last 20 meters over the line. Scrafton collecting the spoils. (19-5 at the break).
Now playing with the wind behind them the Rodillians were full of confidence but this was short lived as poor discipline gave good field possession to Knaresborough and continues penalties resulted in Shires shown a yellow for a mild infringement. These were closely followed by 2 quick tries but the extras were just out of reach.
Only four points in it. Rods were looking for a way forward, debutant and replacement Senkiw was handed the ball in space in the home sides half, running a great line on a Tooley pass and burst the line to spring free and race to the corner to cross the whitewash. Scrafton unable to convert.
Rodillians once again creating good plays forced the error and Scrafton converted the penalty. The Rods now rolling on again found themselves 5 meters from the opposition line and Illingworth presented the visitors with his trademark strength to crash over at short range. Scrafton taking the extras.
Full of confidence once again the solid scrum of the Rods pack forced another error from Knaresborough resulting in a penalty try and Scrafton taking full advantage by taking the extras.
The visitors took the final score with the Rods suffering a penalty try due to an accidental high tackle and the full seven points (41-22 Full time)
Man of the match went to wing Darren Flavell for his powerful running all over the park.
Next week sees Rods on the road to Bawtry Lane in Sheffield against Hallamshire in the league. 2:15pm kick-off.
Rodillians bag full points and take pole position as Yorkshire 5 league leaders score 200 points in the last four games
Stanley Rodillians travelled south to hosts Hallamshire with hopes of continuing their successful campaign. With an outstanding effort by the whole squad, battling both the elements and and a tough Hallamshire outfit, managed to take the maximum points available.
The conditions were a big obstacle for both sides and ball retention supported by a great defensive effort would prove to be the deciding factor.
The game was a stalemate for the first 15 as the host's hard attack collided with a solid Rods defence. Hullock, Rogers and Bates led from the front. First blood went to the travelling team thanks to a hard tackle from Thompson forcing the error. Quick hands from Schofield and Tooley provided the passes for Spencer to crash on to and burst the line, sprinting clear to the whitewash. Tooley converted (0-7).
Rodillians were now in to their flow and began to string phases together. With the help of a few territory gaining kicks, Cramner hunted the ball down beating three backtracking defenders to slide over in the corner. Tooley unable to convert (0-12).
The ball was collected safely at the restart by Hullock under advancing pressure and charged directly on to the attack. The Rodillians forwards drove hard and recycled quickly, with Schofield directing. Dolphin, Cullen and Smeaton all contributed yards before the ball was shipped wide. Tooley provided the inside ball to Crawley in full flight and was too powerful for the advancing defence. After breaking the line and with the only the full back to beat, he showed his pace by stepping right and getting over the whitewash. Tooley collected the spoils (0-19).
The ball was retained again from the restart thanks to the safe hands of Hullock. Possession changed hands for some time until Illingworth, in a dominant tackle, forced the ball to be lost forward, winning Rods a scrum. A heavy push from the visiting pack offered the chance of a quick break and efficient recycling allowed Shires to plough through the defence at short range. Tooley providing the conversion (0-26).
During the last play of the half the Rods were awarded a scrum deep in their own half. The pack continued doing a solid job and won the ball. Tooley passed on to Crawley who freed his arms to release Tooley back on the inside. A fantastic individual effort then followed from the Rods number 10 stepping, twisting and eluding 5 defenders to sprint to the line. He then stood up, dusted himself down and added the extras to his own try. 0-33 at half-time.
Hallamshire came hard out of the blocks after the break and followed up with relentless attack. This was aided by a number of penalties against Rods due to poor discipline at the breakdown. The Rods defence held firm with Edwards and Bates marshalling the line and keeping the pressure on the advancing hosts. The extra effort was rewarded on several times with turnover ball at crucial times. This remained the pattern of play for the half. As in the first, it wasn't until the final play until the Stanley outfit added to the score board. Nathan Spencer showed great vision and strength to break free of four tacklers on his own try line before charging to the opposition line for his second of the day. Tooley just missing the difficult conversion.
Hallamshire 0 - 38 Rodillians full time
Next weekend Rodillians travel to Rossington and then eyes will be firmly fixed on the 12th of December when Manley Park hosts Hornsea for the Yorkshire 5 league leaders crucial clash, 2.15 kick off.
Stanley Rodillians travelled south to Rossington with hopes of adding to recent momentum. It was the Rod's solid defence and patience with the ball that secured the win. It was fantastic play in the dying seconds that allowed Stanley to take the full five point win.
The conditions were tough and controlled play by both sides created a deadlock for territory with neither team making mistakes. Building pressure from the hosts saw the Rods forced back to their own line. It was the rock solid defensive line, kept in check by Scrafton and Dolphin, which gave the Rossington attack no way through. Driving tackles from Edwards and Rogers put Rods on the front foot and captain Booth worked hard at the ruck area to turn the ball over back in to Stanley possession.
The first try of the game came late in the half. A menacing charge down by prop Smeaton reacting quickly to catch the ball in flight and head towards the line. He held the ball up well and released it to Cramner who burst through the remaining defence to go over for the first score of the game. Scrafton unable to add the two. 0-5 the half time score.
The second half started similarly to the first, with great effort by both sides. This kept the game at stalemate for some time and 20 minutes in Spencer ran hard on to the ball, beating three defenders and running the ball over out wide. Scrafton was unable to convert (0-10).
The Rods, now on the front foot, began to build pressure on the hosts and good runs from Shires and Bates gave Stanley good field position. Schofield released the ball to the backs who were now in their usual clinical form. Cramner was at the helm, presenting a dummy ball to Spencer on an inside line but actually released Crawley who was in full flight. His pace and power proved to be too much for the approaching defenders as he charged through the line and headed for the whitewash. Scrafton added the two (0-17).
With the clock ticking down and the Rods confident that the win was secured, Stanley’s efforts now went into gaining the bonus point. In the remaining few minutes frustrations got the better of the Rodillians and infringements around the ruck area saw the visitors forced deep in to their own territory. A hard tackle by Hullock and quick reaction from Thompson to get on the ball gave the Rods possession and were soon charging forward on with what would prove to be the last play of the game. Quick hands went through Cramner, Shires, Bates, Booth and Hullock, who threw the ball out to Williams running through the defence and charged in to the middle of the park. Schofield raced to support, received the ball from Williams outside the full back and his pace secured the 5 points. Scrafton adding the extra two (0-24).
Rossington 0 - 24 Stanley Rodillians
Man of the Match – Marc Hullock
Next weekend Stanley Rodillians host second place Hornsea - who trail by just one point - in what is likely to be their toughest, most important game of the campaign. Rods would like to invite all supporters down to cheer the team on in this crucial clash.
Stanley See off Closest Rivals and Increase the Points Gap at the Top of Yorkshire 5
Stanley Rodillians played host to closest league competitors Hornsea. The rods went the top of the table clash full of confidence due to having the momentum of several solid performances behind them.
The game started at a high intensity with regular changes in territory and both teams working hard at the breakdown. The first 15 minutes carried on in similar fashion until Stanley began to gain good field position. Strong runs from Shires and Rogers with great support in the breakdown from Hemingway and Booth allowed quick recycling of the ball.
Hard work at the breakdown from Cramner to turn over the ball saw it shipped out to Tooley. Crawley running hard towards the defence received the ball and crashed through the approaching line. He sprung free down the field and hard work from Schofield to get in support was rewarded as Crawley passed the ball to avoid the full back and Schofield crossed the whitewash in the corner. Scrafton converted (7 - 0).
The Rods were gaining good territory and found themselves defending a Hornsea lineout metres from the visitors try line. An unusual Hornsea error in the form of a dropped ball by the number 10 gave the opportunity for rapid reactions from Bates as he grabbed the ball and sprinted the remaining distance to the line (12 - 0).
Stanley were now in control on the game were once again on the attack and a maul set up by the Rods pack were now heading for the line. 10 metres out a scrambling Hornsea defence slowed the maul but quick thinking from number eight Illingworth step away from the back of the maul, displaying a combination of strength and skill he charged the remaining yards to the line (17 - 0).
Rodillians, having secured first points settled in to their game. The home pack once again showing their dominance. Extra effort from Stawecki and Hullock retained the ball and on occasions beating the opposition on their feed to the scrum. Stanleys next try came from turnover ball and quick hands, Crawley once again broke through the line and passed the ball back on the inside to supporting Scrafton, stepped a couple of defenders and passed the ball back to Crawley who had great vision to spot Schofield approaching out wide and threw a long lofted pass across the field, Schofield collected the ball brilliantly and showed unmatched pace to gain his second of the day (22 - 0).
Hornsea continued to press, using the elements to their advantage and kicking deep into the Rods 22. An untidy lineout meant Hornsea were again running away from the Rod try-line. Poor discipline gave Hornsea a penalty which they took quickly. Before Rods were able to reset themselves the Hornsea prop had forced his way over the line. The conversion was good leading to a half time score of 22 - 7.
In the second half it was a stalemate with the cold and wet being the dominant factor. Both teams had opportunities but were unable to secure any points. The only score of the half went to Tooley who eluded the Hornsea defence with some awesome footwork and turn of pace to claim the last try of the day.
Final score was 27 - 7.
Rods now have to travel to Thirsk (19/12/2015) with hopes of creating some breathing space between themselves at the top of the league and second placed Hornsea.
Stanley Rodillians Take the Win in Tough Away Game at Thirsk
Stanley travelled north this week to struggling Thirsk and as in previous seasons this proved to be a difficult game. Thirsk lived up to their home form and were fast out of the blocks and closed down the Rods plays quickly, applying early pressure. The Rodillians strict defence was unwavering as usual but errors with ball in hand and an unmatched effort by Thirsk in the ruck area saw regular turn over ball to the opposition. Building frustration by the Rodillians forced them in to infringements in the ruck and Thirsk had a chance to goal within easy reach. Making no mistake with the kick they went 3 points up.
Stanley gained some stability and began to slowly gain field position and connecting phases through Shires, Illingworth and Scrafton. They linked with good clearance of the ruck from Thompson and Edwards to get close to the opposition line but on several occasions couldn’t finish off the plays. Rods struggled to turn territory in to points. Cullen and Booth came close in the forwards and Crawley and Falloon came close in the backs but Rods were unable to gain any points in the first half. At the break they maintained their confidence though were trailing 3 points to nil.
Changes at the half saw Hullock and Smeaton come on in the front row for Stawecki and Edwards. They had an immediate effect and after a rolling maul instigated by Cullen, Bates and Starkey to gain almost 20 meters. The ball was recycled and after two phases Starkey charged on to a well-timed off load and powered over the line. Scrafton unable to convert (3-5).
Rodillians now on the front foot and soon went close again but the ever present Bates couldn’t quite secure the ball from a Tooley offload. The Rods rolling maul once again sucking the home side defence in and then shipped the ball out wide. Quick hands through Booth, Tooley and Spencer. Crawley hit the gap and sprinted down field and was being closed down by three approaching defenders. He threw the ball the to the wing and Ben Schofield showed great strength and determination to hand off defenders. He sprinted down the touchline all the way to the whitewash. Scrafton converted from a difficult angle (3-12). Then Thirsk kicked a second penalty (6-12).
The game entered a stale mate with both sides defence putting in the extra efforts. Schofield, Hullock and Bates were the stand out defenders for the Rods with quick line speed and hard tackles. Ten minutes from time a great individual try by Spencer where he shook off 4 defenders and crossed over for the third try of the game. Scrafton converted (3-19).
The Rodillians now three tries up were now looking for the fourth and the bonus point, although once again coming close were not able to retain any points and the game ended with Stanley winning 19-3
Man of the Match – Ben Schofield
Stanley Beat Yorkshire 4 Neighbours and look to secure the League Top Spot in next 2 games
Stanley Rodillians welcomed neighbours Leeds Corinthians in friendly fixture at Manley Park. Rods received the ball from the kick-off. This was taken by Edwards on the charge which set the early tempo of the game. Both teams were worked hard in the breakdowns and were quick to close down there opposites in defence. The first score went to the hosts when a good line out offered the Rods pack chance to recycle quick ball. Working continuous phases towards the corner, scrum half Freeman threw the ball long to Tooley, who stepped the first defender and found Booth and out the back Spencer who safely guided the ball to Schofield on the wing. He came back inside the defending winger and dived over the whitewash. This was converted by Scrafton (7-0).
The next ten minutes saw the Rodillians slowly being forced back towards their own line by the quick aggressive defence and smart attack from Leeds. Stanley stood firm on their line and were boosted when Tom Tooley stole the ball from the attacker as he crossed the try line on his way to the ground. Rods worked their way up field and forced Leeds into committing errors at the breakdown which furthered their advance. The ball once again was in the hands and clever handling allowed Schofield to make a half break. He released Booth back on the inside who showed great strength to push off two defenders and crossed the whitewash. Scrafton failed to convert this easier attempt (12–0).
The game entered a stalemate with both sides unable to break down the opposition's defence until the ever present captain Booth stole the ball in the breakdown and sprung free up the centre of the field. Schofield showed an impressive turn of pace to offer support as the defenders closed in on Booth. He received the pass and stepped clear of the defenders. His unmatched pace got him to the line unimpeded. Scrafton adding the extras. 19-0 to the hosts at the break.
Half time saw a series of changes to the home team. Leeds came out hard after the break and constant pressure from the visitors turned in to a try in the corner. Corinthians converted from a difficult angle (19-7).
Rodillians were on the back foot and were unable to take control of the game. A well worked Leeds attack saw Stanley retreating to their line. Leeds backs saw a gap in the home line and pushed through for their second of the game. The conversion was added (19-14).
Stanley were now under great pressure as the visitors grew in confidence. Rods gained a penalty in the midfield and Tooley kicked long to the touch. Hullock threw to Bates in the line who collected cleanly. A couple of phases in the midfield before the ball went wide. Booth passed along to prop Shires and released the ball back to Booth coming across the back of Shires. Booth took the contact and released the ball to a charging Spencer, who with his trademark strength and vision fought his way to the line. Scrafton unable to convert (24-14).
With 5 minutes on the clock the Corinthians capitalised on a rare Stanley mistake and scored under the sticks leaving the score 24-21 with minutes remaining.
Rodillians were now in danger of letting the game slip from their grasp. Captain Booth saved the day after he made another outstanding steal at the breakdown and sprinted the remaining 10 meters to the whitewash. Scrafton converted.
Final score 31-21
Man of the Match – Nathan Booth
Rodillians secure near certain promotion with yet another impressive win.
A well versed and full squad didn’t have to travel far for this weeks fixture against Garforth RUFC.
Rodillians opened the game impressively and quickly with a dominant attack pushed Garforth into their own 22 instantly. This is where they kept Garforth, and control of the game. Eventually Adam Shires powered over the line with an impressive run to open up the score sheet for Rods (0-5). The form and flow of the Rods side was clear, with the forwards setting a fine platform allowing the ‘pretty boys’ to do what they do best. With two tries from Adam Schofield on the wing in short succession in the first half (0-19).
After the break a confident Rodillian side made few changes and continued the forwards dominant form. Winning a scrum against the head allowing for quick movement of the ball and with Thomas Tooley making a break. With 3 men on his outside in support the honour was given to Trey Williams to score his first and long awaited try of the season. A now over-confident Rods side let slip their tight grip of the game and along with some poor tackling allowed Garforth to score their first and only try of the game.
Rods regrouped and recovered quickly to get back to scoring ways with Thomas Tooley scoring two more. Not to be out done, Liam Crawley scored one right under the sticks. Adam Scrafton had a bad day at the office, converting only 3 of the 7 tries on offer.
Final score Rods 41 Garforth 5
Rodillians have one game left in the season and promotion is almost certain with the lead they now have in the league.
Stanley Rodillians Yorkshire 5 Champions
Stanley travelled to Wibsey in there last league game of the campaign where two early break-away tries and a well drilled defence restricted the Rods from taking any points from the result.
The game began with Rodillians kicking to the hosts and Stanley were soon on the front foot with some great defence and began to gain territory but a dropped ball during the attack was quickly picked up and passed out wide by Wibsey and were unmatched in a foot race to the line. This was converted (7-0).
The game restarted in a similar fashion with Stanley pressure forcing a kick and regaining possession. Rods were attacking the Wibsey line but the hosts defence were solid and unwavering with quick line speed closing down any opportunity when the ball went wide. It was this defence that forced the turn over and again the ball went wide and an easy ball to the support gave Wibsey their second. Converted (21-0) at the half.
A few changes at the gave the Rodillians an instant boost and were soon back on the oppositions line with Shires, Crawley and Illingworth all going close but were unable to turn pressure in to points and Wibsey were able to clear their line once again. Stanley continued to gain territory and centre Liam Crawley, with a trademark straight line hard run, forced a break in the Wibsey defensive chain. He crossed for Stanley’s first but Scrafton unable to convert (21-5).
Rods were gaining in confidence and were forcing Wibsey backwards but it was another uncharacteristic error by Stanley which was again capitalised on by the hosts and scored their fourth. Try was converted (28-5).
Frustrations started to set in for Rodillians and were unable to retain possession but stood firm in defence until Wibsey forced their way in once again to score out wide. Converted (35-5).
The Rods now fearing the worst until quick thinking from hooker Edwards to take a quick line-out, well supported by Shires put Stanley on the front foot and a couple of strong phases by the Rods forwards gave the chance for Scrafton to fight his way to the line for Stanley’s second (35-10).
Stanley were now chasing the game in the closing minutes and were unable to take any more points and the game finished 35-10 to Wibsey.
Stanley were disappointed with the loss but can reflect on a fantastic season and finish the league as Yorkshire 5 Champions. A massive thanks to the players, supporters and all who are involved and help out at the club.
A special mention to Coach and friend to all Gary Demaine who has shown great leadership and faith in his team throughout the season and great strength to lead his team especially in the last few weeks where he has sadly lost both of his parents.
Man of the Match – Liam Crawley
Stanley Rodillians hosted a youthful York 2nd team with a smattering of old heads today (Saturday 30 January). The Stanley outfit are looking for testing fixtures in preparation of their Yorkshire 4 return in September and this proved a good starting point.
The home side kicked off down the Rodillians incline and an excellent take from Ryan Cullen from the wing gave Rodillians a fantastic platform from the off. Tooley fed the ball to Spencer who broke through the line and offloaded to Thompson yards from the line. Dragged to the ground, the ball was recycled quickly and Adam Shires was the recipient as he powered over the line. Scrafton's attempt at the conversion hit the post (5-0).
The restart failed to go 10 metres so Rods had the scrum in the centre field. Although Rodillians were enjoying most of the territory and possession, they struggled to make inroads. Any time York had the ball it was snuffed out by strong tackles most notably by Shier and Booth. Rods fought through and eventually after a messy scrum broke down, Shires was able to battle his way over the line again. This time Scrafton hit the target for the extras (12-0). York were far from out and made good ground through their mountainous second row and inside centre. After a penalty wasn't closed down effectively the York second row forced his way over the line with most of the Rodillians team hanging off parts of him.
Rods third try again came from the forwards. The home team lineout hadn't been functioning properly so a penalty on the York 22 went to Tarazi. Although he was stopped before the line, a couple of recycles in the play allowed him to get back to his feet and force his way over, creating enough space to ground the ball. Scrafton again converted (19-5).
In the second half York had the benefit of the wind behind them. A hacked clearance kick gave York great attacking position which they took to great advantage. Using a shortened line, they packed the centre park and with Rods' defence desperately filling the gaps, the try was scored (19-10).
In reply Rods were able to work their way upfield. Sadly, on a typical bullocking run, Steve Wotherspoon fell badly and sustained a fracture dislocation to his ankle. The match was immediately abandoned after 60 minutes (19-10 result).
Rods got back to winning ways today and it was good to see a cohesive squad, with some players out of position. A promising and solid performance by debutant Shiers will only give Head Coach Gary Demaine more headaches.
Man of the match went to Steve Wotherspoon.
Thanks go to York for travelling to Rods, to the referee for his part in the game and the ambulance crew for looking after Steve so well. We wish him a speedy recovery.
Next weekend Rods first team are still looking for a fixture but there is a second team home fixture against Yarnbury 4th XV. Following that the club will be open to show the Scotland v England 6 Nations game.
Stanley Rodillians travelled to local rivals Garforth last Saturday (05/03) in the second leg of the first round of the Yorkshire 5 Cup. Rodillians were carrying a slender 8-5 lead into the match and a loss of more than 3 points would see Rodillians relegated into the Plate competition.
Garforth have come on a lot over the season and the more settled side gave Rods a real scare a couple of weeks earlier with a strong performance.
Rods began well, being forced to play up the Garforth Academy park. A well placed high kick from Tom Tooley, back at 10, got caught in the wind and was knocked on by Garforth. Rods played the advantage but got snarled up in the centres so the scrum was called. The first 10 minutes saw Rods camped in the Garforth 'red zone' and two cynical penalties in succession by the same player would have seen yellow at any other time. Eventually the visitors pumelled their way over after repeated hit ups from Evetts, Crawley, Ray Scrafton and Shires. The beneficiary of the softening up process was Captain Booth who straightened up the line and skipped over under the sticks. Adam Scrafton converted.
After the restart Rods failed to deal effectively with the ball so in a complete reversal Garforth camped on the Rods line for much of the rest of the half. Garforth like to play exciting rugby rather than kick easy points and often opted for the line out and ensuing catch and drive. For maybe 20 minutes Rods were able to hold the defensive line, with backs and forwards putting their bodies on the line to stop the 'forth advance. Finally after running out of defenders, Garforth powered their way over near the posts. This was converted and the 7 - 7 score remained at half time.
In the second stanza Rods had the benefit of the slope and wind. Within minutes they added to their the score. A move that began in their own half saw captain Booth take control. Running across the park, he targeted the 'forth centre to bounce off. He gained the go forward and created the overlap. With the two on one available, he passed the ball out to Ben 'Neb' Schofield who sprinted the final 22 to score in the corner. A high tackle in the final movement saw Garforth reduced to 14 men for 10 minutes. Now 5 points down, Garforth fought their way up the park but every time the ball went loose, Tooley or Scrafton were fed to kick the ball down into the home 22 again. As a bonus, on one such occasion Adam Schofield managed to kick through then pick up the ball before being held up short. He turned in the tackle to offload to Evetts in support who wasn't going to be denied at that distance. 17 - 7 to Rods.
This was to be the final score.
Rods made a better fist of yesterday's match against a steadily improving Garforth squad.
It was good to see the Evetts and Crawley centre combination reunited for the first time since Kindergarten. Smeaton and R Scrafton were solid in the second row and shored up the scrum. The Rods line didn't work as well as it has previously and gives something for them to work on during training.
Next weekend Rods 1st XV are travelling to Ossett RUFC and are hoping for an early KO so they can watch the televised 6 Nations game later. They are also planning on fielding a second team once again and are currently looking for a suitable opposition. Please check on the website for updates.
Stanley Rodillians Continue Their Cup Campaign with a Semi-Final Win against Tough Opposition.
Stanley Rodillians welcomed visitors Wibsey to Manley Park for the first semi-final Yorkshire 5 cup game. The pace of the game was quick right from the off with nothing separating the two teams in both attack and defence. Stanley began to get the upper hand but an infringement at the ruck area gave the visitors a chance at goal which was converted from 20 meters out. Keen to get back in to the same intensity The Rods pack dominated the ruck area and linked a number of phases working their way in to the Wibsey half. The ball released to the backs and centre Spencer bust through the advancing line, scrambling defence caught up with Spencer and a well-timed offload to supporting Tooley who crossed the whitewash for the Rodillians first try of the game. Scrafton Converted
Stanley received the ball from the restart and an uncharacteristic error from hooker Edwards fumbled the ball and Wibsey gained a scrum 20 meters out from the Stanley line. The Rods pack rallied to support and drove hard in the scrum and Edwards stole the ball and it was cleared deep down field by Freeman. The Wibsey line out was disrupted and poor ball was given to the opposition backs and quick reactions from Evetts tackled the attacker and powered through the ruck with the aid of Thompson and Starskey. Slow ball from the forwards with strong drives from Bates, Shires and space for Scrafton to crash over in the corner. Conversion missed
12-3 going in to the half.
The Rodillians were soon back on top and a great defensive effort from Hemmingway and Scrafton Snr forced Wibsey back and outstanding line speed from Spencer saw him intercept the ball and charge to the line and grounded the ball underneath the sticks. Scrafton Comfortably converting.
Stanley now in control of the game were creating chances with both Scofield’s on the wing going close. Evetts and Spencer also making a number of line breaks.
Hard Work in the breakdowns from Hullock, Hemingway and Booth kept the visitors at bay until the final whistle.
Final Score 19-3
Man of the match – Tom Edwards