Carlisle 26 v Old Brodleians 18

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Saturday, 13th November 2010

Carlisle have won their previous encounters with Old Brods, so that in itself was a good omen for this league encounter at Warwick Road.

The visitors have been one of the surprise packages of North 1 East this season and have consistently been lodged in the top few places.  They arrived on the back of an away win at Wheatley Hills who were previously unbeaten.  So, they had a fairly good pedigree behind them and whilst they did not take their league situation for granted, they were taken aback at the challenge presented to them!

Carlisle, the “Jekyll and Hyde” team this year, approached the game with not a little trepidation after being belittled at Northern a couple of weeks earlier.  But, the kind of form that led to the handsome defeat of Morpeth in the last their last outing at Warwick Road returned, and Brods, especially in the first half,  had to contend with some rugby that rattled their defence time and again.

The Carlisle pack were in fine form both in set pieces and the loose, although the lines outs were marginally dominated by the visitors.  Having been able to turn out a settled eight over recent weeks has been a bonus for Carlisle and they look a fairly powerful unit.

Almost the old man of the pack, loose head prop Steve Stamper brought his experience to bear and as well as giving his opposite


CRFC player Steve Stamper

Steve Stamper - Pick of the pack and man of the match. Always there when it mattered most


number a torrid afternoon, his overall game was outstanding  –  enough to earn him the accolade as pick of the pack and man of the match.  Throughout, he was everywhere that mattered.


Early forays into the visitors area made life uncomfortable for the Halifax outfit and they conceded two two penalties within the first eleven minutes for fly half, Grant Connon to slot home.


CRFC player Grant Connon

Grant Connon in good kicking form.


Play went to and from and on nineteen minutes Carlisle were given warning that they really would not get the result on plate when centre
Liam Scott touched down but the conversion hit the outside of the post.

This gave Brods a bit of heart and whilst probing the home defence, a penalty from lock Olly Akroyd put his side two points to the good.

Carlisle were having none of it though and after a few piercing runs that bemused his opponents defence,  full back Lewis Boyd made good ground from is own area;  the ball found it’s way to Martin Brodie who put in a powerful thrust up his wing, avoiding challenge to score in the corner with twelve minutes of the opening half still to play.

The score was unconverted, but Carlisle took heart from regaining the initiative and within four minutes added another try from left wing Dan Holmes who bemused the defence with a strong approach and forced his way through to add his try in the left corner.


CRFC player Martin Brodie

Martin Brodie - try followed by another from Dan Holmes (below).


An eight point advantage at the break was a slender hold on the game, and given the obvious skill in the Yorkshire side, Carlisle had to be on their mettle to deal with an expected assault on their territory.

Indeed it came. but not before Carlisle were forced into injury replacements;  Ben Blain came on to deputise for Barry Earl (inside centre) and Dan Smithson replaced number eight Lee Brumpton.

Brods went down a man to the sin bin but despite this closed the gap with a try from full back Marshall anjd fortunately it went unconverted as did two penalties that would have put them back in the driving seat.

There were one or two signs that Carlisle were looking bit carefree but a few harsh words from experienced old heads livened things up.  Connon added a penalty before the try of the match came on sixty five minutes with scrum half Joe Blaylock grabbing his try below the bar, Connon converting.



CRFC player Dan Holmes

Dan Holmes


Brods weren’t finished though;  they kept going right to the end and Carlisle had spells of hectic defence before fly half Jack Moon got a consolation try.

Welcome league points that keep Carlisle in eighth slot, but there is still a lot to do, but the improvement was welcome.

MAN OF THE MATCH & PICK OF THE PACK: Steve Stamper

BEST OF THE BACKS:


CRFC player Lewis Boyd

Lewis Boyd


SCORERS:

Tries:        Brodie (1), Blaylock (1) & Holmes (1)

Cons:        Connon (1)

Pens:        Connon (3)

THE STARTING TEAM:

15    Lewis Boyd
14    Martin Brodie
13    Chris Harris
12    Barry Earl (Ben Blain)
11    Dan Holmes
10    Grant Connon
9      Joe Blaylock
1      Steve Stamper
2      Tom Graham
3      Martin McGimpsey
4      Mark Barron (Captain)
5      Paul Halliday
6      Mark Allan
7      Bobby Sherlock
8      Lee Brumpton (Dan Smithson)
16    Martin Kalinowski
17    Dan Smithson
18    Ben Blain

CRUSADERS had a fine away win at Stockport in the league  –  20 pts to 40 pts.