Colts make it three in a row

Rotherham Colts continued their impressive start to the season with a competent 34-15 victory over York Colts. The victory made it a perfect three of three for Rotherham as they continued their rise up the Yorkshire Senior Colts - Division 2 table.

Match report is courtesy of Callum Tongue

Rotherham played host to York in their first home league game of the season, looking for another strong performance in order to continue their challenge for the league title. Rotherham played towards the town end in the first half and were set to receive the kick. With the pride and honour of playing on Clifton Lane, the home of Rotherham Titans, this wasn't a game to lose.

Disappointing then that York were the first to put their name to the score sheet. After some sloppy errors and poor discipline, again, Rotherham gave away vital territory needed to take hold of the game. Eventually York made the pressure tell and crashed over out wide to make it 5-0. Conversion missed.

After the initial set back it looked like Rotherham had finally turned up. York were not an opposition to be underestimated. Rotherham then started to play the rugby we know they can. Bossing the game upfront Rotherham drove from almost every lineout and making good ground each time they did so. After some wasted chances out wide, the forwards did what they do best and kept it tight. Arguably making the try harder than it needed to be, but Bradley Eades barged his way over nonetheless. 5-5. Conversion missed. One day conversions will matter! But not today!

Half time and the scores remained at 5-5. It should have been more with the sheer amount of possession and territory that Rotherham had. Credit to York though who forced the poor decisions which led to the errors.

Rotherham kicked off in the second half and had the advantage of the slight slope, the run into the clubhouse and the breeze to their backs.

Roth started the half as they finished it, dominating play and throwing the ball around, a little too much at times, but, that said; sticking to what has worked is a good tactic to stick too. After a good few phases of play, Roth found themselves on the York line. Hendo (Tom Henderson) dummied from the base and dove over from close range. Now where have we seen that before..? Conversion missed. 10-5

Not long after the restart Rotherham were pressed on their line and tried to play a little too much Rugby without getting a hold on play. Credit to the York blitz which caused the mistake but York collected the ball, recycled well and passed out for the easy score. Easy conversion missed, 10-10. Rotherham regained their own kick off and continued the impressive play and recycling of the ball, which again left Hendo at the base on the line who scored in identical fashion to make it 15-10. Conversion missed.

Again York equalised, missing the conversion, and the switching off in defence after working so hard to score was getting tiresome. Again however Rotherham regained the lead when Alec Baldwin beat two or three would-be tacklers to score out wide, and after missing the conversion, again, we were looking to build on the lead, or even just keep it! But, with the bonus point out of the way Roth began to sharpen up in defence and cut out a lot of the errors and ill discipline.

After camping out in York’s 22, the lead was extended from a great run by Jean-Luc, showing a good mix of pace and power. Then capped it off by making the kick almost impossible to miss! (Stranger things have happened). For example, Oliver Dynan kicking the conversion, an openside flanker. Not ideal.

The last score of the day came from the biggest strength of the day. The catch and drive line out has been the go-to ball and has worked well in every game this season. The ball was claimed well at 2, brought down and presented well. Then driven a good 10-15 metres to the line for Danny Howells to make it 4 in 4. Conversion kicked again from out wide, this time by Callum Tongue.

Another good day at the office from Rotherham, who next week entertain fellow league favourites Huddersfield, kick-off 1pm.  However with some key absences Roth will have to play better than today to stand a chance. However, with a win, we should go top! Onwards and upwards!

On the back of some outstanding performances, Rotherham Colts have had 3 players called into the Yorkshire U19 squad. Tom Coy, Brad Eades and Olly Dynan will get an opportunity to shine on Sunday when they take on Leeds University at Leeds Uni. ground at Weetwood.