Colts go top of the league
Rotherham Colts impressive 10-48 away victory over Keighley at the weekend has seen them shoot to the top of the Yorkshire Senior Colts - Division 2 table.
The report below written by Callum Tongue has been sent in to keep supporters abreast of the fine season the Rotherham youngsters are enjoying.
A bare 16 turned out for the first game of the New Year which would be expected to make it difficult. Tom Coy was forced to return from injury a week early to allow everyone to play in their normal positions which should make it easier.
Rotherham kicked off running towards the clubhouse in the first half. Initially we looked the stronger team in general. The line-out functioned efficiently as always. After a few failed catch and drive attempts, the first score of the day was by Danny Howells in predictable style. 5-0.
After that the half got pretty poor from Rotherham's perspective. After a good breakaway try and conversion from Keighley put us behind, continuous and frequent penalties disrupted the flow meaning the hard earned territory was counting for nothing.
Keighley eventually got in kicking range from a penalty and slotted it over. It looked like we could go in at the half way stage loosing, strange territory. Luke Powell then got the ball on the blindside and ran through/over the defence to score. Conversion missed spectacularly.
Half time: 10-10.
The second half started much better than the first had ended. Rotherham were more disciplined, better in the scrum after initial problems in the first half and were beginning to take control of the game. Danny Howells scored another try from the back of a maul to put Rotherham back in front. Conversion missed. From then on scores came at regular intervals in an impressive second half performance from the colts.
Alex Jones scored next, with credit to the whole team for their involvement in the build up, swinging the ball right to left and back again to score on the 15. Conversion missed.
Danny Howells got, yes, another try from the back of a maul to consolidate his place as the top point scorer this season. Conversion missed. An impressive and rare hat trick!
Rotherham were dominating the game, Keighley barely had any ball to work with and when they did it was in their own half. Rotherham were attacking from everywhere and anywhere and although penalties were not completely excluded, they were far better than the first half. Christopher Kapur scored his first for the team midway through the second half after the overlap was created and beaten. Conversion kicked this time!
Rotherham were then reduced to 14 men when Larry Chahal was deemed not 10 from a tap penalty 5m out from our line. But this one man advantage made no difference to the game. Rotherham continued to dominate and Danny Howells got his fourth try of the day, but this time not from the back of a maul. He picked up 5m out and found his way over. The conversion was successful, making it 39-10 in Rotherham’s favour.
The last try was another pick of the day, Bradley Eades broke a tackle on his own ten and found space in front of him to open his legs. Unfortunately he didn't have the pace to go all the way but unselfishly offloaded to Alex Healey to also get his first try. Difficult conversion missed.
A solid performance from Rotherham earned them the maximum points away from the home. And now they find themselves top of the league with 3 games in hand on the team below; (York).