Colts continue winning ways
Rotherham Colts continued their fine season to date with a convincing 26-7 victory over Cleckheaton at Clifton Lane.
The match report is courtesy of Callum Tongue.
Rotherham welcomed Cleckheaton to Clifton Lane on Sunday in their first game since the middle of February.
Cleckheaton turned up with 12 players so the game was expected to be open attack from both sides. Rotherham went away from the clubhouse in the first half and received the kick.
The game was practically dominated by Rotherham. Cleckheaton regularly gave away penalties for high tackles and weren't known for shying away from confrontation. Their aim for the day was to disrupt, and they did it pretty well. With Rotherham taking the lion’s share of possession and territory, it is a myth as to why it took 25 minutes to get the first points on the board. Tom Hendo dummied from the base of a ruck and found the tiniest of gaps to sneak under the posts. Conversion added by Luke Powell. With it being a 12 a side game, there were plenty of subs on the bench for Rotherham. With practically his first touch of the ball Danny Chedgzoy stepped inside a player and paced the covering defence to score under the posts again. Conversion added by Luke Powell.
Half time: 14-0
Rotherham kicked off the second half going back towards the clubhouse and continued to dominate the play, with Cleckheaton rarely getting a chance to attack in threatening positions. However they continued to spoil the pace of the play that would suit the faster Rotherham team which left the game stop-starting. In the weather that we had that’s not what you need. Good play from the backline however saw Alec Baldwin race down the touchline to score outside. Difficult conversion missed. 21-0.
Cleckheaton then managed to get themselves on the score sheet, probably their standout player in the number 10 broke the line at pace was tackled but had enough momentum to get the ball over the line to make it 21-7. Soon after another good play saw Chris Kapur put through a gap on his own twenty two and run the distance to score under the posts. A bonus point victory was what was asked for, the way we arrived it was probably a little more difficult than anticipated but we got it.
Final Score: 26-7.
Next week: Away at Keighley in the quarter finals of the Yorkshire Cup.