Mo on a roll

Date published: Wednesday, May 28, 2014
MO Agoro is making a habit of scoring tries on Oldham’s right wing.
“I’m on a roll, and I like it,” he said, after touching down with a spectacular dive into the corner to seal Roughyeds’ 30-22 win at Gloucester.
The 21-year-old former Leeds Rhinos youngster has scored in each of Oldham’s last four outings and he’s determined to keep up the momentum.
He left it late against the All Golds, but when his big chance came five minutes from the end he took two defenders and the corner flag with him as he crashed over the line.
Referee Michael Woodhead consulted his touchjudge before making Mo’s day by pointing to the try.
“Steve Nield gave me the ball and then it was down to me to go for the corner,” he said. “I was made up when the try was given because it gave me four from four. I want to keep it going now for as long as I can.”
He’s notched five in total — four fewer than Dale Bloomfield on the left wing.
That’s another reason he wants to add to his tally in Sunday’s visit to Whitebank of London Skolars, who best remember the powerful Agoro not for scoring a try but for stopping one.
It was his fantastic cover tackle on Skolars half-back Matt Bradley in the dying seconds of the game in London in March that enabled Roughyeds to win a thriller 18-16.
Bradley was going under the posts and in the act of touching down when Agoro came from nowhere to smash him and force the error.
“To be honest, London should have won. They would have done too but for Mo’s brilliant try-saving tackle,” said Roughyeds boss Scott Naylor.
He has great respect for Skolars coach Joe Mbu and says that, on their day, the Londoners are capable of beating any side in the division.
Roughyeds have three players in the Kingstone Press Championship One team of the week — Bloomfield, centre Jon Ford and second-row man Josh Crowley.
Bloomfield’s nine tries put him third in the divisional list behind Jason Payne of Gateshead and Sean Morris of Oxford, each with 10.
Top team: Reynolds (York); Saltonstall (York), Te’o (Gloucester), Ford (OLDHAM), Bloomfield (OLDHAM); Smith (York), Connick (Oxford); Brennan (York), Lee (York), Howitt (Hemel), Mallinder (York), Crowley (OLDHAM), Mbaraga (Hemel).
The inclusion of six York players is testament to their shock 40-0 hammering of Hunslet Hawks following their 31-30 defeat at Whitebank a week earlier.
* NEIL Roden’s next testimonial function is in Legends’ Bar at Body Image Gym in Hindley, Wigan on Saturday, June 7 (7pm for 7.30). 
Former Wigan and Great Britain forward Bill Ashurst will do a questions-and-answers session followed by Andy Isherwood, ex-Oldham player, on his guitar. Tickets £5.