Oldham 48 – 36 South Wales

Date published: Monday, August 22, 2011

DANNY Bravo scored a hat-trick of tries and Ben Heaton raced in for a brace as Roughyeds beat South Wales Scorpions 48-34 at Whitebank to register their sixth win in eight Championship One outings.

Other try scorers were Paul Noone, Neil Roden and Danny Whitmore, while Carl Forber landed eight conversions from as many attempts in a first-class show of accurate marksmanship.

We led 18-12 at half-time with tries by Noone, Heaton and Bravo and then blitzed the Scorpions in the first quarter of an hour of the second half with four converted tries in the space of eight minutes by Bravo (2), Heaton and Roden.

Leading 42-12 at that stage, and playing down the slope, we looked set for a huge points total, but in fact the opposite happened and Scorpions threw caution to the wind to cause a bit of a stir with tries by Andy Gay, Casey Bromilow, Steve Parry and Curtis Cunningham to cut our lead to 42-34.

[singlepic id=732 w=320 h=240 float=left]There were two telling incidents. First Ben Heaton went off with an ankle injury which caused a team reshuffle and then Marcus St Hilaire was sin-binned for holding down. Neither of these helped our cause, but we managed to hold on and then on the last play of the game Whitmore spotted a gap from dummy half up the middle and sold a couple of outrageous dummies to finally put the issue beyond doubt.

Scorers: Oldham — goals, Forber (8); tries, Bravo (3), Heaton (2), N Roden, Noone, Whitmore; Scorpions — goals, Murphy (5); tries, Parry (2), James, Gay, Bromilow, Cunningham.

Oldhham: Heaton; Brocklehurst, St Hilaire, McCully, Robinson; N Roden, Forber; Boults, Whitmore, Stenchion, Bravo, Noone, Casey. Subs: Bentley, Clough, Gilchrist, Ward.

Scorpions: Murphy; Cunningham, Pring, Roets, Grant; Gay, Bromilow; Raftery, Parry, Burke, Lloyd, Bateman, James. Subs: Carleton, C Davies, H Davies, Cocker.

Referee: Craig Halloran (injured and replacedby Adam Gill early in second half); Att: 501.

With one game left — at Workington on Sunday, September 4 — we are assured of either sixth or seventh place in the play-off, but you can almost throw a blanket over the others. Not one of the six play-off places is settled yet and it will all go down to the last day of the regular season. The only sure thing we can say is that we will definitely have an away tie in round one and we could be going to any of the other five, Keighley, Workington, Doncaster, Whitehaven or Rochdale.