Praise for the Scholarship side

Date published: Thursday, July 14, 2011

COACH Phil Costin praised the pluck and mental toughness of his Oldham RL under-18s side after they twice came from behind to earn an 18-18 draw in a tough, physical clash at Hunslet last night.

Having beaten Workington 40-0 in their first-ever game at Whitebank, Costin’s cubs take an unbeaten record into their next challenge at Keighley Cougars on Monday, August 1 (8pm kick off).¬†

“In some ways it was a frustrating evening for us, and I’ve certainly got a few more grey hairs,” said Costin, “but we were down to one substitute in the last 25 minutes and I can’t speak too highly about how the boys battled on.

“When we went 16-12 up midway through the second half we should have closed the game down, but it was a learning curve for us and it’s as well to remember that this was only our second game together.”

Prop Jordan Morris, loose-forward Craig Lawton, half-back Brett Greenwood and sub forward Josh Hulme  impressed for Oldham, who were handicapped by injuries to stand-off Tom Shaw, scrum-half Nathan Bevan and prop Ben Breheny.

Shaw, a key pivotal player, pulled a muscle in his side during the pre-match warm-up. He began the game, but he had to leave the field midway through the first half, reappearing only briefly in a hard-fought second half.

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