Three try Gee leads the way

Date published: Monday, August 11, 2014
SAM Gee scored a hat-trick in the first half hour as Oldham RL under-20s went on to beat Keighley Cougars 40-22 in their last home game of the season.

“It was a good team performance, but Sammy was in a different league,” said coach Neil Roden, of the club’s vice-captain, who scored tries in the eighth, 25th and 30th minutes and was then taken off for a breather.
His fellow first-teamers Danny Whitmore and Paddy Mooney also showed up well, watched by head coach Scott Naylor and his No 2, Lee Spencer.
Mooney, Sam Singleton and Connor Partington (2) also crossed the Cougars line, while Tom Dempsey kicked six goals from seven attempts.
Having enjoyed first use of the slope, Roughyeds led 34-6 at half-time, but they failed to maintain their momentum, scoring only one try to Keighley’s three in a second half in which they were mainly playing without the ball.
Astonishingly, they gave away nine second-half penalties to Keighley’s one, as a result of which they were mainly pinned down at the bottom end of the ground and unable to break out.
Added Roden: “We’d only one prop on the bench and a bit of fatigue set in during the second half. We got a little bit careless in the tackle and around the rucks and that’s why we infringed so much.
“Having been so totally convincing in the first half, it was slightly disappointing not to push on after half-time, but we had to get through a lot of hard graft in defence and we certainly stuck at it.”
Full-back Singleton and two-try Partington, at centre, were the pick of the backs while the outstanding Gee, at loose-forward, received solid support from all his fellow pack men.
Team: Singleton; Dootson, Buckley-Mayall, Partington, Parr; Dempsey, Hughes; Mooney, Whitmore, B Roden, R Joy, A Joy, Gee. Subs: Wareing, Flanagan, Ball, Gilks.
Next up for the under-20s is a trip to Halifax this Thursday, August 14, kick-off 7.30pm.