Brotherton Bulldogs under 13s reached the BARLA Yorkshire Cup quarterfinals with a magnificent 28-24 win at East Hull who had lost only one previous game this season.
After a 42-6 first round victory at Hull Wyke, Brotherton had a much harder task on their second trip to Hull in this year’s competition.
East Hull scored first but Brotherton quickly levelled with Dan Smith’s try.
The home side scored again but the Bulldogs replied three minutes later when Logan Bennett’s clever kick set up a try for Cona Fisher.
Prop Ben Woods then went over and Bennett kicked his third goal to make it 18-12 at half-time.
East Hull squared matters in the second-half but Brotherton, who were now facing the wind, regained the lead when MOM Lewis Smith smashed his way over for his first try for the club and Bennett converted.
Bennett’s astute kick then created a try for Dan Simms and although East Hull got another try Brotherton’s superb defence held out in the closing minutes for a thrilling win.
Brotherton visit Shaw Cross in the quarterfinals on December 11. Other ties include Drighlington v Kippax.
Featherstone Lions under 14s gave a tremendous team display in a 46-0 win at Drighlington to book a quarterfinal tie at Castleford Panthers on December 11.
Leo Brown, Taigh Newman, Alex Walker and Kai Slatter paved the way for Rylan Brown and Eliott Bell to put in Alfie Sayles for the opening try and Josh Milthorpe added the first of his seven goals.
Good runs from Jack Bower, Harry Fitzgerald and Charlie Harris led to Milthorpe’s pinpoint kick setting up a touchdown for Hayden Williams before Jamie Higgins burst through to score.
Top tackler Bower, Leo Brown, Slatter and Sayles defended superbly.
Blatcher’s try made it 22-0 at half-time.
Leo Brown and Slatter went close before great handling saw Williams cross.
Newman raced 50 metres for a solo try and Walker and Sayles then sent in Bower.
Newman bagged his second before Bell’s touchdown completed the rout.
Lions were well served by opposition coach’s MOM Milthorpe, Lions MOM Leo Brown, Bower, Williams, Bell and Blatcher, with Newman and Slatter also impressing on their return from injury.
Featherstone lions under 12s scraped through to the quarterfinals.
They made hard work of winning 10-8 at Stanningley whose coaching team includes ex Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock.
Lions had to shuffle their team because they were without several players.
They started slowly and fell behind to a converted try.
They then improved and started to spread the ball.
Billy Nadin and Logan Jenkins ran the ball well out of defence while forwards Henry Warrender and Zinzan Barden put in big hits.
MOM and parents MOM Jaiden Tang eluded three defenders to grab a try that opposition coach’s MOM Alfie Beresford goaled to level the scores.
Newcomers Bailey Ambler and Jake Bond showed plenty of enthusiasm from the bench.
Charlie Parkin and Derren Hey shared the Lions man of steel award.
Maddox Jeffery won the outstanding tackler award and Josh Carrington and Adam Barstow also defended strongly.
Backs Evan Haytack and Danny Proctor shared the most improved award while both Jack Limbert and Adam Gosney showed plenty of courage felling players twice their size.
The game went to extra time and the Stanningley regained the lead with a penalty goal but Lions snatched victory when Proctor scored from a kick to the corner.
The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough for Lions.
Lock Lane host Eastmoor in the Yorkshire Under 17 Cup semi-finals on December 11 after winning 32-12 at Dewsbury Celtic.
Featherstone Lions were pipped 22-20 at Eastmoor in the quarterfinals.
In the Yorkshire Under 16 Cup quarterfinals, Lock Lane lost 18-12 at home to East Leeds.
Lock Lane’s 24-22 win at West Hull in the Yorkshire Under 15 Cup second round earned them a quarterfinal trip to East Leeds or Drighlington.
Kippax bowed out with a 26-6 defeat at Dewsbury Moor.
In the Yorkshire Under 12 Cup quarterfinals, Kippax host derby rivals Castleford Panthers on Saturday, December 10, and Featherstone Lions travel to Siddal and Lock Lane visit West Hull the following day.
Last weekend’s other BARLA Yorkshire Cup results included:
Under 17 (quarterfinals): Eastmoor 22, Featherstone Lions 20; Dewsbury Celtic 12, Lock Lane 32.
Under 16 (second round): Lock Lane 12, East Leeds 18.
Under 15 (second round): West Hull 22, Lock Lane 24; Dewsbury Moor 26, Kippax Welfare 6.
Under 14 (second round): Drighlington 0, Featherstone Lions 46; Castleford Panthers 36, Crigglestone All Blacks 4.
Under 13 (second round): Siddal 28, Lock Lane 20; East Hull 24, Brotherton Bulldogs 28; Kippax 44, Dewsbury Moor 6.
Under 12 (second round): Lock Lane 24, Shaw Cross 6; Fryston 10, Heworth 40; Kippax Welfare 26, Hull Wyke 14; Milford 4, Castleford Panthers 10.