A FRIENDLY at Old Brodleians was a huge boost for Huddersfield’s Under 14 side after their scheduled game was called off.
Failure to get a game would have meant the team would have played in only one of the last five weeks prior to their vital Yorkshire Plate quarter-final at Moortown RUFC next week.
They looked like a team desperately short of match practice in the early stages with plenty of handling mistakes from a new look back line, but they did open the scoring from the ever enthusiastic Jason Bellanfante in his usual No 8 position, when he picked up a loose ball, raced clear and dived over the line.
When Brods gave up turn-over ball it was pounced on by the Huddersfield backs and shipped down their line to winger Oliver Swift who broke through the cover to score, and then winger Jack Parkinson ran in his first try of the game to give Huddersfield a 15-0 lead at half-time.
In the second half the entire front row of Elliot Cressey, Dan Dessoy and Will Neilson gave way to Nathan Horsfall, Scott Richmond-Wood and Sheldon McFazden, while Ben Sykes saw his first game time in the second row as he replaced Will Robertshaw.
The only change in the backs was an opportunity for Troy Ambler on the wing as he replaced Swift.
With so much re-organisation it was no surprise when Brods crossed for a converted score before Field hit back with a try from centre Sam Bourouh, converted by James Addy.
Ambler was next on the scoreboard, when he scooped up a loose ball and ran clear to score, again converted by Addy, and in an almost identical movement, scrum half Addy showed real speed as he outpaced the Brods cover defence to score himself.
Brods pulled another try back, but in the closing stages, captain Woodhouse topped an impressive defensive display with strong break down the side of the field, and as the defenders closed in he slipped a well-timed pass to his inside for supporting winger Parkinson, who raced clear under the posts, converted by Marr to complete a 37-12 win.