IT IS a massive week for Sharlston Rovers who entertain Queens in the semi-finals of the BARLA National Cup on Saturday.
The clash with the reigning champions is sure to attract a big crowd to Weeland Road and it marks the first time that Rovers have reached the last four of the competition.
It’s sure to be a mouth-watering tie and Sharlston will go into the game full of confidence following their 64-6 demolition of Huddersfield St Joseph’s last Saturday.
The result puts Rovers level on points with Queens at the top of the Pennine Premier Division and only the Leeds team’s superior points difference separates them from Sharlston.
Rovers improved their own points haul however in a one-sided clash with Saints - a game in which the hosts ran in 36 points during the first half alone.
Centre Gareth Davies led the try haul with a hat-trick and prop Danny Richardson weighed in with a brace of his own.
Other tries came from Carl Spencer, Adam Saynor, Phil Hill, Sam Whitehouse, Carl Saville and Russian centre Aleksander Lysokon, who also bagged nine goals from 10 attempts to take his personal tally to 22 points.
Steven Hall bagged the other conversion for Rovers while Saints’ only response came from Neil Barrett’s try and goal.
The superb result not only bodes well for Rovers’ National Cup venture but also for another important cup game to be played at Weeland Road next week.
On Wednesday evening local rivals Normanton Knights visit Sharlston in the quarter-finals of the Wakefield ARL City Plasterers Cup and once again it should prove to be a cracking match.
Saturday’s National Cup game kicks-off at 2:30pm while Wednesday’s quarter-final gets under way at 6.30pm.
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