Rugby Union: Sandal march on with Rossendale victory

Tom Coad
Tom Coad

SANDAL’S 100 per-cent home record in National 3 North remains intact following Saturday’s 20-11 success against Rossendale.

Rossendale, who defeated Jim Kilfoyle’s team at Marl Pits last September, threatened to do the double over Sandal when full-back Steve Nutt kicked two penalties to give the visitors a 6-0 lead with half-an-hour played.

The hosts finally cut out the indiscipline and got their ruck working in the final four minutes of the half however and Tom Coad raced over for a try converted by skipper Greg Wood.

Sandal’s lead was extended to 10-6 when Wood sent over a penalty with the final kick of the half.

The home captain added another penalty seven minutes into the second period and then played a crucial role in bagging the game’s decisive try.

With Rossendale exerting pressure deep in Sandal territory, Wood pounced on a loose pass to intercept and the supporting Simon Frewin galloped over the line for a Wood-improved score that made it 20-6 with 10 minutes remaining.

Rossendale’s endeavour was rewarded with a five-pointer two minutes from time but it was not enough to stop Sandal who have seven wins and a draw from their last eight outings.

Read Friday’s Wakefield Express for more news from Sandal RUFC.