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Old Brodleians expecting another physical derby
Having disposed of Keighley last weekend, Old Brodleians are expecting another physical derby at Heath in SSE Yorkshire Division One.
The visitors are bolstered by the return of Callum Thompson in the pack but it looks like Danny Wood will be missing due to the shoulder injury he received in training last week.
Brods will make the short journey to West Vale in good heart but John Cole’s team will be well aware of the importance of the game, and there will be similar challenges awaiting the Hipperholme side in that their hosts will be desperate for league points, as were Keighley.
There is bound to be a big crowd as well as Brods will be taking plenty of support for a keenly-anticipated match.
Last season, Brods were victorious at West Vale, while Heath were winners at Woodhead on two occasions, all in very closely-fought matches where no quarter was given.
No doubt the forward battle will be a major feature of the game on Saturday, and Brods' scrummage is looking stronger this season than for several campaigns.
Recent arrival Tipiloma Kivalu has started to have an influence on the side and, as he settles into the team, this influence is sure to become an important feature.
Man of the match last weekend in the 30-20 victory over Keighley was Joe Armitage, and his strength around the base of the scrum has been a feature in recent weeks.
The back line continues to look dangerous, with David Spivey always an attacking threat at centre, while his partnership with Sam Deacon is starting to blossom.
Wingers Kris Sharples and Matty Hoyle have also posed threats to their opposition in recent weeks, and Brods will be looking to win enough ball to create pressure and provide sufficient ball for their backs to profit.
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