Rugby Union: Morley march on with Northern rout

Johnny Sykes leads the Morley charge. Picture: Dennis Elam
Johnny Sykes leads the Morley charge. Picture: Dennis Elam

Morley’s backs were in scintillating form on Saturday as the play-off chasing Maroons crushed Northern 74-14.

Nine of the 12 tries scored by the Scatcherd Lane hosts were bagged by the backs but the home pack proved equally impressive.

Second-placed Morley started the rout within the first minute when the returning Josh Greatrix put Will Smyth over and Mark Chester kicked the first of his five conversions.

Northern missed a kickable penalty on 11 minutes but Morley scored their second try seven minutes later, following a good break from Johnny Sykes and Brandon Hannam crashed over.

Northern hit back and made it 14-7 with a try in the corner from Dom Fawcett and Donal Collins’ goal.

But the Maroons refused to buckle and they finished the half strongly, Greatrix grabbing the hosts’ third try on 35 minutes and Scott Glynn racing over to put the home side 26-7 up at half-time.

The onslaught showed no signs of stopping on the resumption and Dante van der Merwe scored two in as many minutes before Jamie Powell intercepted to bag Northern’s second score of the day.

That would prove to be the final say from the visitors however and Morley let rip with Ian Sim and Karl Bradshaw each crossing twice, Scott Glynn touching-down and debutant Josh Longson having the final say with the Maroons’ twelfth try.

Jonny Sykes took over the kicking duties in the final stages to score two conversions.