After having the game hastily changed from Dewsbury Rams to Castleford Lock Lane ARLFC because of badgers set at the ground, BARLA had a magnificent win over a Manly Select Side who were playing the opening game on tour.
Played in continuous rain BARLA came from behind to lead at halftime and swapped converted tries in the second half to record a memorable win over their Australian visitors.
BARLA were superb in defence and kept their cool when the game threatened to erupt at times with the Australians bringing the 'biff' into the game.
After dominating the early stages BARLA went behind as Manly's Scott Borg showed his speed and class to score and Scott Kenna added the extras.
But BARLA hit back with two tries in a six minute spell when winger Chris Lee finished off a move in the corner following a Tim Sutcliffe break and Anthony Atherton finished off his scoot from the play the ball and grubber into the in-goal. Craig Holmes added the extras and they went into the sheds 10-6 ahead.
The home side had two defend four consecutive sets and defended magnificently and broke away from 80 meters through Sutcliffe. He passed inside to Kevin Brown who went under the posts for a converted try.
On the hour the deficit was down to four points again as Clint Lowe went in and the crowd held it's breath in the final minutes as Kenna intercepted 90 meters out with the try line ahead of him. Somehow the BARLA players chased back to bring him down and glory was theirs.
Men of the Match
BARLA: Craig Holmes
Manly: Scott Borg
BARLA: Craig Holmes Thornhill Trojans), Danny Smith (Shaw Cross Sharks), Andy Dobson (Blackbrook), Tim Sutcliffe (West Bowling), Chris Lee (West Hull), Kevin Brown (Eastmoor Dragons), Andy Gargon (York Acorn), Scott Woodcock (Thornhill Trojans), Anthony Atherton (Wigan St Pats), Kevin Thompson (Wath Brow Hornets), Mark Spence (Skirlaugh), Gary Lumb (Sharlston Rovers), Anthony Broadhead (Thornhill Trojans). Subs: Joe Elliott (Barrow Island), Trevor Penrose (Skirlaugh), Matt Danville (Skirlaugh), Matt Myers (Shaw Cross Sharks), Stuart Coates (East Hull), Matt Jefferson (Barrow Island), John Eccles (Hull Dockers)
Tries:Lee, Atherton, Brown
Manly Select: Scott Kenna, Dean Connell, Zac Marsh, Jason Malgay, Mick Boyle, Brandon Scott, Scott Borg, Paul Morris, Brendan Crabb, Eamon Donnelly, Clint Lowe, Chris Needham, Ben Smith. Subs: Mick Radisivivh, Andrew Carpenter, David Frew, Christian Kemp, Tony Kelly, Andrew Needham
Tries: Borg, Lowe
Goals: Kenna (2)