Blaydon III 7 Bucks 33 (11/10/08)

By Chris Harrison - October 14 2008
Blaydon III 7 Bucks 33 (11/10/08)
Mallinson West Bucks travelled up to Blaydon along with the Stags to play the home clubs Development Team. West had to unfortunately travel up short as a couple of late cry offs and no shows took its toll.
Blaydon had a large squad so sportingly lent West players to make up the numbers. The game had to be uncontested upfront in the scrums due to a lack of any spares in this area.
Blaydon started well with their forwards being aggressive and using a driving maul very well throughout the game. West were somewhat disorganised at times and allowed the mauls to stay on their feet rather than use the new ELV on pulling down mauls to their advantage.
From a lineout catch and drive on 15 minutes the home team were able to take the lead with a converted try.
As West got more into the game due to getting themselves organised they were able to become more of an attacking force. Full back Luke Mallinson, who had been fielding Blaydons clearance kicks and returning them excellently well, was able to convert penalties on 20 and 35 minutes to bring the score back to 6 – 7 at half time.

The 2nd half started well for West on 5 minutes when the backs spun the wall wide, the subsequent ruck was won by the back row and moved back across the park. A breakdown occurred a few meters from the line and the forwards took it on and after several pick and gos were able to force their way over when hooker Ryan O’Connor was driven over (11 – 7).
Luke Mallinson converted a penalty on 10 minutes (14 – 7).
Blaydon now made a concerted effort to retake the lead and camped on the West line for several minutes. But the visitors defence was tremendous and continually drove Blaydons efforts back.
This was to prove a turning point in the game when eventually West won a penalty and cleared the pressure.
West were really playing well now with the backs being a constant danger and the forwards ensuring the ball was recycled.
On one such backs attack Mark Pearce was given some space on his wing and took his chance excellently. He ran at his wingers inside shoulder then outpaced him on the outside before outpacing the rest of the defence to score near the posts. Luke Mallinson converted (21 – 7).
Fly half Stu Waites had been using some deft kicking over the tops of the Blaydon backs throughout the game and he used the ploy on 25 minutes to put them under pressure. An excellent chase by the backs ensured the ball was rewon and then spun wide for one of Blaydons guest players to score against his home team (26 – 7).
On full time West completed their scoring when Simon Cavey was able to cut through the centre after the ball had been moved around the park and Blaydons defence was in some disarray. Luke Mallinson converted (33 – 7).

Notable displays came from Pete Considine at prop, who is currently converting from centre, his tackling was tremendous at times with one big hit removing one of the Blaydons centres from the game and his broken field running causing constant problems for the home team.
Simon Cavey in the centre gave one of his normal assured displays which brings stability and calmness to what is a young team,
Stu Waites at fly half gave his best performance of the season so far as he tries out in his new position rather than scrum half.
Mark Pearce on the wing looks more and more the part as he begins to use his size and strength effectively.
Its just a pity that more players didn’t or don’t want to commit regularly to what is becoming a very enjoyable team to play in.