West 39 Morley 6

By El Pedro - March 17 2012
West 39 Morley 6
New Centre? After a tight first half we ran away with this one in the second adding four tries to Gareth Foreman’s opener and leap-frogging Lymm in the table thanks to an improved points difference.


Morley were more than in the game in the first half and had certainly come looking to play a bit of rugby, regularly running the ball from deep and keeping possession rather than kicking. The 13-6 scoreline at the break could have looked very different had goal-kicker Simon Bradshaw been able to find his range - the winger could only manage 2 successes from his 5 penalty attempts, ironically slotting the two most difficult kicks.

After two of those misses, the second hitting the upright, we got the first try of the afternoon with a trademark Foreman break from the base of a ruck. So often this season Andrew Foreman has been the man to provide such a break but with his injury allowing brother Gareth to step up to scrum-half it was his turn to slip through a tackle, round the full-back and score a fine solo try. As good as the try was it owed a lot to an interesting decision from the visitors to take a tap penalty from their own goal line moments earlier which allowed us to keep the pressure on after a good period of possession.

Waites added a simple penalty shot on 28 minutes after strong carrying from Andrew Davies, Michael Hogan and Liam Bailey before Bradshaw’s two shots pegged us back.

Deep in injury time Waites coolly slotted a drop goal to give us a bit more breathing space going into the break.

The second half was somewhat more one-sided and whilst Morley continued to tackle well, our pressure gradually wore them down and as the game broke up, gaps began appearing in the defensive line for us to exploit. Twice earlier in the game Waites had made half-breaks and almost slipped an off-load away and it was a case of third time lucky when he freed his arms and fed Davies to crash over 8 minutes into the half.

The impact of Stephen Stockdale off the bench took its toll and his ever-effective ball carrying helped generate an overlap on the left which Greg Edwards took full advantage of to go over by the corner flag just four minutes later.

Adam Coates pressed his case for a move from the front row to the centres as he popped up in midfield cutting a nice angle through the Morley defence, racing 35 metres for a memorable score.

Fellow front row colleague Liam Bailey wasn’t to be outdone and he found himself on the right wing, cutting inside his man and showing good pace to finish off the final try of the afternoon 10 minutes from time.

Another home win keeps our impressive record at Brinkburn going and more of the same will be on order for next week’s visitors Beverley - another side fighting to avoid the drop and desperately in need of points to chase down Penrith who were surprise winners today against Rossendale.

West: Larkin, Butcher, A Cheslin, Watson (Moss), Edwards, Waites, G Foreman, Hogan, Bailey, Coates (C Robinson), Davies, Lloyd (Stockdale), D Boatman, J Boatman, Eddy.

Tries: G Foreman, Davies, Edwards, Coates, Bailey
Cons: Waites 4
Pen: Waites
DG: Waites

YC: Hogan [37]

Morley: Moon, Clough, Wall, Marshall, Bradshaw, Evans, Burnell, Bell, Greatrix, Benn, Hanson, Richmond, Scott, Hewetson, Stephen Costello.
Reps: Dinsdale, Ashford, Stuart Costello.

Pens: Bradshaw 2

Referee: Dean Lythgoe [Northern Group]

West 39 Morley 6
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18/03/2012 09:32
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Re: West 39 Morley 6
19/03/2012 10:59
Well done lads for getting the job done and moving up to sixth place.
The target now has to be fifth. However this Saturday will be a lot harder game with Penrith opening a six point gap on Beverley who cannot afford to lose at Brinkburn.

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West.fan (IP Logged)
19/03/2012 18:11
Excellent result, well done to all the boys.

Adam's angle of run and turn of speed was superb, a well taken and deserved try.

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clubhouse end (IP Logged)
19/03/2012 18:39
He ran 25 metres and then went down with cramp :-)

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MikeyBoy (IP Logged)
20/03/2012 11:29
great try from coatesy

Re: West 39 Morley 6
20/03/2012 12:50
I think having front rows who can run in tries like Bailey and Coates did last Saturday is a major bonus. We must also have the youngest front row in the league.

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Supercodhead (IP Logged)
21/03/2012 12:05
anyone can run in if nobody tackles them>>>>

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Broken Army (IP Logged)
21/03/2012 12:08
Try telling Karlos that.

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Supercodhead (IP Logged)
21/03/2012 12:11
i would if i knew who he was>>>

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Westy Till I Die (IP Logged)
21/03/2012 14:34
'anyone can run in if nobody tackles them>>>>'

Just ask Horden !!

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Supercodhead (IP Logged)
22/03/2012 11:59
tackling wasnt the problem>>eveyone knows Hordle play a forwards game so the best thing to do is use your backs and run em round the pitch>>so we try to take them on up front>>>barmy>>>

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puzzled :s (IP Logged)
22/03/2012 12:13
Barmy or just actually rubbish?

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Good Authority (IP Logged)
22/03/2012 15:56
Heard Lee Maddison wants to leave

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