West 17 Percy Park 41

By El Pedro - September 15 2012
West 17 Percy Park 41
Andrew Rollins Three tries in a ten minute second-half spell saw Percy Park run away with this game and keep up their perfect start to the season.

Up until that point it had been a closely contested, tight game which we led 12-9 just after half time thanks to a try from Andrew Rollins. Unfortunately after that we were never really in it and were left contemplating our biggest home defeat since April 2010.

As ever Percy Park were well organised and from a foundation of skipper John Scott at scrum-half and Ashley Smith outside him they took control of the game in the second period and never looked back.

Three first half penalties from Smith had helped Park to a 9-5 half-time lead, our try having come on 28 minutes through a rolling maul with Adam Coates touching down. Aside from that there had been little goal-line activity with both teams creating half-chances but a combination of errors and the referee’s whistle bringing most to an end.

Rollins bustled over in the right corner with David Heckles converting 5 minutes into the second half and at that point it looked like being nip-and-tuck all the way to the end. Our lead only lasted until the 52 minute mark though when Scott broke down the right to set up a good position for his side. We looked to have cleared the danger back up towards half-way but as the ball moved over to the left, full-back Phil Morse sped clear up the touchline and stepped inside Colin Cheslin to score.

Smith converted and shot through a gap for a try of his own on the hour mark, again adding the conversion and all of a sudden the 3 point lead had become an 11 point deficit. Things were about to get worse - the restart didn’t go 10 metres and from the resulting scrum Scott and Smith combined once again to release winger Liam Blackburn for the try.

Andrew Foreman pulled one back in the 73rd minute, slipping through from short range but a drop goal and penalty nudged the visitors further away. The decision to go for goal in the last minute of normal time seemed an odd one with only three tries scored but in the end it didn’t matter as Howard Stock got the bonus point try in the right corner with the last play of the game, 7 minutes into injury time.

After such a promising performance first up against Birkenhead Park we have been brought back down to earth in the last two games but early form shows Percy Park as one of the top teams in the league and despite an unflattering scoreline we were more than competitive and can come away with some encouragement. Injuries have already had an effect with five starters from the opening game missing today and with the season still young there’s plenty of time to turn things around.

West: Cheslin, Armstrong, Edwards, Watson, Butcher, Heckles, Foreman, Pinchen, Rollins, Coates, Davies, Hogan, D Boatman, Myers, J Boatman.
Reps: A Dixon, Moss, Baggs

Tries: Coates, Rollins, Foreman
Con: Heckles

YC: J Boatman, Davies, Watson

Percy Park: Morse, Stock, Blair, Morton, Blackburn, Ashley Smith, Scott, Wafer, Dunn, Blakey, Fidler, Langlands, Bell, Davidson, Sylph.
Reps: Aaron Smith, Baldwin, Ponton

Tries: Morse, Ashley Smith, Blackburn, Stock
Cons: Ashley Smith 3
Pens: Ashley Smith 4
DG: Morton

YC: Wafer, Sylph, Scott

Referee: Brendan McGaffney [Liverpool]

West 17 Percy Park 41
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
16/09/2012 11:41
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Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
cheap shot city (IP Logged)
16/09/2012 18:00
Quote Reply Topic: Cheap Shotting Nat 3 North
Posted: Today at 17:43

Just a quick question to the forum.

How many teams are there in N3N that dont want to play rugby and prefer to cheap shot there way through games?

Having watched Percy Park play intelligent, structured, fast paced rugby versus West Hartlepool only to face a team that wanted to cheap shot them and slow the game down to a vets pace it made me wonder how many other teams in the league have this mind set.

Having played against West I realise the hard edge is part of there culture but in the past they actually tried to play rugby and were pretty good at it as well. I was suprised to see such a poor performance from them and such a lack of ambition!

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/09/2012 09:31 by davepicken.

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
On looker (IP Logged)
16/09/2012 19:53
To the person that has posted about "cheap shots" I was at the game yesterday watching from a far (as West are not my team) and must admit it didn't seem an ill tempered match or players complaining about so called cheap shots.

I just think west are going through a re building phase, with what seems a lot of new faces trying to settle into a new squad/coaches. Also both teams didn't have too much clean ball as both sides didn't roll away, along with a whistle happy referee!

After saying all of this there was some decent rugby played by both sides, just Percy Park had a little more confidence and belief.

So I would disagree with what has been but on here, although quite interesting what other people see!

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 04:52
Except comments from cheap shot city!!! sounds as if it was a matter of cohesion and confidence. If onlooker is right then it is something for the coaches to work on and hopefully be able to develop a settled side also, too many changes and new faces does not provide for cohesion and confidence.Actually wondered from afar if our preseason was too short and too little!!!

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
cheap shot city (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 07:37
Jst letting you know what they are talking about on rolling maul. You will find it hard to win games if you cant keep 15 men on the pitch and what i saw we had 3 in the bin on saturday

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
On looker (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 08:54
Both teams had 3 men in the sin-bin according to the internet. Also this does`t mean that they were in the Sin Bin for fowl play, could of been technical offences.

"Denny Dixon" - unsure about pre-season but I know they had a match cancelled against Westoe, because they cancelled against us also.

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
MikeyBoy (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 09:06
cheap shot city - were you actually at the match?
The yellow cards for both teams were all for offenses at the breakdown, most of them harsh, but the ref obviously wanted to make a point.
Both teams played rugby, the main difference between the sides being the scrum in the second half when we couldn't secure our own ball cleanly. Also, percy Park have some strong runners in the backs who, once the first up tackle is missed were good at making those breaks count.

West were second best on the day, but it was a decent performance considering all the absences. It's not going to get any easier next week at Sandal though

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 17/09/2012 09:08 by MikeyBoy.

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
17/09/2012 09:54
Agree with Mikey. We had three unfamiliar players in the pack and players out of position in the backs. Hopefully the injury situation will clear up soon.
I am not sure what the definition of a cheap shot is. Ponton came on and changed the game with his experience. He was using his trickery to gain some advantage, and on this occasion had one West player in a headlock on the ground and was hauling back another. The player who delivered the "cheap shot" in order to extricate himself was [I think] making his first team debut and had only been on the pitch five minutes so you can hardly say it is endemic in the West team.
Ponton didn't make a fuss and just got on with it as he obviously knew he had been pushing it.

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
Beer Monsterzz (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 12:09
My guess. The original poster in this thread is the mischievous "Westwatch" from a few weeks ago. I wish the Darkside still had their own forum instead of causing chew on here

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
Supercodhead (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 12:18

anyroadup can you keep this run going please>>>im now up to 5th in the prediction league>>>

Re: West 17 Percy Park 41
Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
17/09/2012 15:16
Thought PP's half backs were the difference. Our first up tackling slipped up in the second half and a few lads were more keen on making the big hit than playing heads up
Injuries etc also meant the stags were down to the bare bones.
Firsts were missing Carsie, Gilly, Disco, Roo, Stewie and Andy Ches from the side which beat Birkenhead.

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