Sandal 70 West 7

By Dave Picken - September 24 2012
Sandal 70 West 7
Wallis Hats off to Phil Wallis who came out of "retirement"  to play at fly half at Sandal as the injury and unavailibility crisis continued. Not sure when was the last time Phil played, but he was fortunate in having the excellent Ryan Painter at scrum half, but less fortunate in being part of a back line which, by all accounts,  did not defend as well as they might have.

Like many others I wasn't able to travel, but those who did reported some positives. Once the pack had sorted out the line-outs they competed well, and for the last 15 minutes of the first half and the first fifteeen of the second had Sandal defending in their own 22.

The game was memorable in that Martin Boatman was drafted onto the bench, and for the final stages of the game played on the wing joined his brothers in fuflilling a wish they have all long harboured. They deserved a better result.

Ian Pinchen did get over in the first half, but we were held up on at least two occasions during those spells of pressure . Phil Wallis got the conversion as his reward for volunteering. 

 By all accounts the home side gave their defence everything, which wasn't something which could be said of the visitors once the home side attacked with some flair and imagination.

Sandal raced into a 22-0 lead after twenty minutes before that try by Pinchen and then coasted him courtesy of a total of ten tries.

The performance of the front five, Ryan Painter and the return from the bench of the Stewart Grazier were the only plus points - although I did spot Stu Waites being able to ride his bike at the weekend so he is obviously recovering.

Billingham are the visitors this week and  after our last three results will be relishing the trip along the A689.

We will be hoping that that we can come close to fielding the side which hammered Birkenhead on the opening day.

West: Colin Cheslin, Tom Armstrong, Andrew Cheslin, Greg Edwards, Andrew Cheslin, Scott Butcher, Phil Wallis, Ryan Painter, Ian Pinchen, Andrew Rollins, Adam Coates, Andrew Davies, Craig Gilmour, Dan Boatman, Nathan Myers, Jon Boatman. Reps; Andrew Dixon, Martin Boatman, Stewart Grazier



Sandal 70 West 7
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
24/09/2012 10:25
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Re: Sandal 70 West 7
24/09/2012 11:20
Defence used to be one of our strong points. More work needed on the training ground I think.

Re: Sandal 70 West 7
On Looker (IP Logged)
24/09/2012 14:16
Yer I agree with WPA, but questions have to be asked within the side as we tackled ok against BP.

I think there's been alot of changes with personnel in the first team, not only from last season but each week!!

That would be my only question why so many changes, can`t the coaches decide on their team?

Re: Sandal 70 West 7
Chocky's Butler (IP Logged)
24/09/2012 14:43
You're not onlooking hard enough
Saturday's squad was down to the bare bones thats why Wallah and M Boatey had to play.

Re: Sandal 70 West 7
Walla (IP Logged)
25/09/2012 09:36
There were lots of positives to take from the game, up front we competed well, we held our composure, kept the ball well and had them on the rack at the end of the 1st half and the beginning of the 2nd.

Its only early in the season and plenty of Rugby to be played. Everyone is working hard to try and turn things around no more so than the players. Their attitude was 1st class on Saturday and they never gave up. Better results will come and we have seen in part how good we can play.

Like I said it will come and its not far off.

Lets get behind the lads this weekend against Billingham.

Re: Sandal 70 West 7
Hardwick Man (IP Logged)
27/09/2012 10:35
well said walla ... keep the faith, there is lot of season left

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