West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28

By El Pedro - October 27 2012
West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Nerveless Drop Goal Stu Waites calmly slotted drop goal three minutes from time clinched a vital win over Bradford & Bingley, lifting us above the Bees in the table and, more importantly, out of the bottom three.

The nail-biting climax was a fitting end to an entertaining game with 4 tries a-piece and the lead changing hands 5 times over the course of the game. Both sides scored some good tries and and from a neutral point of view neither deserved to lose.

Our second half performance, in particular, was an extraordinary effort having trailed 21-12 at break with Greg Edwards and Andy Cheslin on the sidelines injured and Jon Boatman drafted in at inside centre. Add to that Andrew Davies being unavailable prior to kick-off and the fact we had sturggled at both scrum and lineout the odds were stacked against us.

When Nathan Myers was shown a yellow card just 5 minutes into the second period, with the Bees on the attack, it seemed like we were clinging on by our fingernails. But the game changed with a Luke Watson interception try which ignited our confidence and laid the foundation for a thrilling comeback.

The game had started in just as lively a fashion as it continued with a couple of early tap penalties working well for us and Stewart Grazier happily accepting an inside pass from Waites to score the opening try just 2 minutes into the game.

Bradford & Bingley came roaring back with two tries, the first an unstoppable scrum from 5 metres out and the second the result of excellent support play, winger Adam Wellington finishing off in the left corner. Both tries were converted by full-back Richard Scull.

Andrew Rollins pulled one back for us on 24 minutes but Bees dangerman Richard Tafa broke away up the left wing and finished a good solo try 5 minutes later to restore his side’s lead.

The first score of the second half seemed crucial and Watson’s interception from just outside our own 22 turned the momentum of the game. Initially looking like he would be caught, he managed to out-pace the chasing defenders and Waites conversion cut the deficit to just two points. This was soon to become a one point lead as he slotted over a penalty moments later after the visitors were penalised for taking out a lineout jumper in the air.

We continued our pressure and Andrew Foreman’s half break led to Rollins’ second try of the game. The scrum half slipped away up the short side and found Andrew Dixon in support - he juggled the pass but somehow offloaded to Rollins for an easy run to the line. Waites couldn’t add the conversion leaving the Bees still within a score and they took full advantage needing only 5 minutes to work a try for Scull, which he duly converted to retake the lead 28-27.

With 15 minutes still to play we didn’t panic and eventually when the opportunity came Waites held his nerve with a very coolly struck drop goal to retake the lead once more. Bradford & Bingley still had time to respond and they did, building an attack from inside their own half but a knock-on brought the final whistle and well-earned celebrations.

West: Heckles, Edwards, A Cheslin, Watson, C Cheslin, Waites, Foreman, Rollins, A Dixon, Coates, Hogan, Myers, D Boatman, J Boatman, Grazier.
Reps: Wood, Robson, Jones

Tries: Grazier, Rollins 2, Watson
Cons: Waites 2
Pen: Waites
DG: Waites

YC: Myers

B&B:  Scull, Kanourous, Tafa, Greaves, Wellington, Bills, Jeffrey, Moss, White, Wederall, Malthouse, B Mitchell, Cochrane, M Mitchell, Ford.
Reps: Peglau, Cookson, Paul

Tries: Ford, Wellington, Tafa, Scull
Cons: Scull 4

Referee: Michael Harris

West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Official West Hartlepool RFC (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 08:07
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Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Cchappy (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 09:49
Excellent result for the whole squad! Provides a good platform to push on for the rest of the season, keep up the hard wok everyone!

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
westie66 (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 10:19
great result but what happened with the stags, how can we go from having 4 teams last season to only having one this season?

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 10:47
Lets not get into this in the public arena please. Carlo

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 10:58
Why on earth not? Apart from the 1sts result and performance, it was the talk of the club after the game.
People put a lot of work into running teams, and it's not right to see them let down.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Carlo03 (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 11:58
I agree but this message board is not the place for these discussions! Just provides a platform for people with no knowledge of the club to post rubbish and cause further problems. Any concerns can be addressed directly with the appropriate people within the club. Carlo

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 14:40
Good point, as long as we are not sweeping it under the carpet.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Guru (IP Logged)
28/10/2012 22:09
It was an excellent game to watch, the west lads did everything with 100% determination so well done and keep it up!

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Denny Dixon (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 06:09
Great 5 points!!! Sounds like a brilliant game. We MUST keep it going now and put ourselves into safety with at least two more 5 pointers out of the next 3 games.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
El Pedro (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 10:15
Have I read this somewhere before?



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 29/10/2012 10:18 by El Pedro.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 10:32
Imitation is the best form of flattery - as is cut and paste.

Won't have a word said against Benji Pickin in case we are related some way back. Anyway, it's his turn to buy the beer in the return fixture.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
29/10/2012 10:55
I was beginning to worry that what we used to call the "Old West Spirit" was a thing of the past but the lads certainly proved me wrong on Saturday.
With so many disruptions to the team both before and after the game you have to take your hat off to the way every player got stuck in against decent opposition. Special mention to Myers and Robson for stepping up to the plate and, of course, for Waites who is getting more and more authoritative every week.
Looking at the fixtures we have an opportunity in the next few few games to get ourselves in a much more comfortable position. Let's get out training and take that opportunity.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Dogtrack (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 14:17
Times must be hard in Bradford ... in the olden days this would be called plagiarism.
Send them a bill Pedro.

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
Dave Picken (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 14:51
Video now added

Re: West 30 Bradford & Bingley 28
exiled west 1 (IP Logged)
29/10/2012 21:34
picked a good game to come up north and watch the lads thought both teams played great rugby and were a credit to the league, Very impressed with the way the lads kept going when they went down to 14, well done.
Also quick mention for the ref who i thought had a good game he didnt miss much.

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